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Van Halen: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Paul Elliott, Vox, August 1991

IN DAVID LEE ROTH, Van Halen had — and lost — more than a singer. The all-Amerlcan rock hero and then some, Roth was the cheerleader who made Van Halen the party metal band of the '80s. His replacement, Sammy Hagar, is a great singer — as the first Montrose album best testifies — but he's also a pretty humourless, Commie-hatin', redneck kinda guy. A lot of the fun and style went out of Van Halen with Diamond Dave.

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