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David Lee Roth

After launching his solo career with a 1985 EP that included covers from the Beach Boys and Louis Prima songbooks, former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth assembled a band that would help him score hit records until the end of the decade. But Roth’s star began to fade in the ’90s as band members like guitarist Steve Vai left the fold. He started mixing things up, releasing an album in 1994 with producer Nile Rodgers called ‘Your Filthy Little Mouth,’ but by that time he was considering a reunion with Van Halen. But that ended in 1996 with only two new songs added to a greatest-hits package and more hard feelings among the perpetually feuding bandmates. Roth then wrote a book and trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. He continued to release solo albums, and in 2007, he started touring with Van Halen again. In 2012, the group returned with its first new album with Roth since the triumphant ‘1984.’

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20 Years Ago: Van Halen Reunite With David Lee Roth on MTV

When host Dennis Miller announced reunited members of Van Halen, the crowd at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards went crazy.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

30 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Kicks Off His First Solo Tour

David Lee Roth proved he didn't need Van Halen to put on a spectacular arena show with his 'Eat 'Em and Smile' tour.

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Listen to David Lee Roth Update Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’

You might remember a snippet of David Lee Roth singing "Baker Street" on the 'No Holds Bar-B-Que' video. Now, you can hear the whole thing.

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Los Bros. Warners
Los Bros. Warners

30 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Goes Spanish With ‘Sonrisa Salvaje’

David Lee Roth always wanted to conquer the world. In the summer of 1986, he turned his attentions south of the border with a Spanish-language version of his debut solo LP, Eat 'Em and Smile.

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Warner Brothers

‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ Turns 30: Our Writers Answer Five Big Questions About David Lee Roth’s Masterpiece

What's the best song on David Lee Roth's solo debut? The worst? Is it better than '5150?' Our reporters weigh in..

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Warner Bros.

How David Lee Roth’s ‘Ladies’ Night in Buffalo?’ Could Have Sounded Much Different

The unhurried assurance of David Lee Roth‘s “Ladies Nite in Buffalo?” began as a Steve Vai demo that was anything but.

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YouTube

David Lee Roth’s Complete ‘No Holds Bar-B-Que’ Is Now Online

David Lee Roth has exhumed his infamously bizarre No Holds Bar-B-Que project, uploading the entire film to his YouTube channel.

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YouTube

David Lee Roth Believes He’ll Be Back With Van Halen

David Lee Roth seems confident not just that Van Halen will tour again, but also that they will return to the studio.

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Bryan Steffy / Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

What It Might Sound Like If Vince Neil, James Hetfield and David Lee Roth Auditioned for AC/DC

While we wait for official word on who we'll hear next behind the mic for AC/DC, how about passing the time with a few impressions imagining the audition process to take over for Brian Johnson?

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Update: Is David Lee Roth’s New Song a Farewell to Van Halen? Yes, Maybe

Tucked away inside the latest episode of David Lee Roth's 'Roth Show' was a mournful new song – and it's resulted in some ruminating among Van Halen fans.

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