With the grand return of one of the biggest rock acts of the 20th century, Van Halen, the entire world has felt the tremors that come with it. Even in the pop world, older rock music has been the center of a lot of focus recently. This was shown last year when AC/DC even played the opening show for the Grammys, a spot usually filled by the most relevant pop artist at the time. So, with even the Grammys showing off the appeals of Rock music, it came as no surprise this year when Van Halen opened for the Billboard Music Awards on May 18th. Not only that, they ended being introduced by one of the biggest names in Pop music (to the dismay of some), Taylor Swift…
You can watch the full performance here:
Also interesting to note, singer David Lee Roth also did an interview while at the awards show, talking about whether or not he would play Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen songs, potential new Van Halen material while at the awards show, and more saying:
"My approach to life in general and the state of mind implied is a bit different. I'm obsessed. It's not an option. It's a question of what time you wake up and get started. And we're always working and singing, making the music. I'm always writing and have written with a number of other people. And I would always look forward to doing it again with Van Halen, but that works on a very traditional… Think like The Rolling Stones.”
"Well, there's a credibility issue there. Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn't. And that's why it sold half as well. Literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don't need no helper. [There] ain't no rehearsing pants in my closet.”
A lot of his quotes sound weird out of context, so you can watch the full interview here:
So, no Sammy Hagar songs as it is right now. Otherwise, not much else happened at the Billboard awards that were worth mentioning. In fact, it seems that quite a few people on Twitter took more interest in the fact that Taylor Swift introduced Van Halen this year, instead of focusing on the performance itself. People saying things like ‘Van Halen should be ashamed to be introduced by Taylor Swift’ and generally complaining that a huge-name pop artist introduced a huge-name rock artist. Often misplaced is the frustration of the internet masses, it seems, but there’s not much that can be done… Just enjoy the performance, and don’t mind what anyone else thinks.