View Full Version : Even More News from Cleveland...Dave Talks !

Don Kirschner Fan
05.24.02, 11:08 AM
This sounds sooo much like the days before a VH show...'Sorry so long, but the paper's web site hasn't updated yet, so I'm forced to transcribe.
So, without further ado:

Diamond Daze

David Lee Roth laughs uproariously at his own ingenuity. In mid-March, while the rock world waited patiently for Van Halen to do the right thing and welcome the singer back into the fold, Diamond Dave was busy doing what he does best - thinking outside the box while practising those whirling kicks. Word was that Roth & Sammy Hagar, who replaced Roth in 1985, then quit Van Halen himself in 1996, couldn't stand each other. Who would believe they could ever share a stage ? Why, Diamond Dave, of course.

"I wanted to create something that wasn't predicted, yet when you saw it, it was patently obvious," he says of his co-headlining tour with the Red Rocker. "It's kind of like the wheel. I didn't think of that, either, but when I saw it I said, 'But of course - no corners!"
Roth stops to laugh uproariously again, as he does after almost every sentence. At 48, the human exclamation point is enjoying the life that fans would wish upon him. He trains in martial arts 20 hours a week; hangs out with his girlfriend Margaret, a Cleveland native; stocks his virtual Noah's ark of a music collection ("You like Pakistani retro disco ? I've got some of that. I got it from the place where I eat shish-kebab. No shit."), all while remaining on "heightened alert" in the event of a terrorist attack.
"Give peace a chance' is the mantra of several generations of rock and rollers," he explains. "But I'm a trigger hippie. My chant is, 'Fuck you, give peace a chance, and if it doesn't work out, I got you covered."
Now, this summer, he'll be sharing his high-wire life with fans once again when the "Sans Halen Tour," as critics have dubbed it, deflowers Blossom on May 29.
"I think people come to a rock show to see themselves reflected in the singer's eyes," he says. "The vicarious experience: That's probably what I'm huckstering more than any other single commodity."
And he doesn't need much to do it. Like Keith Richards once said of Mick Jagger, Roth could work a coffee table and entertain people.
"And you should be able to do it in a pair of jeans with one white lightbulb," he adds. "And the guy working the light should fuck it up every now and then. No, all I need is an empty wooden floor, a power trio, and some moves I've been working on since I was 12."

In my opinion, the Van Hagar years and Sammy's solo stuff is unlistenable. Is the extra box office really worth having to hear that music night after night ?
"It's way more than that. This tour that goes beyond the Elton-John-and-Billy-Joel sort of potpourri of hits. We have that - there's 100 million record sales between us - but there's also an uneasiness, like at a NASCAR race: "What's going to happen ?" There's a rivalry, and there's a comparison value that most bands don't have. There ain't no other lead singer from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Led Zeppelin didn't even try to replace John Bonham. People will listen to both acts, and make those inevitable comparisons. That's a human thing.

But have you ever met anyone who actually prefers Van Hagar to the original lineup ?
Yes, I have !

Really ?
Well, I'm as stunned as you are, and I'm David Lee Roth ! Hence, you have that interaction in the audience: "Are they friends or enemies ?" Obviously, we are colleagues. Any kind of friction between us is football quality at worst. He owns a tequila company, for chrissakes !

Can't be all bad, then.
No - he's the 13th step.

You'll be dusting off some Van Halen material for the tour. Are the famed buttless leather trousers coming out of mothballs, too ?
I have something better than buttless leather trousers planned; I'll be wearing my best combat spandex. I'm Thoroughly Modern Marvin here. As far as the Van Halen stuff ? We'll play almost all of it, if not all of it. People will be turning to one another going, "Jesus, I forgot this one; this one's my favorite. Oh my god, I was arrested to that ! I met your mom to this !" And these songs transcend generational value.

In Cleveland, those albums are issued at birth.
Well, it's verb music. Pick just about any infinitive you want, and it just sort of fits. You can switch on the television without the sound and play any song that I've ever sung, and it all seems to go together - football, a revival meeting, porno...

So what are some of your more difficult-to-fill backstage rider requests these days ?
I have three filthy answers to that question, and if I deliver them, it might actually mitigate the process of filling the requests. I ain't saying nothing - and I'm sticking to it. Nothing's changed backstage.

Has there been any word from the Van Halen brothers regarding the tour ?
No. I'm sure the two key words up at 5150 Studios right now are "uh-oh".

It's sad - you'd think a brush with mortality would bring people together [Eddie Van Halen recently battled mouth cancer].
Yes. And part of me is still in the peanut gallery watching this unfold, and the moves don't make any sense, there's no overall plan. I've been watching this chess game like you have for some time now, and I'm beginning to think they're just pushing the pieces around. They're just sort of reacting, and that's not a chess game, that ain't living large. It causes me to think there's more at work than just hard-to-get-along-with-ism. There are probably some spiritual difficulties. And you'll note that I'm slowing down here, because I only want to make fun of people who can deliver it back. I'm an antagonist, but I'm not a bully.

On a lighter note, heard any good jokes lately ?
What's the difference between bigamy and monogamy ? Well, with bigamy, you have at least one wife too many. And monogamy ? Same thing.

Your girlfriend must have a great sense of humor.
She don't read. [Laughs uproariously]

05.24.02, 11:53 AM
Classic! Thanks!

05.24.02, 11:58 AM
Thanks for posting the interview. I've enjoyed reading all the interviews he does. The man certainly has a way with words. :D

Don Kirschner Fan
05.24.02, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by Raldo:
Thanks for posting the interview. I've enjoyed reading all the interviews he does. The man certainly has a way with words. :D Linguistic supremacy, ladies & gentleman....

One of my faves in this one had to come from the author - 'describes Dave as "the human exclamation point". LMFAO priceless... !

:D :D :D

"...He's the 13th step" scream laughing......

[ May 24, 2002, 12:09 PM: Message edited by: Don Kirschner Fan ]

05.24.02, 12:06 PM
DAMN that is a kcik ass interview!!! And he wasn't too harsh with Ed, I think Dave really has no idea what Ed and Al are thinking....

05.24.02, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by DLR'sCock:
DAMN that is a kcik ass interview!!! And he wasn't too harsh with Ed, I think Dave really has no idea what Ed and Al are thinking....I don't think ANYONE knows what those 2 are thinking!! graemlins/wtf.gif

05.24.02, 01:54 PM
LMAO again! dave is just busting out some one-liners now that are classic. but why is mikey playing with sam and not dave??


05.24.02, 07:20 PM
Great interview. "Human exclamation point" - now that's classic right there. Way to nail Dave's personality in three words. graemlins/thumb.gif

Don Kirschner Fan
05.24.02, 07:32 PM
'Site still not updated... graemlins/irked.gif

Their's a few pics in the article; a solo of Sam (album cover shot, I think), Dave as a fighting mermaid, and a classic one of, the band - shot at the Monsters of Rock in Nuremburg Germany, circa 1984 :D .