Only Van Halen’s David Lee Roth could put on a New Year’s gala this gloriously weird.
In a new edition of the always-entertaining Roth Show, he riffs to a groove from James Brown’s “Living in America,” among other wacked-out tracks, all over a series of quick-cut edits of dance sequences from various previous episodes of his web-only series, classic videos and other rare footage filmed the “Mojo Dojo” — the Van Halen frontman’s name for his Pasadena, California, mansion.
Highlights include appearances by the DLR Vegas Band, plus clips from a bizarro VHS-only release called “No Holds Bar-B-Que” that was sold during a 2002 tour with Sammy Hagar, who succeeded Roth as Van Halen’s singer in the mid-1980s.
Roth can even be seen, at one point, hanging out in a rabbit suit with a bottle of wine. “I’m in my pajamas, all ready for the new year,” he deadpans. “Yeah, this is the Roth show; who else would it fucking be?”
Fittingly, the 25-minute video draws to a close with this boozy take on “Auld Lang Syne,” which then morphs into some sort of meth-head salsa meltdown — all as Dave rides an unhorsed-saddle while wearing a traditional Hawaiian lei.
Roth then ends things on an appropriately psychedelic note — once again in his jammies, sharing a message with fans over the vino: “My reality is the hallucination that your reality causes me to have, every day until happy hour. So let’s have a look at your bunny suit.”