Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour in Seattle last night, peppering their set list with a half-dozen songs that haven't been played live in decades – or in some cases, which were making their live debuts.
Bassist Wolfgang Van Halen promised fans "by far the best set list" he's ever made for this trek, and he delivered a big surprise right out of the gates as the band started the show with "Light Up the Sky" from their 1979 sophomore album. It's a track that hasn't been played live in 35 years, according to our friends at the Van Halen News Desk.
The night also saw the live debuts of "Drop Dead Legs" and "Dirty Movies" – both of which we've included below – and the return of long-lost gems such as "Feel Your Love Tonight" and "In a Simple Rhyme," the latter complete with the Women and Children-closing instrumental "Growth." Of course, essential classics such as "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Panama" occupied the majority of the evening. Van Halen's summer tour continues until October 2, and you can get all the dates right here.
It's official. At 6-foot-4, Blosom is the world's tallest cow ever. That's the determination made by Guinness World Records, which had previously named the female Holstein the world's tallest living cow. The new record was announced on June 25. Blosom lived on a farm in Orangeville, Illinois. Her owner, Patty Meads-Hanson, got Blosom when the cow was just eight weeks old.
Blosom was 13 years old when she died on May 26. During her life, she was the official "greeter" for Memory Lane Crafting Retreat, a retreat situated on the farm.
ABC News couldn't reach Meads-Hanson for comment on Thursday evening, but a post on Blosom's Facebook page said the cow "was called to graze in a more glorious pasture."
Blosom died after suffering a leg injury. Meads-Hanson found the cow down in a pasture, her left leg in "a position that wasn't normal," according to a post on the Facebook page. Two veterinarians worked in the pouring rain to try to lift the cow but they were ultimately unsuccessful.
"Her injury appeared to happen when she laid down, slipping in the mud, and damaging a ligament in her hip, and would never be able to stand. I had to make that hard decision - I wouldn't let her suffer. It's the last act of kindness you can do for an animal you love, but it sure is hard," Meads-Hanson wrote on Facebook.
Donations are being sought to erect a memorial to Blosom on Meads-Hanson's farm.
JOHN SCHNEIDER from "Dukes of Hazzard" posted a YouTube rant about TV Land yanking reruns of the show because the car had the Confederate flag on it. He called it an "error" in judgment, and wishes we could all just watch TV in peace. But golfer BUBBA WATSON owns one of the original cars they used, and says he's planning to paint over the flag and put an American flag there instead.
The U.S. won its record third Women's World Cup on Sunday (July 5th), beating Japan 5-2 in Vancouver, Canada, for the American team's first World Cup title since 1999. Midfielder Carli Lloyd turned in an incredible performance that helped her win the Golden Ball as player of the tournament, scoring three times in the first 16 minutes as the U.S. staked an early 4-0 lead, getting the first hat trick in a Women's World Cup final and the fastest one in World Cup history, for both men's and women's teams. [Look in "Last Night's TV Audio" for sound from the game.]
The other scorers for the U.S. were Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath.
Hope Solo won her second straight Golden Glove as top goalkeeper of the tournament.
Here are four tips from a professional photographer on how to get better photos of fireworks this weekend . . .
1. Turn your flash off. If you don't, everything over ten feet away will end up underexposed. If you want to take a photo of someone with the fireworks behind them, set it up so their face is lit by a light behind you.
2. Don't just photograph the sky. Photos of fireworks with nothing in the foreground tend to be boring, so try to get the skyline in there too. Or try something like a shot of your kid from behind while they're watching.
3. Turn off the HDR feature. It stands for "high dynamic range," and it makes your camera take three quick photos at different exposures, then combines them into one image to make the lighting look more natural.
A lot of cell phone cameras have an HDR feature now, but it works best with still images where nothing's moving. If you use it with fireworks, they'll just look blurry.
4. Take photos with a long exposure. That's where the shutter stays open a few seconds longer and lets more light in. But not all camera phones let you do it, and you pretty much have to use a tripod to make it work.
Can't the government let us enjoy ANYTHING anymore? They ruined smoking, they ruined football, they ruined carbs . . . and now they're trying to ruin FIREWORKS.
A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that fireworks are terrible for your health.
When one explodes, tiny particles 30 times thinner than a human hair are left in the air. And if you ingest too many of them, there could be short and long-term effects . . . especially if you have lung problems.
You might cough, have shortness of breath, or have an asthma attack. But they ultimately might lead to a heart attack, a stroke, or EARLY DEATH if you have heart or lung disease.
The number of firework particles in the air peaks from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on July 4th . . . but usually they're all gone by noon the next day. So if you have lung issues, the researchers say you might want to stay indoors on the night of the 4th.