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David Lee Roth Returns With New ‘Roth Show’

Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Some people were born with the gift of the gab, and then there is David Lee Roth. The Van Halen frontman demonstrated his ability to tell a story on the latest incarnation of his web series, the Roth Show.

Roth celebrated the birth of his new website by uploading the episode. Over the course of 25 minutes, Roth talked about the history of Los Angeles car culture, including the size of tires found on monster trucks, custom car builder Big Daddy Roth (no relation) and the importance of low riders among Southern California’s Latino population.

This being Roth, of course, there are plenty of digressions on such topics as what he says are the most famous Buddhist questions (“Is it the salt or the French fry?” or “Is it the blue cheese dressing or the iceberg lettuce?”), his lack of understanding of cricket and a girl he knew in Vancouver. And it’s all told with Roth’s signature stream-of-consciousness style. It’s hard to keep up with everything he’s saying, but it’s undeniably entertaining.

He also finds time to sing along with some tunes that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with him, including Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Baby Driver,” the Police‘s “Next to You” and Mark Ronson‘s recent smash hit with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk.” He closes the show by playing gospel act Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “War.”

The Roth Show began in 2012, but a little more than a year ago, Roth deleted the episodes when he unexpectedly shut down his website and social media profiles. It had been rumored that Roth was going to launch the new site tomorrow (Feb. 7), but he has gotten it online a day earlier than anticipated.

Roth’s privacy settings prohibit us from embedding the video, but you can watch it by going to davidleeroth.net.

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