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    This is taken from the Henry Rollins book, "Do I Come Here Often? (Black Coffee Blues Pt.2) I got this from the DLRArmy. It explains pretty well what makes me like DLR so much and what Van Halen did to the music world. The Sammy H. reference is pretty dead on for me too. This is long so hang on...

    One night, me and my pal Ian McKaye ventured out to see our main man "The Nuge." We saw an amazing thing happen. The opening band was up there playing and they weren’t acting like any other opening band. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that this band was the band that you were there to see. The guitar player had a thing that I had never heard anywhere. It was absolutely savage. And then there was the singer…the guy wasn’t trying to get your attention, he knew he had it, whether he did or not—whether you liked it or not. There was no way you would have been able to convince these guys that they weren’t in total command. They got a mixed reaction between songs. The people who weren’t going apeshit in their favor were doing so in the opposite direction. The point is, EVERYONE was going apeshit. By the end the set, most of us in the crowd were soundly and sonically in favor of this young Southern California band with their first album out, still warm from the pressing plant. Soon after their set was finished, The Motor City Madman took the stage. Something wasn’t right. It was as if someone had come into his house and re-arranged all the furniture. Between songs the crowd started to chant the name of the opening band. At first The Nuge didn’t seem to care. After a few more songs, the crowd was really going for it. Ted got pissed off went up to the mic and screamed, "FUCK VAN HALEN!!!" The rest of the gig was bullshit. Ted had kicked his own ass and he knew it. Van Halen had blown him off his own stage and they had so much fun doing it. You knew you had to go get that record so you could re-live it in your room. After that night, I became a big fan of the band and especially their singer, David Lee Roth. I read every interview I could find. The man never stopped smiling and newer shut his mouth. He was always enjoying himself, or so it seemed. People I knew who didn’t usually voice their opinions always had an opinion about that guy. Either they were into Dave or they wanted to punch that grin right off his face. I could see why a lot of people hated his guts. His band kicked ass, he looked great, you knew that he was rich and getting down with beautiful women. He talked loud, he was funny and very smart. He knew that he was the ringmaster in the greatest show on earth. One thing that I knew infuriated people was that he was in such good physical shape but would never talk about the long hours of training it takes to build and maintain a body like that.
    "I used to run but the ice kept falling out of my glass."—This is basically saying that looking this great and kicking this much ass is no problem.
    "What’s the matter, aren’t you having his much goddamn fun all the time? Cheer up!" This kind of thing can really piss some people off. "Don’t give me shit pal…I’ll fuck your girlfriend!" The man is one of my heroes. A few years after my introduction to Van and the Man, I was singing in a band myself. Dave became a different kind of inspiration because now it was I who got to go out and unleash the beast every night. I now understood where that big shit eating grin came from. It came from totally blowing all opening bands and audiences away. The hairier it gets, the wider you grin. Fuck ‘em.
    I used to get so much shit from people for being into the guy. People telling me that he was a clown, or that he was sexist. I always countered my opinion that he was into being a showman and if he was down with the ladies, more power to him. Hell, I wish it was me. Sexist? Give me a break with that bullshit. People would always ask me how I could identify with this guy. I told them that I identified with the rage in the music and the delivery. Looking around at what was happening then, you want to talk about rage and power, pure fury, the first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is, a hairdresser. While writing this article, the first VH CD is in its third play. That record is, I don’t know how many years old, and it wipes the floor with most records coming out these days.
    For several years, world tours and six awesome albums, Van Halen destroyed the earth and everybody who went to the show had a damn good time. I know I did. Dave dressed the sets and choreographed all the moves. "If all the world’s a stage, I want better lighting." Their sixth record 1984 was their best seller. I played that one at hard volume this morning and yes, it makes ALL of these MTV dudes pale. Poison? I’m supposed to be into that? Get the fuck out of here.
    Speaking of getting the fuck out, Roth quit Van Halen and from the interviews, it wasn’t very clean split. To say that there were some hard feelings would be approaching it. In the meantime, the band hired on a new singer. Sammy Hagar, one of the most incredible turn-offs known to mankind—diabolical.
    Around the same time Dave split from the band, the band I was in broke up. I was either going to destroy or sink. Right on time, Dave’s first solo album Eat ’em and Smile hit the racks. It was a good shot in the arm. Soon I was in the studio doing my first solo record. I played Dave’s record all the time. The first song on it is so great. "Yankee Rose"—so crass and thunderous. "…Guess who’s back in circulation, now I don’t know what you may have heard, but what I need right now is the original good time girl…"


    There is a little more of this chapter at www.dlrarmy.com


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    Dude, thanks for that piece of info.
    I always like to hear how VH were in the old days....true ROCK!!!!

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    Henry Rollins is one intense mo' fo'.

    Very funny, and damn smart, too.

    I love his line about Johnny Rotten.

    "the first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was, and still is, a hair dresser." LOL.

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    Woah !!!! That was cool

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    Wow, thanks for posting that. All I gotta say to that is: Amen.

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    I went to see Black Flag in Denver back in 1985, right before they split, and I will say, Henry Rollins devoured the stage, the music, the fans, and then spit it all back out at us. What a showman in his own right. Scared the shit outta me, but I couldn't take my eyes off him. He was pure energy captured in an intelligent revolutionary singer. For those who don't know of Black Flag, they are the Van Halen of American punk rock.

    If Dave was his influence, I'd say that just goes to show how far reaching Van Halen was with the Diamond One. Everyone from Merle Haggard to Henry Rollins? That's quite a diversity!

    Good post.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blueeyedmurder:
    The first song on it is so great. "Yankee Rose"—so crass and thunderous. "…Guess who’s back in circulation, now I don’t know what you may have heard, but what I need right now is the original good time girl…"
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I definately agree with that! Yankee Rose rules!

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    I wish ALL of us fans were able to write such a beautiful homage to the Mighty Van Halen. Henry done good.

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    blue,

    Preach on brother! Testify!!

    Can I get an AMEN!!

    Hehehe

    p.s. And who is this Sammy Hagar he speaks of?

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    The Ringleader of the Greatest Show on Earth...that is so right on!!!
    I also love it when he refers to VH as Van and the Man!!!
    I have always loved Dave's grin, he made lots of reference to it...thanks for sharing this peice of work...
    Di

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    That was a good read. I have always liked Henry. Very smart guy and a badass.

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    My boss had a similar story where he and his friends had gone to see Black Sabbath and VH opened and blew them away. Of course, Ozzy was in another world then! Like Rollins, he and his friends became instant VH fans, and the thing he remembered the most was how Dave had the crowd in the palm of his hands, which is something I've NEVER seen an opening act do.

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    Interesting read! I just stumbled upon another Rollins interview at Entertainment Weekly. No mention of Halen, but he has some choice words about the current state of the music industry. Here's the link:
    http://www.ew.com/ew/daily/0,2514,34...ryrollins.html



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    Henry Rollings is one COOL motherfucker! I like this guys attitude and drive. It's just to bad Henry Rollins music sucks horse dick. That fucker couldn't write a good song to save his life. That is why I find it strange he would be naming DLR as his idol. Henry Rollins idol should be George Michael or Pee Wee Herman. Ya know, some week-ass queer punk.Peace out bros.

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    Awesome!! Henry knows what he is talkin about!!

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