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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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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

31 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Original Lineup Play Their Last Concert

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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Watch David Lee Roth’s Hysterical (and NSFW) Response to a Beer-Throwing Fan

Don't throw beer onto the stage at a Van Halen concert.

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Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos

Van Halen Cancel Show Due To David Lee Roth Illness

Van Halen have cancelled tonight's scheduled concert in Hershey, Pa. after lead singer David Lee Roth was advised by doctors not to perform due to a bout with the flu.

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How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen

With few notable exceptions, the mythical account of David Lee Roth’s exit from Van Halen has been presented as gospel truth. It's not.

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David Lee Roth Makes Bill Cosby Joke

David Lee Roth made light of the rape accusations made at comedian Bill Cosby on July 9.

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Warner Bros.

29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Releases His Debut Solo Album, ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’

David Lee Roth released his first solo album, Eat 'Em and Smile, on July 7, 1986, and for a brief moment, it seemed possible he would capture the "King of Hard Rock" title.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Eddie Van Halen on David Lee Roth: ‘Act Like You’re 60′

In a new interview with Billboard, Eddie Van Halen says he didn't invite David Lee Roth back in the band for money — he did it for the fans.

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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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