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Roth & Hagar Live In Devore, CA

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, July 2, 2002 @ 9:53 AM


Diamond Dave & The Red Rocker

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REVIEW BY: DesVette

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Round 1:

Roth Came
Roth Played
Roth Conquered!!!

Do you recall Roth’s proclamation at the ‘96 MTV Awards where he says “that this band (Van Halen) has not lost a single iota to the passing of time,” referring to what appeared to be a reunion with his former band-mates?

Well, certainly Mr. Diamond David Lee Roth hasn’t.

As the opening co-headliner at the Devore show, Roth brought the attendees to their feet for his entire performance, never once cutting back the energy and excitement that he had been rumored to have lost years ago. People, it just aint true.

Roth hit the notes dead on, minimizing any onstage drunken banter, save for a hilarious comeback to a thrown beer projectile on-stage and some colorful remarks about some “delightful slut” during “Everybody Wants Some.”

Dressed in neon-baby blue latex, sporting a long bleached mane, this was Roth of 1982 -- arrogant, obnoxious, and fully aware that he is and always will be the water-mark for what a rock-star is supposed to look like and sound like.

Hs band was solid, steady and more than competent, specifically Brian Young, whom could be the next big thing if he can get past the Eddie Wanna-Be licks. But for this performance, which was a salute and a Big F-U to the Van Halen regime, his more than dead-on riffs provided what was needed.

Roth, with this performance, put a nail in the “Las Vegas” Dave coffin and assured the audience that metal is what he does, and no one does it better with more class and style than he does.

Round 2:

History Repeats Itself.

Sammy has been through this before, how do you follow the footsteps of the man Who has become a legend?

What you don’t do is try to compete, but merely do-what-you-do the best you can. That’s what Van Hagar was about -- sidestepping the any comparisons and what Sammy did was to do what-he-does -- which was a great Cabo Wabo show was filled with top notch music, though lacking the heart and chaos of his predecessor. Sound familiar?

Mike Anthony joined the Waboritas on stage, which caused mass enthusiasm for the audience, which was quickly dampened with the “When Eagles Fly” production, which killed the energy level of the audience, and I swear, people for the first time of the evening, sat down and started to leave their seats.

The rest of Hagar’s show consisted of bikini waitresses, Cabo worm piñatas, and everything that those who go to Cabo Wabo want to see -- however as a follow-up to DLR… well, it is good, but it can’t compare.

The Decision:

There were no losers as both bands put on great shows.

Roth served up a 90 min set of classic Van Halen that reminded fans how it should be done, but also posed the question, “What have you done for me lately?”

And Sammy provided a solid, less enthusiastic, energy-filled slice of his career, not as stellar as Roth’s but longer, more consistent, and less needing of the man known as Eddie Van Halen.



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