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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.’

David Lee Roth Offers Up Surreal New Christmas Song

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Diamond Dave sends us all holiday greetings from his tiki bunker.

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Michael Anthony Still Has Painful Memories of David Lee Roth’s Butt

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It's well known that David Lee Roth took issue with Eddie Van Halen's growing fondness for keyboards during the sessions for Van Halen's '1984' album.

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How Steve Stevens Almost Joined David Lee Roth’s Band

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Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens explains how he almost joined David Lee Roth's solo band.

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Remember When Joan Rivers Matched Wits With David Lee Roth and Elton John?

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With the sad news today that comedy legend Joan Rivers has died, we've decided to take a look back at the first episode of her late-night TV show, when she was visited by not one but two rock legends: David Lee Roth and Elton John.

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30 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Original Lineup Plays Their Last Concert

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Any rock band with a flamboyant frontman is bound to face its share of personality conflicts, and in the preening David Lee Roth, Van Halen had a singer more flamboyant than most.

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David Lee Roth’s Uncle Manny Roth, Owner of Famous Cafe Wha?, Dies at 95

Photo Credit: David Lee Roth
Photo Credit: David Lee Roth

Manny Roth, who owned the famous Greenwich Village nightclub Cafe Wha? and was also the uncle of David Lee Roth, has died. He was 95.

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Is a David Lee Roth Album With John 5 on the Way?

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Valerie Macon / Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

Guitarist John 5 says that he and David Lee Roth have an album's worth of material waiting to be released.

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Watch David Lee Roth Cover Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’

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When David Lee Roth met up with a New York a cappella group, they didn't harmonize on a classic Van Halen cut -- or even one of Dave's solo hits.

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29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Quits Van Halen

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Though long-time fans likely hoped it was an April Fool's joke gone terribly wrong, original frontman David Lee Roth did in fact quit Van Halen 29 years ago today, on April 1, 1985.

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20 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Releases ‘Your Filthy Little Mouth’

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“Whatever happened to all of the fun in the world?”

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