Rocks Off's 10 Biggest Musical Disappointments of 2012

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Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth at Toyota Center in June
CRAIG HLAVATY: David Lee Roth and the Van Halen Family Band? Yes, it could be said with some exaggeration, and tongue firmly sunken and glued in cheek, that openers/funk legends Kool & the Gang were the main act and that Van Halen played their afterparty.

I thought that during the K&TG set jokingly, but as each VH song reeled out, it was like a hellish Nostradorkus prediction. The Van Halen Family Band -- Eddie, uncle Alex and son/nephew Wolfgang -- was playing with menacing precision. For his age, Wolfie was in the pocket. Sure, we all miss Michael Anthony, but with Wolf you at least know that it's in reverent hands. His backing vocals aren't terrible, either. Those backing vocals were the saving grace of the night, which isn't how it should be.

That's the only way one could even sing along, if you wanted to attempt to. It disrupted the "groove," so to speak. Roth was either ahead of the band, behind the band or adding new lyrics and embellishments to nearly every cut, save for maybe "You Really Got Me" and "I'll Wait."

I wish that Roth had been at the show the Van Halens were at, because it would have sounded great. He was in an alternate Vegas dimension in front of a million-piece orchestra where he had to fill up two hours of dead air.

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MATTHEW KEEVER: The Killers' new album, Battle Born. Overall, it was just too mellow. It's not a bad album, per se, but coming from the same guys who released Hot Fuss, it's something of a letdown. If nothing else, though, it's definitely an improvement from Day & Age. What the hell was that about, anyway?

CHRISTINA LYNN: "Anything Is Possible" by Ellie Goulding -- it just does not grab me like her single "Lights" did.

SHEA SERRANO: Tyga breaking my heart when I went to go see him perform "Rack City" and some other songs.

NATHAN SMITH: Though Bill Ward's contract wrangling didn't help, Tony Iommi's shocking cancer diagnosis derailed any hope of a Black Sabbath reunion tour in 2012. Sure, they're creaky old dudes these days, and Ozzy's voice has been gone for decades. But it was still hard to accept that I've seen the mighty Sabbath for probably the last time already.

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LOL @ someone having real expectations for Odd Future.

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