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Van Halen is finished per DLR

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The correct answer is the version that didn't have Guy Fieri singing lead.

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Dude was fantastic for about 8 - 10 years. Apparently he’s been a full fucking retard the entire rest of the time.

I know it shouldn’t, but for me it tarnishes the 8-10 years somewhat.

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Hell, I saw Sammy in 1980, and he was no match.  It was like watching your manager from the muffler shop front his weekend band.  Good enough, but not really in the same league as a showman.

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Me and 2 friends were dropped off at The Forum to see VH in 8th grade-‘81 I think.  3 eighth graders alone watching hard core r&r.  It was awesome.

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Surely there exists exosuit tech that can at least allow DLR a return to on-stage karate.

 

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On 1/12/2020 at 11:38 AM, Moby Ric said:

 

I came to this thread to see if anyone had posted that yet.

Just brutal.  

I realize that people age and vocal ranges get smaller, but he seems completely pitch-deaf.  Maybe his hearing is gone.  

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On 1/10/2020 at 6:01 PM, BigDHornfan said:

What. The. Fuck.

 

That was from a little less than 5 years ago and while he doesn't sound good by normal standards there's some massive drop off between that and now. 

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8 hours ago, Junior Miller said:

That was from a little less than 5 years ago and while he doesn't sound good by normal standards there's some massive drop off between that and now. 

I've thought DLR has been terrible ever since the reunion. Original DLR was the shit though. 

They should tour with Axl up front like ACDC did. 

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"How do I look, like fucking Hiawatha?"

Classic DLR.  I have no problem with that whole sequence.  Well, except for Valerie on bass.  And DLR playing pocket pool with his nuts.  And the gum.  But mostly Valerie on bass.

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On 1/12/2020 at 11:38 AM, Moby Ric said:

 

The YouTube comments are gold. 

"Jump back, whats that sound? Just my entire legacy crashing to the ground"

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On 1/12/2020 at 5:51 PM, honolulu horn said:

That's the absolute worst DLR has ever sounded. Good Lord. It's unbelievable.

My God.  If I were at that show, I’d be posted up at the bar and just giggling my ass off at how bad it sounded.  That’s like watching a movie you know you want to walk out on, but you want to stay because of the unintended comedy. 

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9 hours ago, Cheeseweasel said:

The YouTube comments are gold. 

"Jump back, whats that sound? Just my entire legacy crashing to the ground"

"This is the vocal equivalent of the Elaine Benes dance from Seinfeld."

"Society is so cruel these days, just look at everyone watching and not calling an ambulance."

"My cat just ran away and I don't own a damn cat."

Gold.

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Jesus, I watched about 5 seconds of him singing and had to stop.  I should have treated that like the wolf video in the "holy shit" thread and never watched, but my curiosity got the worst of me.  I thought, "how bad could it really be"while never imagining that it was a bad as that. 

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And he managed to insert a thrilling 4 minute discussion about Hollywood dance studios too. Amazing that his bizarre monologue about the most boring, inane, incomprehensible stream-of-consciousness garbage was about 1000x better than his singing. And this is coming from a longtime DLR apologist.

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On 1/13/2020 at 11:59 PM, Paul Wesley said:

I came to this thread to see if anyone had posted that yet.

Just brutal.  

I realize that people age and vocal ranges get smaller, but he seems completely pitch-deaf.  Maybe his hearing is gone.  

Actually, from what I have read recently DLR was, at least to a degree always that way. After listening to him at his audition, Alex apparently didn’t understand why the hell Eddie wanted the guy.

Eddie was reported to have told Alex that they needed a visional, bold front man. Someone who could compliment the songs he was writing. And DLR was the best candidate they had auditioned. And if necessary they could hide him in the mix when they had to.

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2 hours ago, Scooter Monzingo said:

Actually, from what I have read recently DLR was, at least to a degree always that way. After listening to him at his audition, Alex apparently didn’t understand why the hell Eddie wanted the guy.

Eddie was reported to have told Alex that they needed a visional, bold front man. Someone who could compliment the songs he was writing. And DLR was the best candidate they had auditioned. And if necessary they could hide him in the mix when they had to.

That, and Roth had a PA. 

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There's no denying that DLR was hugely instrumental in the success of the band, regardless of DLR's limited vocal abilities. But he never sounded like this.

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22 minutes ago, smuggs said:

 

Thanks for posting, smuggs.

If anyone is under the impression that DLR could never sing, just listen to that first verse and first chorus.  

A few pitchy notes here and there, but that is a really solid rock vocal (and yes, I know that's not Dave singing the high harmonies).

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DLR was always doing the talk/sing thing in concert but he was a decent vocalist back in the day.  saw them at austin360 last time they came through and was pretty close. DLR was certainly covering for his deficiencies but he wasn't anywhere near that bad.   If he isn't sick in that video, he should definitely hang it up.

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