David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth


10/10/1954, Bloomington, Indiana

Birth Name

David Lee Roth



Also Known As

Diamond Dave, David Lee Roth, Dave Roth
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  • Trivia

    • David is fluent in Spanish.

    • David is a certified registered EMT, he trained in New York City, riding along with the ambulance crews on over 200 calls. He saved the life of a heart attack victim using the defribrillator.

    • David made a guest appearance on the HBO hit series The Sopranos as a poker playing guest of Tony Soprano's.

    • David authored his first novel, a best-selling, tell-all autobiography of all of the crazy antics and times during his rise to fame with Van Halen. He followed it up with his second novel The Tao of Dave: Rock 'n' Roll Philosophy With David Lee Roth, in which he doles out his knowledge, wisdom, personal artwork, photographs, and chili recipes.

    • David is a dedicated follower and practioner of the classic martial arts since age 12, he travels and teaches at seminars around the world between music gigs.

    • David is an accomplished outdoorsman and climber, he has led numerous trips into the Himalayas, New Guinea, and the Amazon.

    • David describes himself as a unique blend of the scarecrow from Wizard of Oz, Bruce Lee, and The Rolling Stones.

    • David headed back to the recording studio in 1998, and mastered a whole new sound, rock infused with the sound of funk and the speed of punk. Back-to-Basics was his best solo attempt in years, putting him back into the spotlight.

    • Davis and Eddie Van Halen almost come to fist fight on the night of the MTV Awards show backstage. Davis found that he had been tricked into thinking that he was back in the band, in order to make a few songs with them, to market their new album. Eddie had secretly hired ex-Extreme front man Gary Cherone months earlier.

    • David appeared with Van Halen for the first time in years on the MTV Music Awards on September 4, 1996. Sammy Hagar had left the group to pursue a solo career, and Van Halen alluded to the rumor that David would be back into the group, with a sly 'We'll see'.

    • David became frustrated with the lack of album sales, and attempted to break into the Vegas show circuit in 1995.

    • David's popularity was dwindling, and his 1994 release of Your Filthy Little Mouth was produced by Nile Rodgers and was met with low sales and interest.

    • David's band members started to drop out one by one, with each new album release. After 1988's Skyscraper and 1991's A Little Aint Enough, he was the lone original member left.

    • David created some of the craziest, most original music videos with the wildest characters in the 1980's.

    • David issued his first full length solo effort Eat 'Em and Smile was a major hit accompanied by a sold-out tour.

    • David went on to gather his solo band, consisting of accomplished, high talent performers: Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, and Gregg Bissonette.

    • David and Eddie started to publicly disagree about the direction Van Halen was taking. Tired of the drama, David left the band to embark on a solo career in late 1985.

    • David decided to issue a 4 track solo EP in 1985, at the height of Van Halen's popularity, sparking rumors of conflict between the band members.

    • David and the members of Mammoth decided to change their name to Van Halen, and they signed with Warner Bros. in 1977. They played the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California, looking for their big break.

    • David met up with the members of the rock band Mammoth, which included brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen. They used to borrow his PA system for their shows and they became friends, soon after they invited him to join the band.

    • David followed his love for rock music into a few rock bands, most notably the Red Ball Jets as the lead singer. They played shows throughout the Pasadena area.

    • David's father greatly influenced his music taste, by introducing him to the music he loved: Ray Charles, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Prima.

    • David was born in the farm community of Indiana, and spent his childhood commuting back and forth from the great outdoors to the bright lights of the big city. He lived part of the year with his famous uncle Manny Roth in Greenwich Village, living over the nightclub that he ran, the 'Cafe Wha?'. David was exposed to the greats at this nightclub, such as Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

    • After Van Halen, Dave formed the "supergroup" with guitarist Steve Vai, bass player Billy Sheehan and drummer Greg Bissonette.

    • His astrological sign is Libra.

    • He is exactly six feet tall.

    • Dave is an avid Mountain Climber.

    • He was the original singer for Van Halen.

  • Quotes

  • Is it such a crime to wish it were 1979 all over again?

    I tried to watch Dave\'s newest singing gigs, but it was painful to see & alas he\'s not aging as well as, say, my other beloved Steven Tyler. But hey, none of us are as hot as we used to be. Dave, you\'ll always be 20-something in my heart (as will I). There\'ll never be another front-man as breath-taking at you were during the Van Halen hey-day. So forgive me if I close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears, and transport myself back to \"the day\" when thinking of you. Ahhhhhhhhh, it\'s a nice place to be!moreless