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    DLR's Book

    I bought David Lee Roth's book "Crazy From The Heat" the other day (found it at a dollar store). I only read a little bit so far and then I started skipping around. I wanted to find his side of the story on why he left VH (or was kicked out). I did find one part but he really never gave a clear explanantion. Anybody else read this book and find anything interesting in it?
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    I enjoyed the part where he revealed that Eddie and he were doing drugs in the bathroom right before Ed's wedding. Dave apparently had to hold Eddie up while he vomited. That's a nice revelation for Val, huh?

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    IIRC, David said it was due to the band's inactivity, and that he did not like the direction the songs were going towards that ultimately became 5150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHfan79
    I bought David Lee Roth's book "Crazy From The Heat" the other day (found it at a dollar store). I only read a little bit so far and then I started skipping around. I wanted to find his side of the story on why he left VH (or was kicked out). I did find one part but he really never gave a clear explanantion. Anybody else read this book and find anything interesting in it?
    I've read it several times. A great book, great look into VH from the inside and DLR. Read it from the beginning to the end, you'll like it

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    I loved the book. Dave's stories and the way he tells them are priceless.
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    Great book. Yep, band doing nothing, Ed and Alex especially too drunk to wake up and jam. Dave, wrongly thought he could do without them.
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    Dave doesn't present it as thinking he could do it without them. He presents it as wanting to do something while they get themselves together.

    It doesn't appear to be markedly different than what's going on now.

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    Great read. Love the stories from the road
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    The book is awsome. I really enjoyed it. Love reading about all his stories and travels.
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    It was a good book, but I was very dissapointed in the lack of material related to the music itself. There was a blurb about recording VH and that was almost it. No insights as to recording the other albums, nothing about Dave's fav. album/song or ones he didn't like, nothing about Jump, other than mention of him directing the video, about having a #1 song or Ed using keyboards. Very dissapointing in that aspect but entertaining none the less.

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    Best to be read by just opening up at any page and start reading. Its not in any kind of order, just open and read... and when reading, think of him as talking directly to you.
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    Dave says in his book that the final straw that caused the split was the brothers refusal to play live throughout the coming summer. He also explains that his decision to release the Crazy From The Heat EP came when his bodyguard Ed Anderson said he should remake 'California Girls' and that Dave's waiting around on Eddie for the next album was a time waster for him, so he decided to do it then ultimately videos for it since he had more time on his hands. He admits he had a movie script lying about but nothing concrete to do it. Dave was first and foremost still focused on Van Halen.

    From the sounds of it, I think Dave thought his split from Van Halen would've been just a temporary thing and that regrouping somewhere down the road was still feasable. Then when he found out about his name being tarnished across the media from the Van Halen camp and the hiring of Sammy spoilt every notion of that happening.

    The book is an awesome read!
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    DD was rushed and half covers, 1984 was rushed (pressure from WB) so Ed wanted a little time off and really record a great album instead of just rushing another one out there. VH was "it" in 1984 and Dave wanted to continue that high so he wanted the follow up a lot quicker than Ed wanted.

    The break up wasn't really as bad as it seemed, but once the name calling/mud-slinging started, there was no turning back and you, as a fan, were almost forced to take sides.

    CFTH, the book, doesn't really go in detail about the behind the scenes stuff about VH. Its more of an insight into the life that is Dave. For a buck, you definately won't be disappinted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menlow
    It was a good book, but I was very dissapointed in the lack of material related to the music itself. There was a blurb about recording VH and that was almost it. No insights as to recording the other albums, nothing about Dave's fav. album/song or ones he didn't like, nothing about Jump, other than mention of him directing the video, about having a #1 song or Ed using keyboards. Very dissapointing in that aspect but entertaining none the less.
    That's because it's never been about the music for Dave.

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    I don't care what Dave says in his book. When he quit, he quit to be a "Movie Star". All that other stuff may have helped him out the door, but make no bones about it, when he quit, he quit for good.
    Crazy From the Heat gave him the courage to do it. He floated it out there and it was VERY successful.
    That's why when he left, he left "with nothing but the shirt on my back".
    He left everything of Van Halen behind. That's why he has no rights to any of it.

    He can try to soften it up all he wants, the real reason he left was he felt he was bigger than the band and he didn't need them.
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