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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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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Fires Back at David Lee Roth Over Van Halen Setlist

Sammy Hagar has taken to the airwaves to respond to Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's pointed recent criticism of the so-called Van Hagar era.

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Jason Merritt / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Says Sammy Hagar Has a ‘Credibility Issue’

David Lee Roth says he'll never perform Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen songs, and the reasons are obvious.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Proclaims Love for Dance Music, Compares Van Halen to ‘West Side Story’

David Lee Roth proclaimed love for dance music and compared Van Halen to 'West Side Story' in May 2015.

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Jesse Grant/Stringer, Getty Images

12 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Detains a Knife-Wielding Intruder at His House

On April 26, 2003, someone climbed the 10-foot fence onto David Lee Roth's property.

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22 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession

On April 16, 1993, David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for attempting to score some drugs.

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YouTube

David Lee Roth: Rock’s Best Martial Artist?

As the members of Van Halen would have been happy to tell you at pretty much any point between 1985 and 2007, David Lee Roth isn't always the easiest guy to get along with.

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How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen

Like the histories of all great rock bands, Van Halen’s past includes some landmark dates.

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YouTube

David Lee Roth Tapes Intro for YouTube Star’s ‘Hot for Teacher’ Cover

If one in an infinite number of monkeys would eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare, then it stands to reason that a similar number of YouTube channels would eventually produce a cover of Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" by a former stripper and lingerie model turned vlogger and reality TV celebrity.

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Warner Bros.

21 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Tries Growing Up on ‘Your Filthy Little Mouth’

Ex-Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth released 'Your Filthy Little Mouth' on March 8, 1994.

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Eddie Van Halen Doesn’t Know Where David Lee Roth Is Living

The guitarist revealed that he is unaware of his lead singer's current whereabouts.

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