David Lee Roth and Van Halen brothers came from background where they had to win or they didn’t eat
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth was recently interviewed by Forbes and spoke about performing.
Roth advised: “Over a period of time it transcends what you look like, unless you were David, unless you were Ziggy Stardust cause you had that specific haircut. But what we bring is classic. I don’t go perform, I don’t present. The Van Halen‘s and I come from a background where you had to win or you didn’t eat. You had to win your seat in the orchestra starting in sixth grade or you weren’t in the orchestra. And when I was in the marching band you had to win first, second or third chair saxophone or you didn’t march,. You didn’t get a uniform. And then we had to win every audition, then we had to win over the audience, then we had to win over the record company, then I had to sue the record company and win that.
It comes from a different mindset of preparedness cause when I step on stage I don’t think about that at all. It’s all in the prep, thousands of hours so that you can go no mind and interact with the people. But all of my preparation comes from a determination that’s based on revenge and fear. My anxieties in terms of revenge and fear are very specific and tangible. I’m not complaining about the man, I’m not upset about injustice. I’m pissed at the wristwatch, it’s a little too fast, like ten years too fast. Can you dig? I’m pissed at the calendar. It should slow down a little bit, especially the good days. I’m pissed on those days off when I feel my age, 60 going on 90. Does that make sense?”
You can read the rest of the interview with David Lee Roth at Forbes‘ website.