Not much different from the VHS release in 1986
J. DEATS | Houston, TX USA | 09/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD features the complete New Haven concert from the tour to support the bands first album with Sammy Hagar. Live Without a Net takes you back in time to 1986 when the second incarnation of Van Halen was still green; A time when the band was full of energy, fun and love for one another. A time when the music was the most important thing for all of them. Indeed, this is a different band than what we see five years later on the Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now DVD from 1991. Here we see Sammy Hagar even picking up lead guitar duty on the keyboard ballads Love Walks In and Why Can't This Be Love. In addition to that two Hagar solo tracks: There's Only One Way To Rock and I Can't Drive 55 are incorporated into the bands set as if they were Van Halen songs. In the not too distant future egos would inflate and each band member would exist as a island on stage, but for the time being it's 1986 and this is Van Halen in their prime.
Only three stars because there's nothing special here. No special features and the new DTS and DD 5.1 audio mixes could have been better.
Best Van Halen or Rock DVD I've seen yet
C. Raltey | Tampa, FL | 10/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a prior Van Halen with DLR fan I was pleasantly surprised by the energy and tightness of this show. Sammy Hager is way better than DLR and I think he shows it here big time. Eddie has never been better and the 5150 song riffs are awesome and tight. Camera work is good too as they jump around in tune with the songs quite well. Overall just a great time and really brings back some memories for me of the great rock concerts of the 80's."
Looks like VH was fun back then!!
Sandman | Canada | 09/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a VH fan since 1979. The sheer energy they put form both live and on their studio works was second to none. Edward was the master guitarist of the up and comers and this DVD proves what he could do when he's not tanked!!. The band is having a great time and the tunes rock. If you liked the DLR years (and I do) but have a hate on for the post DLR years, you're missing a very good live DVD. Sammy was fronting the band at this point and time and he was a very good choice. Sure the band dynamic changed with him in and Dave out, but life goes on. VH in 1986 was a great live band with or without Dave and this DVD proves it. Sound is good as is the quality for the most part. If you like VH and you enjoy watching a band have fun live this DVD is for you."
Van Halen at their best
Jack | Australia | 01/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie Van Halen was one of the guitarists who first inspired me to pick up a guitar and amaze me with his two handed tapping technique. So this DVD has its place in my DVD collection.
This DVD really highlights the band in their hey day, enjoying themselves and showing the energy playing in front of a crowd can bring induce. Despite the absence of Roth, they were still able to find success with 5150 and ride that wave of success and churn out plenty of 5150 tunes. Sammy still manages to sing a couple of pre-5150 tunes and shows he is not unfamiliar with a fret board.
The footage is good enough for me. The sound though is not the best, but considering this was recorded almost 20 years ago, you cant expect the same recording quality as today due to technological advances.
Anyone who likes Van Halen will appreciate them not just for their ability to compose good music, but also becuase Eddie is a legend amongst guitar circles for his innovative playing.
I think this shows Van Halen at best, having a good time, working the crowd and playing good music. Throw in some 80's fashion and glam and you've got an entertaining DVD."