“I don’t open for bands that I influenced,” the CRÜE bassist says Roth told him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
During a 2019 interview with KKLZ‘s “The Mike & Carla Morning Show,” Roth reflected on the influence of VAN HALEN on bands that followed, saying: “Hair bands were the imitations of VAN HALEN. Yeah, it is true, and spandex was what they came up with as something visual. I started off in leather, with the same haircut that Bono and [Bruce] Springsteen and the guys in METALLICA had.
“A famous haircut — if I had that same haircut today, it’d have its own Instagram. But VAN HALEN was a ’70s band — we started off in 1972, and our first two albums were in the ’70s. We sold our first 10 million records before the ’70s were over. We spawned a whole lot of imitators who resorted to gimmickry and trade crap. It’s easier to imitate a haircut and a kind of pants and to exhibit bad behavior.”