It takes a considerable level of guts to leave the world’s most popular rock group at their height of glory, but David Lee Roth has never lacked confidence.
It takes a considerable level of guts to leave the world’s most popular rock group at their height of glory, but David Lee Roth has never lacked confidence. The rock society was devastated when the Indiana-born singer left Van Halen – or was dismissed from the Pasadena band, guess it depends on which version of rock history you consider – on April 1, 1985, presumably to focus on directing his (failed) Crazy From The Heat motion picture, but the larger-than-life Roth wouldn’t be gone for long…
Whether you like or dislike his singing, it has a distinct tone. His style and tone of voice are readily recognizable. He got the job done in Van Halen, as far as you don’t listen to any live material after 2012, hehe. His falsetto screams are one-of-a-kind and unusual because they contain numerous notes at once, rather than just subharmonics along each octave. Also when his singing wasn’t in great health, he could fairly frequently duplicate them live (albeit shorter/less powerfully).
A YouTube video highlights Roth’s 5 Hardest Vocal Parts. Keep going for the video below: