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    by Published on 06-11-2014 09:48 PM
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    Lisa Roth on Van Halen, hawking heavy metal CDs for kids and red M&Ms

    The UpTake: Lisa Roth, David Lee Roth's little sister, grew up with the lead singer of Van Halen. But she took her music career in a very different direction — making hard rock and hair bands suitable for children.

    I spent a good 40 minutes on the phone with Lisa Roth recently — and waited a polite 30 before asking the question everyone wants to ask her: What’s it like to be David Lee Roth’s sister?

    She expected it, of course. And she was gracious.
    by Published on 05-14-2014 09:30 PM


    How Van Halen Redefined Hard Rock Before it Even Existed

    By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

    May 14, 2014 1:12 PM

    Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, makes a guest appearance during Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas, on Friday night, July 14, 1984. Van Halen, who is in town for his own concert Saturday night, joins in during Jackson’s hit “Beat It.” (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    In the early-to-mid-1970s, hard rock and heavy metal were still in their gestation periods as sub-genres. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin helped plant the seeds with massive guitar riffs, punishing grooves, and dark subject matter, while the punk movement brought a bold attitude adjustment.

    But even those bands weren’t about fun so much as perilous adventure. Sabbath weaved murky tales of wizards, fairies, and war. Zeppelin peppered lyrics with Lord of the Rings references and indulged in Robert Plant’s fascination with mythology. And the Sex Pistols defied a monarchy and cried for social revolution.

    Then, along came Van Halen. Touting the most influential guitar player of his time in Eddie Van Halen, and a frontman that was equally dynamic on the stage and the microphone in David Lee Roth, they eschewed the hard rock aesthetics conceived by Sabbath and Zeppelin. Not that hard rock was in need of a change – or arguably even existed to that point in time – but Van Halen changed it nonetheless. And they did it with an unprecedented combination of musicianship and showmanship.

    The band’s first headlining tour, which rolled through Boston’s Orpheum Theater on May 14, 1979, was their American introduction and an astonishing kick in the ass to rock and roll that the genre didn’t know it needed.

    Van Halen’s arrival on the rock music scene was “the first real advent of the new face of hard rock,” said Mike Mullaney, music director at our sister station Mix 104.1 and longtime Van Halen devotee. If Sabbath and Zeppelin’s ear-splitting riffs and fantastical images were rough charcoal sketches of hard rock, Van Halen’s electrifying musical energy and fun-loving attitude were vibrant color portraits.

    Mullaney added that Eddie Van Halen’s transcendent guitar work played one of the biggest roles in hard rock’s shift from brooding to lively. Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi wrote (and continue to write) riffs like no other guitarists in history, but Eddie’s blistering chops and sprightly phrasing injected rock guitars with an unexpected shot of adrenaline.
    “Here’s the most important guitar player since Hendrix…Everyone was buzzing about the way he changed how the guitar sounded,” he said about Eddie’s innovative finger-tapping techniques and next-level shredding – in both solos and straight riffs. He displayed an extraordinary combo of dynamic skill and bombast in songs like “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, “Unchained”, and of course, “Eruption”.

    As obviously great as Eddie was, he was still only part of Van Halen’s appeal. Frontman David Lee Roth also took rock vocals to new heights with his wailing five-octave vocal range and dizzying on-stage gymnastics.

    David Lee Roth, lead singer of the rock group Van Halen, sings during a concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 19, 1982. (AP Photo)

    “He is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on.”
    - Mix 104.1 Music Director Mike Mullaney on David Lee Roth’s stage presence with Van Halen.
    Roth and the rest of the band’s relentless exuberance was a direct response to the “corporate rock” of the ’70s that dominated the radio and still gets regular time here on ZLX and on every other classic rock station, like Kansas, Boston, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. While these bands were very talented and had plenty of great songs, they just didn’t have the live energy to match. Even Robert Plant, while an amazing singer, still just kind of stood there and “looked pretty” when he performed.

    Mullaney saw Van Halen for the first time in 1980 on the “Women and Children First” tour, and staggered out of the arena in awe at the band’s live performance. Roth opened the show by leaping spread-eagle off the drum riser, and the energy never let up. Roth held everyone’s attention like a master of ceremonies, nailing all the high notes and kicking and strutting his way across the stage.

    “[Roth] is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on,” said Mullaney. “Every guy wanted to be David Lee Roth and every woman wanted to be with David Lee Roth.”

    Roth and the band’s wild on-stage antics also translated off the stage. Mullaney described their aesthetic as “smiling metal”, focusing more on soaking in the California sunshine, tapping a keg of beer, and getting laid. The “hair metal” craze of the 1980s was a direct result of Van Halen’s striking persona, spawning the likes of Motley Crue and Poison.
    While they also put out a litany of hugely popular hard rock songs and performed with similar fervent intensity on stage, they still came off as imitators of what Van Halen and Roth brought to the scene, starting on their first tours in the late-’70s.

    “These guys [Van Halen] came out and they were fierce and bold,” said Mullaney. “It was incendiary.”
    by Published on 04-30-2014 08:30 AM
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    Van Halen Sophomore Effort Dances Onto Radio 35 Years Ago

    Eddie And Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony Recall Early Years InTheStudio

    Dallas, TX - April 29, 2014. North American syndicated ...
    by Published on 04-24-2014 08:55 AM


    On “Baptized,” the newest album by modern rock outfit Daughtry, there's a rollicking and raucous song called “Long Live Rock & Roll.”

    In it, the group's leader, 34-year-old Chris Daughtry, sings about many of the debates that rock fans of his generation still have about who's better: Elton John or Billy Joel; Motley Crue or Guns 'N Roses; The Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

    But it's a sarcastic jab that Daughtry makes at the expense of one of the biggest bands of the 1980s that is perhaps most memorable.

    “I think my favorite line in the entire song is the Van Halen/Van Hagar comparison,” Daughtry said with a laugh.

    “Of course, if you're going to be talking about Van Halen, you've got to be on the David Lee Roth end. Not to discredit Sammy (Hagar) as a singer — he's a fantastic singer — but it's just that when I think of Van Halen, I think of those classic Van Halen tunes with David Lee Roth.”

    I don't understand these lyrics, is he saying he's being forced to perform in this genre at gunpoint?

    Anyway have to appreciate yet another song referencing Roth v Hagar...
    by Published on 03-12-2014 06:07 PM


    Anthrax's Charlie Benante Sits Down with Korn's Ray Luzier

    The drummers discuss what it's like to be in a metal band when you're a father, analyze Anthrax's legacy in history of metal music and more in Episode 2 of 'Metalhead to Head'

    Korn and Anthrax are two bands that have long cemented their places in the legacy of metal music. The bands have been around for over 50 years combined–and on this episode of Metalhead to Head, the drummers from each act envelop themselves in a free-flowing conversation. Watch part one of this week's episode above and part two below!

    Luzier shows off his stick-twirling skills, Benante demonstrates some awesome fills on a drum pad and they discuss how drummers can enhance a show from the back of the stage. Luzier even reveals that the years he spent touring and recording with David Lee Roth heavily influenced his stage presence with Korn and the duo trade stories about how they can write and record when "everything revolves around [their children]."

    Thanks to Alison at FUSE for the link!

    More at http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/03/me...gn=scl|otr|tlc
    by Published on 12-14-2013 09:53 AM

    The Rhino collection that was put out recently had the old Dave TV special as part of the DVD, but that wasn't the version Dave had originally wanted to be part of that project.

    Dave also provided them with a version that had a commentary running underneath however someone from Rhino said "No" to that because of explicit language.

    We're not too concerned about such things here at RothArmy...

    by Published on 11-27-2013 12:09 AM
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    From http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/th...8334&tn=0&mr=0
    The Making of the Skyscraper Video

    Werner Braun Jun 17, 2005

    David Lee Roth hired Ron Kauk and me to help Galen Rowell do this album cover. His production people got him a horse to ride to half dome along with all of the other equipment for this shoot. David decided he wanted to walk and not ride his horse so I asked if I could ride it.
    by Published on 11-24-2013 10:04 PM

    I had only seen the first half of this before.

    Looking back a couple of things come to mind, that's a lot of mouths to feed and if it hadn't bombed we would never had got the DLR Band...

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