Korn’s Ray Luzier on David Lee Roth: “A Lot of People Don’t Understand His Intelligence”


Former DLR Band drummer, Ray Luzier, told Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview that he’s quite fond of his time with former boss David Lee Roth. Luzier (who is currently the drummer in KORN) performed on 1998?s DLR Band and 2003?s Diamond Dave albums.

When asked to recall his favorite DLR story, Luzier explains, “Roth is so eccentric and out there and I’ve learned so much from that guy, no one’s like him on the planet. To name one story is super hard. His stories are so funny, even onstage. When I was ten I had David Lee Roth hanging on my wall and I was just like ‘I want to meet that guy before I die.’ I was in my bedroom in my underwear trying to practice “Hot For Teacher” on my drums in Pennsylvania. Never in a million years did I think I would be onstage with him, so that to me is a bizarre enough story right there – playing that song with David every night.”

Luzier’s also quick to point out that Roth’s public goofball image can sometimes make people forget about his keen intellect. “He’s a smart guy and this powerful entertainer. A lot of people don’t understand his intelligence — they think he’s this clown-y lead singer guy. (But) we’ll be in Sweden somewhere and (he’ll say) ‘You know the elevation here is blah blah and the population is blah blah blah’ and I’m like ‘How do you know all this shit?’ There’s no one on the planet like him. I love Dave to death and he was a massive chunk of my professional life and career and I wouldn’t change anything.”

You can read the entire interview here.