Ed. Van Halen came to the Scottrade Center on April 29, 2012 with Kool and the Gang in tow. The band, in its fifth decade, is back to its David Lee Roth roots. But his onetime replacement, Sammy Hagar, is not without his supporters. To settle the debate, Michael Dauphin spent some time with the true experts -- the Van Halen fans in attendance last night, many of whom came dressed for the occasion.
Names: Shane and Doug From: St. Louis Hagar or Roth? "Do you like my pants?" -Shane
Name: Brad "Tha Body Snatcher" Collins From: Decatur, IL Hagar or Roth? "My dad took me to see them with Hagar years back. I haven't seen them with Roth yet, so I'm not sure."
Name: Chris From: Undisclosed Hagar or Roth? David Lee Roth
Name: Sweet Meat From: St. Louis Hagar or Roth? Hagar
Names: Todd and Dan Johanning From: South St. Louis Hagar or Roth? "The tunes were better with DLR, but we gotta love Sammy."
Names: Kathy, Sheila, Beth From: St. Louis Hagar or Roth? N/A
Name: Sharon From: Anna, IL Hagar or Roth? "David Lee Roth! Can't you tell by my jacket?"
Names: Paul and Jim From: St. Louis Hagar or Roth? "We love Van Hagar, but nothing tops Van Halen."
Names: Thomas and Lucas From: Springfield, MO Hagar or Roth? "Definitely Roth. We are not Hagar fans. Only one of them has taken out a $5 million insurance policy on his dick, and that's Roth." -Thomas
Name:The Cardinal Cowboy From: St. Louis Hagar or Roth? "Hagar... Well, probably David Lee Roth."
Name: Undisclosed From: Undisclosed Hagar or Roth? Undisclosed
Winner: David Lee Roth.
Though in fairness we probably should conduct this same poll at the Chickenfoot show to get both sides of the debate.