David Lee Roth

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Television
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Roth, the former lead vocalist with US hard rockers Van Halen, first expressed his desire to go solo during a period of band inactivity during 1985. He subsequently recorded a mini-album, Crazy From The Heat, featuring a varied selection of material that was a departure from the straight metal approach of Van Halen. The album was favourably reviewed and after much speculation, he finally broke ranks in the autumn of 1985. Roth soon found himself in the US Top 3 with an unlikely cover version of the Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ (complete with a suitably tacky video), and an even stranger version of ‘I Ain’t Got Nobody’. This bizarre change must have baffled and bemused his fans, but he soon assembled an impressive array of musicians, notably guitar virtuoso Steve Vai (b. 6 June 1960, Long Island, New York, USA), bass player Billy Sheehan (ex-Talas) and drummer Greg Bissonette to record Eat...

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