Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen are no longer touring, so David Lee Roth is carrying on the Van Halen legacy now with a Las Vegas residency, but it has had its share of critics, including Sammy Hagar who called it a ‘comedy act.’ Roth even wore an Elvis wig for part of a recent show, as seen in a Twitter photo.
Darrin Stephens posted on VHLinks.com, “Dave’s voice has aged but his issues since 2010 are due to control of diaphragm not his voice. How it sounds is irrelevant if you can not control it. He is 12 years older and whatever stuff any of US have due to being in a human body gets worse with time. In 07 he was largely shirtless and not in 8 layers under 110 degree lights like now. Bodies age, his instrument is his body. So no dance floor because you can isolate and control your diaphragm better when still, its why drumming and singing are difficult. Notice back half of 15 tour Unchained sounded better, he began singing it while still seated.
Listen, he is a football player and will never air his shit but this man puts in an incredible amount of work just to get his body up onstage to do what he loves. Want a record sound from 40 years ago do not buy a ticket to his show or Kiss, or Whitesnake, or Motley Crue, etc…… Want to have a good time and see a guy sing better than he has past couple tours but still far off peak who will still have some moments that give a glimpse oh there it is still come on down have a good time. I’ll pour you a drink while I smoke. Enjoy what you got or don’t whatever works but he has no responsibility for your expectations.”
TravelingMan responded, “I can agree with much of what you said except the last part. People are paying good money to see DLR perform. They could have spent that money on any number of other things to keep themselves entertained. So if DLR is going to ask people to plop money down to watch him sing and dance, then the paying public do have a right to expect him to put on a good show, which would include making a reasonable effort to sing well. I believe DLR defenders keep mentioning how DLR says to judge them harshly. Well then you can’t be upset when folks take him up on his offer.” David Lee Roth was ‘heckled’ by a Sammy Hagar fan at a recent show.
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