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    Default The Life and Times of Sam & Dave

    I was looking at some of the photos on davidleeroth.com today and it got me thinking about what an amazing life Dave's had and how markedly different his life has been from Sam despite how much they actually have in common. Which brings me to the point of the thread. If you had to choose, who's life would you rather have lived, Sam or Dave's, and why?

    To help inform the discussion, here's some quick bio bullets:

    David Lee Roth
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    International sex symbol
    Traveler / Mountaineer
    Huge solo success initially followed by quick decline
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    Never Married.
    No Children (that we know of)

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    Built and sold successful tequila business
    Established national restaurant/club chain
    Currently in successful band
    Divorced and since remarried (Happily ever after?)
    Kids?

    For me, I'd go with Dave's life.

    Sam's life looks to be the better one from the perspective of business success and less ups and downs, but I like the fact that DLR has never been shy about living life on the 'big easel' as he calls it. Whether it's climbing a peak in the Himalayas or putting his feet to the fire as a paramedic, Dave seems to really live life. As a result, he's had both spectacular success and spectacular failures in his life. He's also had the courage to do something many men won't, which is stay single to an advanced age. Whether the notches on his bedpost have made up for the lack of a lifelong companion is debatable, but I'm sure it's never been boring.
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    Your post is lacking in a major way: you don't mention where they started FROM.

    Dave: son of a wealthy surgeon, inherited money and a multi-million dollar mansion in the rich part of Pasadena.

    Sam: grew up dirt poor in California's shit hole (Fontana), son of a small time boxer, raised by mom on food stamps.

    If they would make a movie, it would be about Sam, no question.
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    Dave has a daughter, if I'm not mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post

    Sam: grew up dirt poor in California's shit hole (Fontana), son of a small time boxer, raised by mom on food stamps.

    If they would make a movie, it would be about Sam, no question.
    So that's the life you'd choose?
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    I'd go with Dave's life with Sam's hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post

    If they would make a movie, it would be about Sam, no question.
    No...if they made a movie, it would be about Dave. (Unless it was Sammy who made the movie!)

    Yes, Sammy was born into a poor family and he's leading an amazing, fun, and very successful life, but there would be more public interest in a movie about the life of David Lee Roth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie's Littler Monster View Post
    Dave has a daughter, if I'm not mistaken.
    From what I've read, Brenna Lee Roth *claims* to be DLR's daughter, however Dave has denied this. Moreover, she has a brother and a sister both with the last name Roth. I've read that they've been seen out together, but I've also read that the only persn claiming to have seen them ... was Brenna. Sounds unlikely to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus H Christ View Post
    I'd go with Dave's life with Sam's hair.
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    I'd go with DLR's life. He has so many interests and is so well read. The guy has natural ability in most all of his ventures. I highly admire his quest for new knowledge. I also admire Sam in his venture to the top, but my response to the post is Dave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    No...if they made a movie, it would be about Dave. (Unless it was Sammy who made the movie!)

    Yes, Sammy was born into a poor family and he's leading an amazing, fun, and very successful life, but there would be more public interest in a movie about the life of David Lee Roth.
    I think it's relatively safe to say that the movie-going public would not busting down the theatre door to see either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare Painful Side Effect View Post
    I think it's relatively safe to say that the movie-going public would not busting down the theatre door to see either.
    I'm more of an adventurous person so therefore I choose Dave. Sammy has an awesome life also!

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    DLR all the way. The guy is amazing and more daring than Sammy. I often think about how cool it would be to have walked in his sensible shoes. I dont ever see him as failing at anything either - he just tried different things and Im sure that has given him a lot of incredible life experience. Id take life experience over tequila shares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulscape View Post
    I dont ever see him as failing at anything either - he just tried different things and Im sure that has given him a lot of incredible life experience. Id take life experience over tequila shares.
    Warner Brothers turfed him off their label and he would've kept the radio gig if his ratings had been better. I would think both of those outcomes would qualify as 'failing' to some extent.

    Sting's a good parallel for a guy who left a massive band in the same era and managed his solo career much better. Dave stayed with his 80's image and sound for too long and it cost him when grunge swept aside hair metal.
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    Dave has admitted to having long stretches of loneliness and depression. He's also damaged by long term substance abuse. Would give pause to anyone wanting to lead his life. No family to speak of except for his sister. Must suck when you're in your mid fifties. I see many drawbacks to being Dave.
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