It amazes me that I haven't yet written about the exploits of Diamond Dave
. A real
icon of 1980s rock music. He was in his element 25 years ago. Roth was ultra-excessive, super suave and he didn't even know how to play guitar. He had six pack abs, and yet he drank excessively. He knew how to give an epic interview
. Women loved him. He became too big for an already-big band (they started to use keyboards*).
Crazy from the Heat
showed MTV he could go solo, with the legendary videos of "California Girls
" and "Just a Gigalo/I Ain't Got Nobody
" (both by Pete Angelus, a Van Halen artistic guru). Other great videos followed (I'd bet you've never heard or seen "Goin' Crazy!
came out in early 1988, and I seriously have the "Just Like Paradise
" music video burned into my childhood.
David Lee had his pick of the litter for a backing band, and I bet dudes were clamoring to get in on the action. In 1988, "Team Stud" was Steve Vai, Gregg Bissonette and
(actually Matt Bissonette in the video). I think Brett Tuggle was on keyboards*, too. All-star, all-glam. Steve Vai
is best known as a masturbatory shredder, and for outlandish guitar designs. Gregg, for his surfer mullet.