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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Octave control obviously is the main culprit, yes. That, and possible ADD distraction in focusing on the vaudeville schtick, even mid song, rather than the harmony required for the song at hand.
    What is octave control?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Work'in Hard View Post
    What is octave control?
    6th gear on a manual transmission.

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    What happened?

    He never took care of his voice. Singers dont smoke for 50 years non-stop. Not if you actually care about your voice.

    Dave got by on average voice with a larger than life persona. Now he has neither.

    Now get all mad at me for saying so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1988 View Post
    What happened?

    He never took care of his voice. Singers don’t smoke for 50 years non-stop. Not if you actually care about your voice.

    Dave got by on average voice with a larger than life persona. Now he has neither.

    Now get all mad at me for saying so.
    I disagree that Dave has/had an average voice, though by all accounts he had to work hard to develop it. Love him or hate him, you can always tell it’s him.

    I do agree with you that he has not taken care of his voice. Smoking is a terrible habit, and for a singer, it’s just downright stupid. He should have quit years ago - or never started. It’s amazing to me that some people, who are so driven and strong and disciplined in other areas of life, somehow get hooked on those damn things and just can’t quit.

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    Never underestimate the power of any addiction.
    EVH 1979: Well, actually it's not much of a vacation, because we run everything ourselves. We design our own album cover, we have to be in the office every day to sign checks - the whole corporation revolves around us. Nothing can be done without our approval. We even have photo approval.

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    I don't think Dave has ever stopped doing anything he likes to do, ever. He only adds.

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    Cigarettes might be fine when youre a younger singer as Steve Perry and Freddie Mercury Both smoked back in the day.

    But you cant be smoking a pack a day at 65.

    Im not dissing Dave by saying his singing voice is average. It wasnt his voice that made him unique though. He was fantastic in the early days though. Hes incredible on VH2 (his best work imo).

    That was 40 years and 5,000,000 cigarettes ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRFC View Post
    I don't think Dave has ever stopped doing anything he likes to do, ever. He only adds.
    He obviously still crushes cocaine on the regular.

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    Cigarettes and cocaine are poor choices for everyone, not just lead singers.
    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

    "The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth" - Todd Wagner

    "Women and Children First ... The REAL Van Halen III"

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    Dave was still 'auditioning' for the VH bros in '07. It was so long awaited, he had a point to prove.

    After that he had the gig, so he relaxed.

    That brings us to the present day.

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    His voice DID make him unique.

    Even when i was a little kid, the first time hearing "Cradle" on the radio, NO ONE
    was singing like him or doing those tarzan yelps.

    I remember thinking: This guy sounds so cool!

    And his delivery & lyrics could be conversational, which was unique, and he had a very
    cool tone to his voice.

    He's flat out incredible on II & WACF, but i love everything he did on the mighty six.
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    Just live, a lot was to be desired
    Dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rchop84 View Post
    Just live, a lot was to be desired
    He sounded good to me, especially on the first three tours.
    Graver, Walking Ed, refugee from CVH & proud tone chaser...

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    When I think great rock singers Dave is not even in the conversation.

    Frontmen yes. Singer? No

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    His voice DID make him unique.

    Even when i was a little kid, the first time hearing "Cradle" on the radio, NO ONE
    was singing like him or doing those tarzan yelps.

    I remember thinking: This guy sounds so cool!

    And his delivery & lyrics could be conversational, which was unique, and he had a very
    cool tone to his voice.

    He's flat out incredible on II & WACF, but i love everything he did on the mighty six.
    David Lee Roth was a great rock singer with a unique sounding voice. To say otherwise is just ridiculous. His personality was a whole other layer that added to his uniqueness. His influences went beyond rock music too. That is part of the reason you sometimes have to dig hard when you try to determine where he’s coming from.

    He had no “average” voice whatsoever. That’s just more bs from detractors or people who don’t really listen or appreciate rock ‘n’ roll.

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