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September 24, 2003


David Lee Roth's Tour Done In by Samurai Maneuver Gone Wrong

"It was an incident onstage where he was doing a kung-fu maneuver and he got hit with a staff that he uses," spokesman Todd Brodginski said in a statement. "He was doing a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move."

Wow. A kung-fu-practicing Samurai? No wonder he had problems. I'm not an expert on this stuff, except from the movies, but isn't kung fu a Chinese martial art? Aren't Samurai from Japan? I guess he's ignoring the Hagakure's smart advice about what happens when one thing becomes two.* Maybe his injuring himself was a performative metaphor for the battle between these two styles?

Regardless of the contradiction in fighting forms, there is an incredible video of Diamond Dave practicing his Samurai moves over on his website. I literally could not take my eyes off it. I never thought a video could surpass the one of him chillin' with the belly dancers and dwarves from a few months ago...but let me tell you something:

Never. Underestimate. David. Lee. Roth.

*"It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the same for anything that is called a Way. Therefore, it is inconsistent to hear something of the Way of Confucius or the Way of the Buddha, and say that this is the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all ways and be more and more in accord with his own."

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