Live Without a Net (Van Halen video)

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Live Without a Net
Video by Van Halen
Released 1987
September 14, 2004
Recorded August 27, 1986 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut
Genre Hard rock
Length 92:00
Label Warner Reprise Video
Van Halen chronology
Live Without a Net
(1987)
Video Hits Volume I
(1996/1999)

Live Without a Net is a live concert video of Van Halen recorded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1986, and released the following year. It was of their performance on August 27, 1986 at New Haven's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The 90-minute release removed a few songs from the full performance. While the band attempted to record the previous night, audio problems prevented it from being used, although some video footage from that night would later surface in music videos. The concerts were part of the 1986 tour, Van Halen's first with lead singer Sammy Hagar.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. "There's Only One Way to Rock" (Sammy Hagar)
  3. "Summer Nights" (Michael Anthony, Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen)
  4. "Get Up" (Anthony, Hagar, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  5. "Drum Solo" (A. Van Halen)
  6. "5150" (Anthony, Hagar, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  7. "Best of Both Worlds" (Anthony, Hagar, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  8. "Bass Solo" (Anthony)
  9. "Panama" (Anthony, David Lee Roth, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  10. "Love Walks In" (Anthony, Hagar, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  11. "Guitar Solo" (E. Van Halen)
  12. "I Can't Drive 55" (Hagar)
  13. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" (Anthony, Roth, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  14. "Why Can't This Be Love" (Anthony, Hagar, A. Van Halen, E. Van Halen)
  15. "Rock 'N' Roll" (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)

Additional information[edit]

Songs appear in the concert film in a sequence that differs from the original performance, and at least four songs from the live show ("You Really Got Me", "Dreams", "Good Enough", and "Wild Thing") were omitted from the film entirely. Other edits to the concert were made, such as editing Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo slightly and cutting brief moments elsewhere from the night. The performance of "Best of Both Worlds", which included a portion of Robert Palmer's hit "Addicted to Love" was aired during the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, but the Palmer section was edited out of the home video release. The same performance footage that aired during the MTV VMA's continued to include "Love Walks In", further illustrating the re-arranging of the playlist order for the edited home video version. Both aired in one continuous clip during the awards show. The continuity problems continued as displayed during the start of Eddie's guitar solo. At one point Eddie sticks his cigarette under the strings behind the nut. A few moments later, Eddie smokes his cigarette then discards it to the floor. A few seconds later the cigarette re-appears in its original place, behind the nut.

The first portion of Eddie's guitar solo would later on be recorded in the studio as "316" off the 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

Originally released on VHS and Laserdisc, Live Without A Net was re-released on DVD in 2004 with both Stereo and Surround Sound - Dolby 5.1 and DTS mixes.