Metallica Icon Makes Bizarre Van Halen Wig Claim


Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that he got a ‘chest wig’ like Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth in a new Instagram post.

“Four days and counting ‘til Euro tour kickoff in Portugal… this snap was taken in Faro at the southern tip of Portugal in September ‘91, when we flew there for a coupla days worth of photos with Ross in the middle of the AC/DC tour…

And obviously during the height of way cool rocker hair, mirror shades, David Lee Roth style chest wig and the Jim Morrison special, ‘no shirt under jacket!'”

David Lee Roth discussed his musical upbringing in a recent Vogue interview, My mom was the critical vote in my family, always was—not Dad. All of the tough, the feisty, the scrappy, and the moxie comes from Mom. My day started with standing at attention and waiting for her to spin her finger—she wanted to see the back, and she’s gonna look down—you literally had to pull up your pant legs to show her your socks and your boots, and if they didn’t match your shit, she was liable to throw her grilled cheese sandwich at you.

This crucial element was an undercurrent to Van Halen. There’s a discipline to it and a seriousness that’s squired away a lot at times, but we came from a fiery, competitive background that has nothing to do with Woodstock or a hippie kind of element. And I love hippie, believe me. But we come from big-band cutting contests; Benny Goodman versus Chick Webb, tonight at Roseland: We’re going to play the same five songs—you white boys are going to play your arrangements of ’em, and then we’re going to kick your white ass right in front of your audience.

Early on, having gone to music school and learned everything from theory to orchestration—the Van Halens [brothers Eddie Van Halen, guitarist, and Alex Van Halen, drummer] did that as well—there was always an undercurrent of doing your homework, even if it was freestyle rock ’n’ roll that was a colorful combination of many communities. Think of ‘Jamie’s Cryin’ [he beatboxes the song’s opening descending drum riff]: I sold a Ricky Ricardo rhumba to the heavy metal nation!”