David Lee Roth kicked off the second season of his webcast series The Roth Show with another round of free-associative ramblings filled with personal memories, giddy riffs and strangely resonant connections from across his life. All of it, through a strange series of turns, usually leads back to his time in Van Halen.
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David Lee Roth estimates that the newly reunited Van Halen could be finished writing a new studio album in 18 months, with another tour to follow.
Sammy Hagar says he has nothing against Wolfgang Van Halen. Still, he can’t understand why David Lee Roth would participate in a partial Van Halen reunion without fellow founding member Michael Anthony.
Roger Taylor, an underrated composer over the years with Queen, offers a rare solo album — as well as a box set collecting his solo work. David Lee Roth, meanwhile, digs into his own work away from Van Halen.
‘He passed out deader than fried chicken’: David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s 1978 tour with Black Sabbath
Van Halen was in the midst of an early gig opening for Black Sabbath when the tour hit Nashville, Tennessee on November 16, 1978. Then, David Lee Roth says, something very funny happened.
Back in the middle of the years when so-called Classic Rock was born, our perceptions of rock stars was somewhat different than today. They seemed larger than life; dangerous, even.
David Lee Roth approach to lyric writing for Van Halen is that they matter — but they don’t matter. In fact, he’s not even sure you have to know English for them to make sense.
‘It’s juxtaposed with this very happy music’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth talks about the darker side to his lyrics
For all of David Lee Roth’s happy-go-lucky antics on stage, many of his most recognizable songs — from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin’” and “Jump” to his solo version of “Just a Gigolo”/”I Ain’t Got Nobody” — have a darker edge.
‘Take your thought and say it over and over’: David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s delicate balance of power
As we bid farewell to Van Halen’s lengthy tour in support of A Different Kind of Truth, David Lee Roth provides some insight into the delicate balance of power the band has always had.
‘I knew we were going to be back together’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth remembers his solo-career detour
Van Halen has been one big happy family over the past few years, as David Lee Roth returned for the well-received Different Kind of Truth album and tour. It wasn’t always that way, of course.