David Lee Roth was born in Bloomington, Indiana, on October 10, 1954. He was the lead singer of the hard rock band, Van Halen, for three stints from 1974 to 1985, in 1996, and again from 2006 until their disbandment in 2020. He was also a successful solo artist, with numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums under his belt. In 2006, Roth re-joined Van Halen for a North American tour that went on to become the band’s most successful and one of the most successful of the year. As part of Van Halen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Right here, we will help you honor his special day.
David Lee Roth was born on October 10, 1954, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Nathan Lee Roth, an ophthalmologist, and Sibyl Roth, a teacher. Roth was always interested in art, particularly film and radio, claiming that Al Jolson was his first musical idol. Roth began singing in his late teens, both solo and with the Red Ball Jets, an R&B-tinged rock band. It was during these stints that he encountered Mammoth, a Los Angeles band featuring brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen. In 1974 they invited Roth to join their new band, Van Halen, as lead vocalist. Their debut album, “Van Halen” was recorded in 1978 and immediately grabbed national attention and radio airplay.
David Fricke described the album in “Rolling Stone” as “a nonstop booze-and-babes party train.” Roth was often credited with being instrumental in the band’s success despite his ‘wildman’ reputation.
After splitting from Van Halen in late 1985, Roth formed a virtuoso supergroup with guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. In July 1986, Roth released his debut solo album, “Eat ‘Em and Smile.” In January 1988, “Skyscraper,” a more experimental album with the hit single ‘Just Like Paradise’ was released and shot to no. six on the Billboard album chart, selling two million copies in the U.S. In 1997, his memoir “Crazy From the Heat,” made the “New York Times” best-seller list. Roth made an appearance as a poker-playing guest of Tony Soprano on the T.V. series “The Sopranos” in 2004.
Later that year, Roth performed with the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra at Boston’s annual “Pops Goes the Fourth” celebration. In October 2020, he shared his song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill,’ written with John 5 and previously recorded as a tribute to his late bandmate Eddie Van Halen. After a final residency set at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay from December 2021 to January 2022, Roth announced his intention to retire from performing in October 2021.
The Halen brothers invite Roth to join their new band, Van Halen, as lead vocalist.
Van Halen, Roth's band, releases a 29-track demo tape that includes many songs from their first three LPs.
"Van Halen," Roth and his band's debut album, is released and it immediately receives national attention and radio airplay.
While still a member of Van Halen, Roth releases "Crazy from the Heat," an eclectic solo EP of off-beat pop standards.
Roth releases his debut solo album, "Eat 'Em and Smile," with veteran Van Halen producer Ted Templeman.
Roth announces his retirement from performing after a final residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Why We Love David Lee Roth
He uses music to help others
Roth had a difficult childhood. His family had issues and he used music as an escape from pain and hardship. As Roth grew in popularity, his fans enjoyed his music and became more connected to him.
He is artistic
Roth enjoys all forms of art, especially music, literature, and painting. Roth has been making comics at his Los Angeles home since the Covid-19 pandemic forced him off the road, and he refers to it as performance therapy.
His family is very important
Roth's family is very important to him, especially his mother and sisters, Lisa and Allison, whom he sincerely loves. Roth's mother influenced him greatly; she was an art teacher who also taught Spanish and had a solid academic background.
5 Surprising Facts
His uncle owned the club Cafe Wha?
Manny Roth, Roth's uncle, owned the famous New York music club Cafe Wha? where legendary acts like Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and Bruce Springsteen played in their early years.
He worked as a hospital orderly
Roth worked as a hospital orderly, cleaning bedpans and fluffing pillows, before becoming the frontman of one of the biggest bands of 1980.
He suggested the band’s name
It was Roth who suggested the Van Halen brothers' band, Mammoth, be renamed Van Halen because he thought it had more power than Santana's.
He played in backyards like sold-out stadiums
Roth performed at backyards in Pasadena, California as if they were already selling out stadiums.
He appeared in a podcast
Roth appears for a three-hour open-ended interview on Joe Rogan's podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience."
David Lee Roth FAQs
Was David Lee Roth ever married?
Roth had four great loves in his life, but none of them resulted in marriage.
Does David Lee Roth have a skincare company?
Roth and business partner and tattoo artist Ami James launched INK the Original, a full line of skin care products for tattooed skin, in 2018.
Is David Lee Roth a martial artist?
Yes, Roth is a martial artist who has been practicing Kenjutsu since the age of twelve, as well as kenpō and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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