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There’s certainly no shortage of evidence to suggest the Advancement of David Lee Roth and Van Halen—take Roth’s recent stint as a radio host, or Eddie Van Halen replacing bassist Michael Anthony with his 15-year old-son, Wolfgang. Or Eddie Van Halen naming his child Wolfgang in the first place.

All that aside, this recent footage from a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, makes a more academic argument for the genius of the reunited Van Halen. By playing their synthesizer backing tracks at 48K instead of 44.1K the band managed to turn their #1 single jump into a microtonal exploration worthy of Iannis Xenakis. Was it an accident? A highly overt trip into the avant garde? Or Advancement?


And in his defense, Michael Anthony was way ahead of the game here: