‘These are tricks done by professionals’: For Van Halen’s quippy David Lee Roth, a rock life unchanged

While other rockers of his vintage seem to be slowing down, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth is still living it up — or, at the very least, still talking a very good game.

Always known as a swordsman, David Lee Roth hasn’t stopped chatting up the girls, even as Van Halen tours some 35 years after its self-titled debut.

“First off, at my age, sleeping with somebody half my age is no longer a felony,” Roth quips in the attached Ten video. “Let’s get that out of the way.”

He appeared on stage at Australia’s Stone Music Festival with reformed rockers Aerosmith, guys who have given up their hard-living ways after a series of brushes with career suicide.

On the other hand, there’s Roth. After returning to the fold with Van Halen for 2012′s A Different Kind of Truth and the subsequent tour after having been away since 1984, the flamboyant frontman says he has a more old-school approach to things.

Asked how he protects his voice, for instance, Roth says: “The basic five food groups — sugar, starch, fat, grease and alcohol.” Then adds: “I like supplements. I do nicotine. These are tricks done by professionals, under professional supervision.”


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