Fresh from his stint as Pepsodent spokesmodel, David Lee Roth rejoins Van Halen.
I’ve never been a huge Van Halen fan, but the David Lee Roth-era stuff can be entertaining, when the mood strikes. And as a guitarist who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, I have a certain amount of respect for Eddie Van Halen‘s technique; he may be responsible for inspiring a horde of hairsprayed hacks, but he definitely advanced the science of lead guitar.
It’s just that I prefer my hard rock, well, harder. VH are essentially a bubblegum pop band with six-string pyrotechnics and gleaming, toothy smiles. The backing vocals are pure sun ‘n’ fun, and DLR is the Steve Martin of rock frontmen. Apart from Eddie’s fretwork, you’re not supposed to take them seriously. And I don’t.
I really couldn’t give a shit about their reunion tour, but I just watched some rehearsal clips, and, I must say, they sound a helluva lot better than I expected. Guess Eddie’s time in dry dock did the trick.
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