Ok, all you Blogcritics and Blogcritic readers who are fans of Van Halen. Help me settle a dispute.
I find myself spending large portions of my days defending DLR era Van Halen and DLR himself. I don't know how I became the Defender of Diamond Dave, but I have and I'm dragging you all into this with me.
Now, it's not that I hate Sammy Hager. I don't even hate SH era Van Halen (aka Van Hagar). I just like the Dave era better. I think Dave was the heart and soul of Van Halen and what made them so much fun to watch and listen to. Ok, so Eddie's guitar playing sort of tied the whole act together, but I really don't think VH would have had the impact they did if not for the flamboyance, theatrics, showmanship and clown-like presence of David Lee Roth.
As for those who think the Hagar era was better than the DLR era, let's compare and contrast.
I don't know about you, but if I had to choose between rocking out to Dave singing Atomic Punk and Hagar crooning When It's Love, I'm going with Dave every time.
Again, I don't hate Sammy. I don't blame him for anything. But he ain't Van Halen. He's Van Hagar. And yes, there is a difference.
State your preferences. Help me out here.