DAVE LEE ROTH's Show Deemed "Too Loud" By Vermont Officials

Last weekend's Champlain Valley Exposition fair in Vermont was fined $5,000 for violation of Essex Junction's noise ordinance after former VAN HALEN singer DAVE LEE ROTH's performance there was deemed "too loud" by the local officials.

Essex Police Chief David Demag said there were 32 calls complaining about the noise at Sunday night's show, according to the Associated Press.

"It was very annoying," said Robert Durham, who lives about 600 feet from the fairgrounds. "I had the air conditioner on ... and I could still hear it with the doors and windows closed."

Tom Oddy, director of special events, said Roth's crew had been told repeatedly to turn down the volume.

The volume would drop, then come back stronger than ever, Oddy said.

"I've never seen that attitude, ever, with a show," Oddy said.

Fair officials and police said they feared halting the noisy performance by the 46-year-old singer would upset the audience.

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