SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN’s New Live Album Has ‘Some Pretty Rough Vocals’ From DAVID LEE ROTH

April 7, 2015

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar says that the band’s new live album, “Tokyo Dome In Concert”, has “some pretty rough vocals” from David Lee Roth.


Released last week, “Tokyo Dome In Concert” is Van Halen’s first live album with Roth and it reportedly features no vocal overdubs.

Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hagar said, “I’m trying to tread lightly on the whole thing. Every time they do something, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, can these guys do anything worse to their reputation and to the level of the music of the band?'”

“They’ve got some pretty rough vocals,” Hagar said of Roth.

He added: “I try to stay away from criticism, but here I am, already starting this interview with it. It’s impossible. It’s impossible to stay away from. Standing back, I’m just going, ‘What the [expletive] are these guys thinking?'”


Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen explained to The Washington Times in a new interview that recording a live album these days is a world apart from what it entailed back in the 1970s and 1980s. “In the old days, to make a live record, you had to have a mobile truck following you everywhere and all the B.S. that comes along with it,” he said. “Not to mention the money it costs. Nowadays, we’ve got a Pro Tools rig out by the console, and we just let it run every night.”