David Lee Roth is the first person to point out that he's got a lot to teach up-and-coming artists about showbiz.
But in at least one case, the Van Halen frontman didn't have to impart that message himself. His former drummer Ray Luzier of Korn did that on Roth's behalf in a new conversation on Rock Talk with Mitch LaFon.
Luzier was in Roth's band for eight years from the late-'90s through mid-'00s. He says Roth was never worried about getting upstaged and encouraged Luzier to try and engage the audience, even from up on the drum riser.
"He's like, 'Don't just sit back there and play drums. People are paying money to see you, too,'" Luzier recalled Roth encouraging him. "'Don't have that waiting-for-the-bus look on your face.'"
It's a conversation that has stuck with Luzier ever since. While there are lots of great new bands, he notes that no modern frontmen or frontwomen have the "cartoon"-like quality of Diamond Dave.
"Of all the bands coming out today, there's not that 'thing," Luzier added. "There's just a thing that [Roth] had that I don't know if it'll ever be like that."
Roth, of course, is in the process of bringing his thing back and shaking it until it falls off. He noted last year that his talent for singing and dancing is a "perishable" skill, which he's intent on exploring until it has dried up.
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