Live: Right Here, Right Now

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Live: Right Here, Right Now.
Live album by Van Halen
Released February 23, 1993 (1993-02-23)
Recorded May 14–15, 1992 at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 141:17
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Van Halen, Andy Johns
Van Halen chronology
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
(1991)
Live: Right Here, Right Now.
(1993)
Balance
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Live: Right Here, Right Now. is a live album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1993. It is their only live album released to date.

History[edit]

The album combines songs performed over two nights in May 1992 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA. The bulk of the songs on this album were from the first night, such as the solos performed by Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar. There is much debate as to whether or not the songs on this album have been doctored in the studio, as the original 1992 broadcast of these songs from Cabo Wabo, were much more raw and unmixed sounding, and actually sounded more true to the bands' live sound than the recording that was ultimately released.

According to Sammy Hagar's 2011 autobiography, Red, the entire album was picked apart and re-recorded by the band and Hagar was forced to go into the studio to lay down vocals for the entire album.[citation needed] There were also publishing issues involving the two Hagar tunes that appear on the album.[citation needed] Manager Ed Leffler had recently passed, and Eddie and Alex were now being managed by Ray Danniels, with whom Sammy has gone on record as saying he didn't get along with. Publishing for, "One Way to Rock" and "Give to Live" totaling an estimated $80,000 went directly into the Van Halen account, instead of going to Sammy. Ray Danniels had discovered a massive publishing deal Ed Leffler had made with Warner just before he died, which had Eddie and Alex Van Halen believing Sammy and Leffler might have been taking money from the band. Leffler had put the entire Van Halen catalogue up for collateral. The band still owed Warner for the advance when Danniels discovered the deal. To keep tension down within the band, Sammy wound up owing the band an estimated $300,000, and therefore made the gesture to Eddie and Alex of giving them the publishing from his two solo songs that appeared on the album.

The album contained only four David Lee Roth era songs (including Van Halen's arrangement of "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks), and two songs from Sammy Hagar's solo years. It also featured drum and bass solos and a cover of a song by The Who. As was the case with all tours with Hagar, the band focused on songs from the new album, Hagar's solo material and covers for the tour's duration. The then-current album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is very well represented, with ten of the eleven songs originally featured on that album.

David Lee Roth era songs on the album[edit]

Sammy Hagar sang four David Lee Roth era Van Halen songs on the album, "Panama" and "Jump" from 1984, and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "You Really Got Me" from Van Halen. "You Really Got Me" is stopped before the 2 minute mark and starts "Cabo Wabo", a Hagar-era song. "You Really Got Me" picks up again when "Cabo Wabo" is finished, thus making the two songs one track on the album.

Also, during the "316" track, Eddie breaks out in three instrumentals from the Roth-led years. Those three being "Cathedral" from Diver Down, "Eruption" from Van Halen and the intro to "Mean Street" from Fair Warning.

The "Ultra Bass" track is Michael Anthony's bass solo, occasionally accompanied by Alex Van Halen's drums. During his solo, Anthony plays a portion of the Fair Warning track "Sunday Afternoon in the Park" which originally was a keyboard track performed by Eddie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs credited to Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen and Edward Van Halen except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Poundcake" – 5:28 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  2. "Judgement Day" – 4:52 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  3. "When It's Love" – 5:22 (from OU812)
  4. "Spanked" – 5:08 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  5. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" (Anthony/Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 4:37 (from Van Halen)
  6. "In 'n' Out" – 6:20 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  7. "Dreams" – 4:49 (from 5150)†
  8. "Man on a Mission" – 4:49 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  9. "Ultra Bass" – 5:15 (Michael Anthony bass solo)
  10. "Pleasure Dome/Drum Solo" – 10:38 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge/Alex Van Halen drum solo)
  11. "Panama" (Anthony/Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 6:39 (from 1984)
  12. "Love Walks In" – 5:14 (from 5150)
  13. "Runaround" – 5:21 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
Disc two
  1. "Right Now" – 6:13 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  2. "One Way to Rock" (Hagar) – 4:58 (Sammy Hagar solo song, from Standing Hampton)
  3. "Why Can't This Be Love?" – 3:48 (from 5150)
  4. "Give to Live" (Hagar) – 7:11 (Sammy Hagar solo song, from I Never Said Goodbye)
  5. "Finish What Ya Started" – 5:50 (from OU812)
  6. "Best of Both Worlds" – 5:00 (from 5150)
  7. "316" – 11:37 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  8. "You Really Got Me/Cabo Wabo" (Ray Davies/Anthony/Hagar/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 13:23 (Van Halen/OU812)
  9. "Won't Get Fooled Again" (Pete Townshend) – 5:41 (cover, originally by The Who)†
  10. "Jump" (Anthony/Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 4:26 (from 1984)†
  11. "Top of the World" – 4:59 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)

On the German and Japanese versions of the album and in the Van Halen Box: 1986–1993 (only available in Japan), a bonus disc is included which includes the B-Sides to the "Jump" single.

  1. "Eagles Fly" (Hagar) - 6:03 (Sammy Hagar solo song, from I Never Said Goodbye) (appears on the Live: Right Here, Right Now. Video/DVD)
  2. "Mine All Mine" - 5:27 (from OU812) (recorded in Tokyo on February 2, 1989, as part of the OU812 Tour)

† denotes a single

Home video[edit]

Live: Right Here, Right Now.
Video by Van Halen
Released June 8, 1999
Recorded May 14–15, 1992 at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 120:00
Label Warner Reprise Video
Van Halen chronology
Video Hits Volume I
(1996/1999)
Live: Right Here, Right Now
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[5]

The footage was filmed with 15 cameras over two nights in May 1992 and mixed together, with the bulk of the footage and music coming from the second night. The DVD is single-sided but dual-layer format, running approximately 120 minutes long. The only non-musical items are optional subtitles or closed captioning (DVD) plus a brief clip of each performer (not in concert) talking about music in general. 15 of the songs here were part of the 27 recordings from the live double-CD album with the addition of two songs which weren't on the audio album: The Dream Is Over and Eagles Fly.

Track listing

  1. "Poundcake" – 5:28
  2. "Judgement Day" – 4:52
  3. "Man on a Mission" – 4:49
  4. "When It's Love" – 5:22
  5. "In 'n' Out" – 6:20
  6. "Right Now" – 6:13
  7. "Ultra Bass" – 5:15
  8. "Pleasure Dome/Drum Solo" – 9:38
  9. "Spanked" – 5:08
  10. "Runaround" – 5:21
  11. "Finish What Ya Started" – 5:50
  12. "Eagles Fly" (Hagar) - 6:03
  13. "316" – 11:37
  14. "You Really Got Me/Cabo Wabo" (Ray Davies/Anthony/Hagar/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 7:58
  15. "The Dream Is Over"
  16. "Jump" (Anthony/Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen) – 4:26
  17. "Top of the World" – 4:59

Personnel[edit]

with:

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Van Halen, Andy Johns
  • Mixing: Andy Johns
  • Mixing assistant: Rail Jon Rogut
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Design: Lyn Bradley, Jeri Heiden
  • Photography: David Graham, John Halpern, Mark Seliger

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 5

Singles[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Jump (Live)" Mainstream Rock Tracks
1993 "Won't Get Fooled Again" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1993 "Dreams (Live)" Billboard Hot 100 111

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