David Lee Roth Blames Grunge For the Downslide of His Career
Van Halen frontman says Kurt Cobain was the reason for his audience diminishing in the '90s.
Posted on Apr 18, 2013 02:48 pm
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth probably went through the most successful stage of his career in the '80s, releasing platinum records and filling arenas around the world. But then, after parting ways with the band, the grunge came, and according to the singer, it struck him hard.
In a recent Buzzfeed interview, Roth discussed the decline of his career during the '90s, heavily blaming the grunge movement for turning fans the other way.
"Two words: Kurt Cobain. I went from playing to 12,000 people to 1,200. From arenas to casinos and state fairs and the local House Of Blues," the singer said. "That will cause you to reflect a lot more clearly on your values. Fun wasn't seen as fun anymore."
The frontman also reached several other interesting topics such as his views on marriage or the way his career would have turned out if he'd stayed in Van Halen.
"I wonder who I might have been had I stayed in the band," he said. "Not as interesting, not as involved. I probably would have followed the more traditional, long, slow climb to the middle. Enjoying my accomplishments, living off my residuals. I wouldn't have half the stories to tell."I've lived alone my whole adult life. I've had girlfriends, I've had love affairs. Never longer than a year and a half. I'm the drunk who won the lottery, I'm going to be very difficult to convince of a lot of traditional things. I put off getting married when I found out, oh, you don't really have to."
Van Halen are currently preparing for the Stone Music Festival performance on April 20 in Sydney, Australia. The band is also set to take on Japan with a string of five concert dates during June and July.