Ted Nugent Says David Lee Roth’s Never Been Given Credit For His Real Musical Capabilities

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Ted Nugent recently joined Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz for an interview in which he claimed that David Lee Roth has never been given credit for his musical talent and capabilities.

David Lee Roth is mainly known for his tenure with the renowned rock band Van Halen, but he is also a solo musician. He embarked on a solo career following his departure from Van Halen in 1985, and although he reunited with the band several times afterward, he continued his solo efforts. With his wild and energetic stage persona and his singing talents, Diamond Dave is indeed a one-of-a-kind frontman in the rock music scene.

After a successful music career that spanned almost five decades, DLR announced his retirement in October. In his announcement, the musician stated that his five Las Vegas shows would be his last. During a recent interview with Darren Paltrowitz, Ted Nugent talked about David Lee Roth’s impressive music career.

After Paltrowitz asked Nugent if he had any interactions with DLR, Nugent revealed that he encountered the musician a few times. Moreover, he stated that he admires Roth’s entertaining performances. Continuing his words, Ted Nugent praised Roth’s personality and said one can hear the blues, gospel, and R&B masters’ influences in the musician.

Following that, Nugent claimed Roth has never been given credit for these musical capabilities. Ted then stated he is glad to mention these talents because they should have been attributed to him.

Asked if he has ever encountered David Lee Roth, Ted Nugent said:

“I did — a few times. And I admire and praise his entertainment gifts; he’s a monster. Tell me that all that David Lee Roth music with Van Halen isn’t a smile eruption in our life. I mean, what a fun, cocky, soulful guy. He really does evoke, emulate and deliver touches of James Brown and Wilson Pickett and some Motown melodious grunt, and certainly the blues and the gospel and the rhythm and blues masters — you can hear that in David Lee Roth.

I don’t think he’s ever been given credit for those talents and those musical capabilities that I just mentioned. So I’m glad I just mentioned them because they should be attributed to him, ’cause he did deliver them with aplomb.'”

You can watch the full interview below.