Jerry Cantrell Says Sammy Hagar And David Lee Roth Have The Same Energy
Alice In Chains frontman Jerry Cantrell gave a recent interview to Lipps Service with Scott Lipps. During the conversation, he argued that Van Halen’s former frontmen Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, both have the same energy level.
Back in 1985, Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen as David Lee Roth’s replacement. With Hagar fronting the band, Van Halen released four successful albums as well as several chart-toppers. After eleven years together, Hagar decided to leave the band following internal disputes. However, he returned to Van Halen between the years 2003 and 2005.
There has been some tension between him and DLR ever since the Red Rocker joined Van Halen, and it has turned into a long-lasting feud. Both musicians have targeted each other on social media quite often with statements concerning their talents as musicians.
Sammy Hagar once told Washington Post’s Geoff Edgers that Roth is quite self-obsessed on the stage, and he has lost the ability to sing well. Besides, he also stressed that they are totally different kinds of people. However, it seems that Jerry Cantrell thinks otherwise.
During the interview on Lipps Service with Scott Lipps, Jerry Cantell shared his opinions on the two former Van Halen frontmen. He stated that DLR is one of the most important frontmen in the rock music scene and noted that his retirement decision saddened him.
Following that, Cantrell argued that although Hagar and Roth are two different kinds of people, they have similarities. According to Cantrell, their energy level is similar and also quite impressive.
Jerry Cantrell told Lipps Service with Scott Lipps:
“I think that’s just Dave man, and that is why he is the guy that he is. I just talked about him just as an example of what a fronting of rock band means. You know, David Lee Roth is one of the premiere frontmen, and it’s just because of who he is. I was bummed to hear that he’s about to be done here. I think he’s gonna do five shows in Vegas here at the end of the year, and he’s gonna call it a day.
They are two different dudes, but in a way, there are some similarities, the energy level that those guys still output is pretty impressive. I can’t even keep up with Sammy, and the dude is 20 years older than me. I get tired just watching them, like ‘Where do you get this energy from, dude?’ I would think that Dave would probably be the same.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.