Ke$ha is proud of her wild pop persona – insisting she is the female version of Van Halen hellraiser David Lee Roth.
The 23 year old hit the charts last year with TiK ToK, a track about her hard boozing and partying ways.
But the star doesn’t understand why she has been slammed for promoting drinking and clubbing to her teenage fans – because there is no reason a female performer can’t be as wild as her male rocker predecessors.
She tells Britain’s Daily Mirror, “You’d have to have no pulse not to come to my show and not have fun. David Lee Roth could be a total badass running around, drinking whiskey and jumping into the crowd. I see no reason why a woman can’t do that.
Ke$ha’s debut album, Animal, turned into a seemingly-from-out-of-nowhere smash. Before the California-via-Nashville electro-pop upstart knew it, she was headlining her own stadium shows, this necessitating a crash course in the art of keeping the kids in the cheap seats as entertained as those in the front row.
“I’ve been watching old DVDs, and there’s this one that I have of Van Halen,” Ke$ha says. “I can’t remember what year it’s from, but he [singer David Lee Roth] is just such a fucking incredible frontman. Watching the way Van Halen commands the stage has been really influential. They didn’t get to rely on tricks, lighting effects, and things. It was all about the music.”