Van Halen begins delayed Japanese tour with expanded set, film from David Lee Roth

Van Halen belatedly began its 2013 tour of Japan with a jumbo set that expanded to include “Jamie’s Cryin,’” “Atomic Punk” and — just before the timeless “Ice Cream Man” — a special showing of David Lee Roth’s cool short film “Tokyo Story.” See video from today’s performance of “Panana” here!

On stage for some two hours and 20 minutes at Nagoya’s Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Van Halen also did “The Trouble With Never,” “Mean Street” and “Hear About It Later,” along with many of the group’s tried-and-true favorites.

A complete setlist can be found below for the Nagoya performance, which jump starts Van Halen’s tour in support of the Roth-reunion project A Different Kind of Truth. This leg was delayed after Eddie Van Halen found himself abruptly sidelined with health issues last year.

The day started with bassist Wolfgang Van Halen tweeting a humorous photo of himself with dad Eddie, saying “just gotta tune up real quick.”

Van Halen last played Japan during its 1998 tour in support of the widely panned III, featuring Extreme’s Gary Cherone.

In “Toyko Story,” Roth plays a Japanese-speaking hitman who utters these immortal words: “In the name of the moon, I shall right wrongs!,” referencing the Sailor Moon manga series by Naoko Takeuchi.


Van Halen, June 18, 2013 setlist, Nagoya, Japan:
1. Unchained
2. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. She’s The Woman
4. Romeo Delight
5. Tattoo
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
8. China Town
9. Jamie’s Cryin’
10. Hear About It Later
11. Pretty Woman
12. Drum Solo
13. You Really Got Me
14. The Trouble With Never
15. Dance The Night Away
16. I’ll Wait
17. And The Cradle Will Rock…
18. Hot For Teacher
19. Women In Love…
20. Atomic Punk
21. Mean Street
22. Beautiful Girls
* Short Film “Tokyo Story”
23. Ice Cream Man
24. Panama
25. Guitar Solo
26. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
27. Jump

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