Why David Lee Roth Blamed Kurt Cobain For The Destruction Of His Career


David Lee Roth reached great fame and commercial success as Van Halen’s frontman thanks to the band’s popularity and best-selling albums between the ’70s and ’80s. Van Halen sold millions of records and highly influenced next-generation rock and metal bands. Even though they were very highly popular and successful, Roth decided to leave VH in 1985 to pursue a solo career.

He founded a solo band and released seven albums, but he couldn’t be as successful as he was in the ’80s. While many thought that the reason was that fans preferred to see him with Van Halen, Diamond Dave claimed it was all Kurt Cobain’s fault.

David Lee Roth Thought That Kurt Cobain Caused His Decline


Nirvana was founded in 1987 by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. The band reached great popularity and success in a short time, and they were defined as the band that brought back the golden days of alternative rock as the band members had become the shining stars of the Seattle grunge scene.

Therefore David Lee Roth explained the reason behind his decline by saying that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s rising popularity caused it. He revealed that he lost a significant percentage of his audience and started performing in smaller local places because the fans preferred watching alternative rock bands, especially Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana.

Roth explained the situation saying:

Two words: Kurt Cobain. I went from playing to 12,000 people to 1,200. From arenas to casinos and state fairs and the local House Of Blues. That will cause you to reflect a lot more clearly on your values. Fun wasn’t seen as fun anymore.”

Consequently, alternative rock bands’ mainstream success and worldwide popularity damaged the other rock and metal musicians’ careers who had debuted during the ’70s. That’s why Van Halen legend David Lee Roth blamed late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, for almost destroying his music career in the ’90s.