In a conversation with VintageRock Pod, Rainbow’s keyboardist, Tony Carey, mentioned that bands like Van Halen and Motley Crue killed the rock scene.
About this topic, Carey said:
“For me, it’s (rock and roll) all about the mystique, you know. And all of a sudden, you put cameras on people that aren’t actors, and it’s pretty much ridiculous.
”Then, it led to the inevitable, which is glam, put the David Lee Roth and guys that are actors and can wear spandex and Motley Crue.
“Didn’t love it, hated it, got it out of there (80s rock scene) as soon as I could, and never went back. I didn’t like it at all. I mean, my idea of rock, I’m a 70s guy or even a 60s guy. My idea was rock is rock. [It] has a mystique in it and an image.
“You don’t have to see everything, and it didn’t have to be sexy girls in the video because there isn’t a video. And if they come to play in your town, you go see them, and word of mouth spreads it, and the occasional mystique like Led Zeppelin had.
”You know, Zeppelin weren’t an MTV band, or Creedence Clearwater, or the Doors, or Big Brother and the Holding Company, or Grateful Dead, or Fleetwood Mac. They’re really good 60s and 70s bands.”