Smith's got what it takes.


Local musician, nice guy, and rock icon scion Jackson Smith played guitar with a partly reconstituted Van Halen last night during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony; they performed "Why Can't This be Love." Sammy sounds pretty good; rough, but at least he seems to be enjoying himself. I can't stand the horns in this version, but they're as bad as the keyboards in the original, so I'm not sure it would've been better to resurrect those.

Watch it.

Most of all this version sounds like a rough-edged, real song, and that's important for a band that's been mostly broken up for awhile and was too slick in the studio way back then.