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David Lee Roth

In the eyes of countless hard rock fans, David Lee Roth is the prototypical frontman. With a flamboyant, larger than life stage presence and a party-hearty surfer dude persona (not to mention his acrobatic leaps, long mane of blond hair, and skintight spandex outfits), Roth was an integral part of Van Halen's meteoric rise to global dominance from 1978 through 1984. Born on October 10, 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana, Roth was introduced to music at an early age, via his father's affinity for Al Jolson, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Prima. By the dawn of his teenage years, his family had relocated to California, and by the early '70s, Roth had become a major rock fan (Led Zeppelin, Black Oak Arkansas, Grand Funk, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, etc.). Roth was soon singing in local bands, including the Red Ball Jets, who would play shows along with another up-and-coming rock band from Pasadena, California -- Mammoth.

The members of Mammoth, including brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen on guitar and drums, respectively, would often borrow Roth's PA system for their gigs, and a friendship was struck up. Soon after, Roth was asked to join forces with the Van Halen brothers, who had enlisted a new bassist as well, Michael Anthony. The new quartet decided on a name change by the mid-'70s as they played the Sunset Strip -- Van Halen (reportedly Roth's idea). By 1977, the quartet was signed to Warner Bros., and 1978 saw the release of their landmark self-titled debut, one of rock's all-time great recordings. Mixing heavy metal riffs with punk's fury, Van Halen were onto a whole new sound, which resulted in the band taking the world by storm. The band issued a string of classic mega-selling albums (1979's Van Halen II, 1980's Women and Children First, 1981's Fair Warning, 1982's Diver Down, and two years later, 1984), while becoming a major arena-headlining concert draw in the process.

Just as Van Halen had hit their peak and appeared they could do no wrong, Roth issued a four-track solo EP in 1985, Crazy from the Heat, with rumors swirling that the bandmembers were bickering behind the scenes and that the singer was going to make a major motion picture. Still, it was a shock to rock fans everywhere when Roth left Van Halen later that year (Van Halen would soldier on with Sammy Hagar filling Roth's spot) -- leading to a war of words in the press. When his plans for the movie proved to be a bust, Roth immediately formed a top-notch solo band, consisting of ex-Talas bassist Billy Sheehan (often called "the Eddie Van Halen of bass"), ex-Frank Zappa guitarist Steve Vai, and ex-Maynard Ferguson drummer Gregg Bissonette. In 1986, Roth issued his first full-length solo effort, Eat 'Em and Smile, which was another hit and gave way to another sold-out tour.

Roth had also become a master of creating hilarious and highly original music videos (featuring a wide assortment of wacky characters), especially Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" and Roth's solo clips "California Girls," "Just a Gigolo," "Yankee Rose," and "Goin' Crazy." But while Roth's new solo band seemed to be on the way to a very promising future, the lineup began to splinter with each subsequent release (1988's Skyscraper, 1991's A Little Ain't Enough), until Roth was the only remaining member. With interest waning, Roth attempted to branch out musically on his experimental 1994 release, Your Filthy Little Mouth (produced by Nile Rodgers), but it was met with a cool reception, as was his attempt to break into the Vegas circuit around the same time.

By 1996, Van Halen had parted ways with Hagar, leading to an onslaught of rumors that a Roth/Van Halen reunion was in the works. The rumor appeared to become reality on September 4, 1996, when Van Halen and Roth appeared together at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York to present an award. Despite the fact that they had recorded several new songs the previous summer (two of which would appear on their forthcoming Best Of: Vol. 1 collection), the reunion was short-lived -- Eddie and Roth got into a near fistfight backstage on the night of the awards show, as relations soured once again when it became known that Van Halen tricked Roth into thinking that he was back in the band (meanwhile, they had secretly hired ex-Extreme singer Gary Cherone a few months prior).

Undeterred, Roth penned a tell-all biography, 1997's Crazy from the Heat, and issued his best solo album in years, 1998's back-to-basics DLR Band. When Cherone was dismissed from Van Halen in 1999 after only a single album (the horrific Van Halen III), rumors began swirling once again about a possible Roth/Van Halen reunion. With both camps keeping things very hush-hush, Roth finally broke the silence in April of 2001, issuing a statement on his website that he and his former Van Halen bandmates had indeed regrouped the previous year in the recording studio, but that he hadn't heard back from them in months. Barely a week later, Eddie Van Halen went public with the fact that he was diagnosed with cancer; in May of 2002 he reported on his website that his cancer treatments had been successful and he had "just gotten a 100 percent clean bill of health -- from head to toe."

Meanwhile, the good news from Eddie Van Halen did not apparently coincide with a return of Roth to the Van Halen fold, as the singer's Diamond Dave, a 14-track collection of mostly covers that echoed the 1982 Van Halen classic Diver Down, was released in 2003. In 2005, Roth took over FM "Shock Jock" duties for the satellite radio-bound Howard Stern, and the following year he gathered friends for the tongue-in-cheek Strummin with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Turn it up!
jeanutt2003
I'm only nine people lol
jeanutt2003
Lol I hate him an my dad like totally loves David and that's why I sit here being tortured about David Lee roth yup
Damn Good...
Those were good times, Damn good times<><
David Lee Roth, is by far, The Greatest Front Man of All Time!!! With his personality and talent, dress, body, looks... Who comes close?
Diamond Dave: Best Frontman of All Time!!
Even though VH with David Lee Roth is the best band out there, you have to agree that Dave's solo gig was pretty awesome too
Van Halen III was titled because Gary Cherone, (of Extreme fame), became the bands 3 lead singer...hen c e III also, Eat 'Em And Smile is the best band lineup of all time, as far as the super bands are concerned, but the album itself is the greatest summer album from top to bottom. Well said Thewaterofhu m a n i t y # 1 5 !
Love me some DAVE TV!!!!!
Ya can't beat DLR! I haven't found anything that makes me happier than Eat 'em and Smile on a nice summer afternoon...
grizman79
Why was that crappy album called Van Halen III?
I saw all 3 singers. The Extreme guy was blah, Sammy was drunk, Dave was classic Dave.
Diamond Dave was always a fantastic showman, awesome artist. He made the music fun to listen to!
like david lee much better solo than with VH--Hagar took VH to musical maturity, where david lee never could have. but this solo stuff is just plain fun--great catchy party tunes.
David lee went out with a girlfriend of mine from highschool to add to his list of many girls!! loyds of london knows all to well!
I always laugh when I hear people say that, truckerguy. The highest charting VH album with Dave was 1984, which peaked at #2. Every one of the VH albums with Sammy went to #1. I don't understand why people feel they have to choose, though. I enjoy both versions, as well as Sammy and Dave's respective solo careers.
DLR is one of the best ever ..he made VH and not and I repeat NOT hagar!!!
best DLR quote ever: "Some people burn their candles at both ends. I take a blowtorch to mine."
mrazmeritsa
Will go down in Rock N Roll history as a legend--both his music and that high-strung personality of his. Luv ya Dave!!
David Lee Roth is such a great singer that i'm wondering what his doing rightnow. Where are you david?
Just lately i have started to listen to daves solo stuff. He still kept his voice and still gave his albums a little van halen feel to them. But the 78-84 years of van halen will be hist best years.
Saw the Hagar/ Roth concert at Fiddlers Green, a couple of years ago, good show. Roth is one of the best front men ever but, Hagar is one of the most talented performers California has ever produced (Montrose, solo, Van Halen, and now Chickenfoot) He's amazing!
ouoooo! yeah! woooueeee! When its 100 degrees in detroit everyone says woo woo ahaaaaa! ouhceeeeee.. . w w o o o o h e , wooo! xoxo M
Diamond Dave rock'd with the last tour. Oh my gosh, I was going through my ole rockinroll days all over again! Van Halen needs to think how good it was back then.
twoslydogs
van halen isn't the same without him
i graduated high school the year he left the band
can't believe its been 25 years

1984 is one of the best records the group has made
DIAMOND DAVE IS THE REAL DEAL WHEN IT COMES TO ROCK AND ROLL
don1983
Diamond Dave IS the MAN! Nuff said.
I LOVE HIM 2!
I love him!
Only the first front-man really rules...that is "DLR". Like his 1986 album cover says, Eat'em and smile.
Long live Rock-n-Roll! !
Come on. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Ever see Sammy live? They both rock!
Sammy turned Eddie in to a p**sy. Dave brought out the monster in him. Me Wize Magic.. Perfect example. Not that sappy crap Sammy sang!
theonej.dion n e
DAVE RULES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! SAMMY DRULES!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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