Tuesday, July 2, 2002 @ 10:10 AM
Roth & Hagar Duke It Out at th
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REVIEW BY: Nat LaBorde, Dallas, TX
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The weather was perfect for an outside show, which this was. Sammy started the show with his videos playing on the big screen above the stage and the three others at the Smirnoff Music Center (formerly the Coca Cola Starplex). Hagar was wasted, but that didn't bother his playing -- his band was on top of it, also. The local radio station here had a contest where you could be on stage with Sammy for the whole show getting blitzed with him -- about 35-40 people got lucky! I went to get more drinks for the wife and so I didn't see them play ''Why Can't This Be Love,'' but I heard it standing in line at the margarita tent (while this chick was undressing in front of us -- why, I don't know.)
Sammy was full of energy and having fun, which of course rubbed off on the crowd. It had been 18 years since I'd seen Sammy Hagar on October 17th, 1984, at the Rochester War Memorial in New York, with Krokus opening the show. Why so long? I can't explain. That was one of the best shows ever! All in all, I got to hand it to Sammy -- he gave his all for his fans just as he did 18 years ago!! That's what makes Sammy so great.
I was really excited to see David Lee Roth and the anticipation hanging in the air was thicker than cornbread… seems as everyone was holding their breath for when Roth came on. Roth started the show with ''Hot for Teacher,'' wearing this really cool sparkling blue suit. The second or third song in, some asshole threw a beer at David. He stopped the show and said, ''Hey asshole, nobody throws fucking beer at me! By the way, I saw your girlfriend backstage and she said if I saw you to give you this message [puts mike up to mouth and makes gargling sounds!!]
Dave played all the old Van Halen stuff, and I must say his goddamn band was on fire! He owes them all a big slap on the back! His guitar player was AWESOME! As for Dave’s voice, he can't hit the high notes anymore, but who gives a fuck? Not me. It's only rock and roll!
My wife and I really enjoyed both bands. If this was a contest between Sam and Dave, the only way to score it would be like this: Sammy’s singing -- 10, Sammy's band -- 8. Dave’s singing -- 8, Dave's band -- 11!!! Thanks to Sam and Dave for a great show, and thank God there is still rock and roll!!