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Van Halen opened its 2012 tour in Louisville and I shot these photos, but not of David Lee Roth jumping because I was only there for three songs and “Jump” wasn’t one of them

Three weeks ago Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth—its first album of new material with David Lee Roth in almost 30 years. But when the band’s 45-city North American tour kicked off at Louisville’s sold out KFC Yum! Center (aka The Bucket) Saturday night, the 22-song set list—beginning with a cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” from Van Halen’s eponymous 1978 debut and ending with 1984‘s “Jump”—focused on the California quartet’s earlier albums.

Diamond Dave (who’s looking a bit like Carson Kressley these days) may not have the range—vocal or aerial— that he used to. But along with the three Van Halens—Eddie on guitar, Alex on drums and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass (original bassist Michael Anthony was let go in 2006, possibly because he launched a brand of hot sauce; I’m not joking)—as these photos show, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers can still get up. (I shot them from the soundboard using a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens on a Nikon D3100.)

The tour is scheduled to run through June.

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