The Only Thing David Lee Roth Admitted Stealing

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As a solo performer and a band member, David Lee Roth has made himself a name as one of the wildest and most energetic musicians, especially during his time with Van Halen. Apart from his undeniably vibrant shows, Diamond Dave is also noted for his charismatic presence, eye-catching stage outfits, and understanding of fashion.

DLR preferred appearing on stage throughout his career as a musician, wearing outfits that would put him in the spotlight. The rocker chose vibrant colors and combined his clothing with other pieces like gloves, badges, or scarves. Though many would consider his style unique to him, there was something Roth admitted stealing when it comes to his outfits.

What Did David Lee Roth Steal?

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In a 1986 interview, a reporter told David Lee Roth that she read an article that said Roth believes he is responsible for the heavy metal outfits young boys wear at that time. As a response, DLR revealed that he was one of the contributors to the heavy metal fashion, but he stole a particular look from somewhere.

According to David Lee Roth, he stole the idea of tearing up the clothes, tying them back together, and wearing them. The musician said heavy metal gradually evolved from that point, and other elements were also included in its fashion. So, Roth doesn’t know if he is responsible, but he is sure he was one of the precursors.

During the conversation, the reporter asked David Lee Roth the following:

“I was reading an article the other day that said that you like to think of yourself as responsible for that whole heavy metal outfits that all those boys now wear.”

As a response, David Lee Roth said:

“No, I said I was probably one in the big line of ‘everybody’s tearing up their clothes and tying them back together.’ I stole it from somewhere else entirely. Then, heavy metal started to regenerate on its own. So, I don’t know if I was actually responsible. What I like to think is that I was in there, in the line of it somewhere.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.