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Written by Katie Marzullo
Back in the early-80s, it didn’t get any cooler (or more fun) than Van Halen. Here was one of your so-called classic “hair metal” bands that not only put out some seriously awesome guitar-slaying jams but did it with a sort of tongue-in-cheek self-awareness that made them truly memorable, thanks to the goofball antics of frontman David Lee Roth. While guitarist Eddie Van Halen was busy creating some of the greatest riffs in rockdom, Roth was the showman, keeping the masses entertained and singing along.
You might hear some old fogies today still muttering about “the Sammy Hagar years.” When Roth left Van Halen in 1985, he was replaced by Hagar who, while undoubtedly a talented guy, didn’t have that same sense of playfulness that put Van Halen on the map. Suddenly, Van Halen was a “serious” rock band. Meh. We already have plenty of those. There’s only one David Lee Roth!
Their music videos were no less high-energy and fun, so feast your eyes on these classic Van Halen vids below!
I wonder if Diamond Dave can still pull off those high kicks??
(Photo via WENN)
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor