David Lee Roth Blasts 80’s Hair Metal Bands
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth was recently interviewed on 96.3 KKLZ where he blasted 80’s hair metal saying they were ripping off Van Halen. He referred to them as “gimmickry and trade crap” to rip off Van Halen.
Roth claimed that Van Halen were actually a ‘70s band and suggested that, unlike the “imitators” he was discussing, they had strong songs that superseded the larger-than-life costumes and antics they became known for.
“Hair bands were the imitations of Van Halen,..Yeah, it is true, and spandex was what they came up with as something visual. I started off in leather, with the same haircut that Bono and [Bruce] Springsteen and the guys in Metallica had. A famous haircut – if I had that same haircut today, it’d have its own Instagram!”
Roth pointed out that Van Halen “started off in 1972, and our first two albums were in the ’70s. We sold our first 10 million records before the ’70s were over. We spawned a whole lot of imitators who resorted to gimmickry and trade crap. It’s easier to imitate a haircut and a kind of pants and to exhibit bad behavior.”
He further proved his point by claiming that he knew of people who had gotten married, started families, went to war and were even been buried against the background of Van Halen songs. “I’m probably on your station 14 times a day,” he claimed. “Unless it’s Halloween or New Year’s!”
Roth recently made headlines when he claimed that Van Halen was finished and it’s been rumored that guitarist Eddie Van Halen is dealing with health issues. Meanwhile, Roth will be starting up a residency in Las Vegas in January of next year.