David Lee Roth
In recent weeks Van Halen fans have been reminded of a number of David Lee Roth's other passions and he addresses one -- sheep herding -- in this video from the Van Halen News Desk. The singer takes viewers through the art of training a dog to herd, mixing in quips that only he could think of along the way.
Back in the 1980s, Van Halen were known for demanding lots of M&M's be provided backstage at their concerts -- but insisting the brown ones be removed. Many people assumed it was a weird superstition or just your standard, run-of-the-mill rock star ridiculousness, but David Lee Roth says there was actually a very good reason behind it.
The story behind the lyrics to Van Halen's new song 'As Is' is more entertaining than the song itself, and that's not a criticism of the song. In the video below, David Lee Roth explains how the song is about a car the band used in their early days and why it now sits in his home in Pasadena, Calif. with a deer coming through the windshield.
Love him or hate him, David Lee Roth has never been anything less than eminently quotable -- and his recent interview with the Toronto Sun found Diamond Dave in fine form, riffing on everything from Van Halen's longevity in the face of changing trends to the short list of things he'd need to save your life in an emergency.
At the start of the 1990s, young guitarist Jason Becker was riding high, having joined forces with ex-Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth to record what would become Roth's third full-length solo album, 1991's 'A Little Ain’t Enough.'
But around the same time, Becker was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Now paralyzed and unable to speak or play guitar, Becker still continues to make new music. His incredible story has been captured in the new documentary 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet,' which will make its world premiere March 3 in San Jose, California.
A lot has been written about the fact that a good deal of the new Van Halen album, 'A Different Kind of Truth,' isn't new at all -- several tracks are reworked versions of tunes unearthed from the VH archives (for a precise rundown of exactly where all the older tracks came from, check out this article, which also features audio snippets of all 13 songs) and other parts of songs were possibly written off previously unused vintage material.