Reunited, and it feels so good
David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar.Both are former frontmen for Van Halen in the rock band’s long history. But, who’s better?That question, when answered, can tell a lot about a person.If David Lee Roth the original glamster is a person’s pick, it’s highly likely he or she was born in the late ’60s or early-to-mid ’70s and began coming of age during such ’80s hits as “Jamie’s Crying,” “Jump” or “Panama.”Back then, rock stars’ pants were usually of the leather or spandex variety and hair was big.
The bigger, the sexier, too.David Lee Roth made sure of that.His replacement, Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, was a bit more of the rugged type, but with a touch of sensitivity, as in “Love Walks In.”Most people I’ve heard answer “Sammy” are usually younger than I am, and prefer a little ballad in their rock ‘n’ roll recipe.Sure, David Lee Roth usually needs to be the center of attention from what I’ve seen of him on TV with the band. But when comparing, I’m more of his kind of girl.He’s the ice cream man, and all his flavors satisfy, right? Plus he’s a Hoosier and we like to stick together.
Just this week, Van Halen announced that the band is back together and will be touring with DLR as their lead singer again.Blast from the past, as the cliché goes. I read that he promised, at a press conference in Los Angeles, the band wasn’t pulling off a dusty reunion tour like The Police. They have new songs and plan to keep on rocking well into the future.On stage, not in chairs.
It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: The Missing Link, rock ‘n’ roll, 9 p.m. today, Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. No cover. Information: 928-8813This is why I’d kick it up here: The last time I caught this good-time rock ‘n’ roll band at Rivers, I nearly danced my pants off … Maybe I should go on that TV show with the similar name. Or not. I won’t be in town this weekend to see what the band has to offer. But if I were, I would definitely float on down to Rivers tonight for a little reunion tour of our own.
It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Devereux Polo Cup meet-the-players reception, 6:308:30 p.m., Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs. Information: (970) 566-0808 This is why I’d kick it up here: I can’t talk about polo without thinking of two things. First, there’s the boyfriend from my sophomore year in high school named Scotty who drenched himself in Polo cologne. Those “beam me up …” jokes never got old, by the way. And a certain explorer named Marco, plus a swimming pool with my eyes closed, comes to mind. That’s why a weekend spent hanging out with polo players would be helpful. Better yet, it’s all free! Free! Free! “History of the World, Part One” fans will get that last one-liner.
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