Originally Posted by texasdave
When I heard Hagar was replacing Diamond Dave, I was pretty excited. I wanted, really wanted, to love 5150. I played it numerous times. For whatever reason, I was always left disappointed. The album was just okay to me. Of course, 1984 was a tough act to follow. And then each successive album seemed a little more stale to me. Van Halen, IMO, definitely went downhill after David Lee Roth left.
I am a Van Halen fan, minus Gary Sharrone, and although it took a while to get used to 5150, I did get used to it. I loved OU812 and really liked For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. VH changed, but they never lost the fun. And fun they were.