Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was the recent guest of the Zach Martin’s Big Fat American Rock Show and Vivian revealed his real thoughts on Van Halen and David Lee Roth.
Despite Vivian said that David Lee Roth wasn’t a tremendous vocalist, he admitted that Roth had an astonishing style and a unique character.
Here is his statement:
“Dave Lee Roth, no doubt. That was part of the original character of the band. There was a humor in early Van Halen that came across in the music, and that was essentially Dave Lee Roth’s input on that.
He wasn’t a tremendous vocalist, but he had a tremendous style and a unique character and personality, and that was as important to the early band as Eddie’s guitar playing and Alex’s drumming and Michael Anthony’s bass playing.
They were a great band — the original band. That’s not to detract in any way from Sammy Hagar, who’s a remarkable singer. And what they did with Sammy was different. I mean, it was good, but it was different. It was a little more mainstream, to my ears. It was also not just Sammy’s influence that changed the sound of Van Halen.”
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