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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 30, 1987 - Page 9
Roth: He's just
By John Logie
Two-thirds of the way through
the "Yankee Rose" video, David
Lee Roth stalks toward the camera,
and the veiwer is treated to a close-
up of Diamond Dave's cojones. At
first, this display seems gratuitous,
and inappropriate. But upon
reflection, it makes sense. Dave's
balls are important.
It was balls that drove Dave to
Hollywood. It was balls that led to
his parting of ways with Smilin'
Ed, and the gang. It was balls the
drove Diamond Dave to put
together a band that is challenging
the mighty Van Hagar for premier
pop-metal status. And it's balls that
bring Diamond Dave to town only
a few short months after he played
In retrospect, it all seems so
improbable. Way back when we
were in junior high, Van Halen was
playing "Running with the Devil."
They were a relatively
undistinguished metal band with a
mildly unsavory reputation.
Somewhere along the line, Eddie
Van Halen became the heir to
Hendrix's throne, and David Lee
Roth became metal's court jester.
Today, Diamond Dave is a master
of self-parody. Everything is
excess. In many senses, he is a
Liberace for our times.
Like Liberace, Dave has realized
that for a certain audience, too
much is never enough. His self-
designed, self-revealing costumes
are an extension of Liberace's
ghastly rhinestones. His stage
show, explosive and incessant,
recalls Liberace's non-stop glamour
assault. Both men have given the
cold shoulder to art, in favor of
entertainment, and for this both
deserve a measure of respect.
It is fair to say that Liberace and
Diamond Dave, were they suddenly
injected with the artistic fervor of a
Van Gogh, would find themselves
somewhat lacking in the talent
department, and could not satify
themselves with their productions.
Liberace will never be respected as a
great pianist. He is a good pianist,
but a magnificent showman.
Diamond Dave is not a great singer
(though his upper register howls are
impressive!), nor will he be
remembered as an extraordinarily
gifted lyricist, though he's often
very witty. But Diamond Dave is a
magnificent showman, and his
dedication to providing his fans
with a surplus of entertainment is
Dave's new band features an
assortment of metal-masters,
including Steve Vai, a dwiddle
demi-god, who played with John
Lydon's P.I.L. for a stretch; but the
focus is on Dave. The band is not
billed, except as "The David Lee
Roth Group." But that is probably
as it should be. The spotlight
belongs to a man who covers the
singularly un-cool Sinatra. The
spotlight belongs to man who is
willing to re-cut his entire record in
Espanol for those who knew what
I meant back in the first paragraph.
The spotlight belongs to the man
who turns his bare booty to it. The
spotlight belongs to Dave.
Diamond Dave will appear at
Crisler Arena at 8 p.m. Sunday
night. Tickets are $16.50 and are
still available at the Union,
Hudson's, and Ticketworld outlets.
Remember, this isn't just a concert,
it's a cultural phenomenon.
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