I’ve long maintained that MuchMusic’s Power Hour was the best hour of Canadian television in the late 80s. The music, the interviews, and the personalities made it a very special show. Far better than anything MTV had on offer. Much respected the Metal. The Power Hour was a fun show, but not a lightweight one.
David Lee Roth sat with Denise Donlon in January of 1991, to promote his new album A Little Ain’t Enough. She didn’t let him off easy. “I think David Lee Roth is smarter than the music you make,” she says bluntly. And she doesn’t let him wriggle out with rehearsed answers. “Sure, the world’s a stage and I want better lighting!” Roth has a tendency to just go off on his own little segues, but Donlon doesn’t buy it and presses further. Dave likes to go by rote, but she kept questioning. Her point being that David Lee Roth is a witty, well read, worldly individual, and she was disappointed to see his new video (“A Li’l Ain’t Enough”) was another showcase for hot girls. She also asks about the blackface, which was not nearly as front-page in 1991 as it is in 2019.
Gotta give Denise Donlon credit for this. Even if you think she’s attacking him (which she’s not), you have to give her credit for being one of the few who are able to get David Lee Roth off script.
Unfortunately I was forced to edit out the musical clips from this video.