David Lee Roth takes 100% of the credit for Van Halen’s success.

By jsmith on September 19, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 01: Van Halen, singer Dave Lee Roth and drummer Alex Van Halen perform as part of their 2012 North American tour at Staples Center on June 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The name “Van Halen”, the lyrics, the guitar solos, the logo, even the stripes on the guitar.


If you ask Diamond Dave, that’s all him.  In a recent interview with radio station KSHE 95 in St. Louis, David Lee Roth was asked if he needed permission from Van Halen in order to perform some of VH’s bigger hits for his upcoming Las Vegas residency.

“No. I wrote the songs. I wrote every word you heard, every syllable, every melody,” Roth insisted during an interview with St. Louis radio station KSHE 95. “I structured out even the guitar solos on that first album. Why do you think the solos changed so radically? I sang the solos for ‘Jamie’s Cryin” and ‘Runnin’ With the Devil.’”

“Here, Eddie. Let me tell you how to use this thing.”

Oh, that’s not all.  Roth insists that every aspect of Van Halen’s success was in fact.  His work.

“I designed the backgrounds on the stage. I came up with the album covers. I thought of the stripes on the guitar. I’m the one who said, ‘Call it Van Halen.’”

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I prefer Diamond Dave to  Van Hagar, but let’s be honest here..  Dave is a talented cat for sure, but come on.

David Lee Roth’s residency takes place at the Mandalay Bay in January and March of 2020, tickets are on sale now.

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