David Lee Roth is a former American rock vocalist who was born on October 10, 1954. He was the original lead vocalist of the hard rock band Van Halen for three stints, from 1974 to 1985, in 1996, and again from 2006 to their disbandment in 2020.
He is well known for his crazy, exuberant stage presence. He was also a successful solo musician, with multiple RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums under his belt. After more than two decades away, Roth re-joined Van Halen in 2006 for a North American tour that went on to become the band’s highest-grossing and one of the year’s highest-grossing.
A Different Kind of Truth, Roth and Van Halen’s comeback album, was released in 2012. As a member of Van Halen, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Early Years of David Lee Roth
Nathan Lee Roth, an ophthalmologist, and Sibyl Roth, a teacher, raised Roth in Bloomington, Indiana. Lisa Roth, author of the Rockabye Baby lullaby music series, is one of his two sisters. The ancestors of the family are Jewish. Roth was always interested in art, particularly movies and radio, and he claimed that Al Jolson was his first musical idol.
Roth was born in New Castle, Indiana, and spent the majority of his childhood there. “My grandparents moved to New Castle in 1913,” he stated in a 2019 interview with Q95’s “Stuck and Gunner.” To be honest, it’s in Van Halen’s sense of humour and work ethic of “get it done” and “how we do it.” It’s a middle-of-the-road approach, not some sloppy Hollywood horse manure.
In addition, the Roths lived in Swampscott, Massachusetts for a short time. They moved to Pasadena, California, when he was in his teen years. He went to Pasadena’s John Muir High School and Claremont’s The Webb Schools. His parents had their son, who was prone to regular bouts of hyperactivity termed “monkey time,” see a psychiatrist for three years and attend a horse ranch for problematic teenagers in order to develop a feeling of responsibility.
He first met the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex, while attending Pasadena City College. Roth worked in a hospital as an orderly during this time.
Personal Experiences of David Lee Roth
In his entire life, David Lee Roth has never been married. David Lee Roth had romances with Caron Bernstein (1991–1992), Fleur Thiemeyer (1986), Sônia Braga (1984–1985), Apollonia Kotero (1983), and Ann Boleyn (singer). At one point or another, Sabrina Guinness (1985), Connie Hamzy (1984), Rita Rae Roxx (1982), Stacy Yarbrough, Elle Macpherson, Savannah, Tawny Kitaen, Wendy O. Williams, and Valeri Kendall were all associated to Roth.
How to Start Career of David Lee Roth?
He sung solo and with the Red Ball Jets in his late teens. Roth’s PA equipment was borrowed by Mammoth, a Los Angeles band. Eddie and Alex Van Halen were members of Mammoth. They asked Roth to take the lead. In 1974, they changed their name to Van Halen after discovering another band called Mammoth. Van Halen performed both original and cover songs in the past.
Van Halen developed a local following and was offered a four-month residency at the Starwood Club in West Hollywood. In 1976, Gene Simmons spotted Van Halen at the Starwood and offered to assist them in recording their first demo tape. In early 1977, a Warner Brothers record executive saw Van Halen at the Starwood and signed them.
Van Halen released their debut album in 1978. In the following seven years, the original five members released five more albums. Roth was the band’s main lyricist and lead singer. In the 1980s, Roth’s words merged seamlessly with Eddie Van Halen’s music to create Van Halen’s distinctive sound.
In early 1985, Roth released Crazy from the Heat. Roth’s hits grew in popularity thanks to the entertaining music videos for “California Girls” and “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody.” Roth’s solo album Skyscraper, released the same year as Eat ‘Em and Smile, gave him his first international hit with “Just Like Paradise.” Roth released A Little Ain’t Enough in 1991 and Your Filthy Little Mouth in 1994 before retiring from music.
Roth worked as an EMT during his musical hiatus in the late 1990s. Following an infamous appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, Roth left Van Halen once more to compose Crazy From Heat, which was published in 1997.
What Is David Lee Roth’s Net Worth?
David Lee Roth is an American singer, songwriter, rock artist, radio DJ, and author who has a net worth of $60 million. David Lee Roth is best known for being the original frontman for the hugely successful rock band Van Halen from 1974 to 1985. As a member of Van Halen, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Return to Van Halen in 2007
After great anticipation, Billboard.com announced on January 24, 2007, that Roth would rejoin Van Halen for a 40-date arena and amphitheatre tour in mid-2007. On February 2, 2007, an official press release was made on the official Van Halen website, confirming these and other reports.
On February 2, 2007, the Official Van Halen Web Site announced that Roth, together with current members Alex, Eddie, and Valerie Bertinelli’s teenage son, Wolfgang Van Halen, had rejoined the band. Eddie Van Halen wrote a statement to the official Van Halen website on March 8 explaining that he did not feel he could play at his best and that the tour with Roth would be postponed.
Van Halen’s five original members, as well as Sammy Hagar, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007. Due to Eddie’s health, the Van Halen brothers were unable to attend. Roth was scheduled to perform with Velvet Revolver, however his appearance was cancelled due to a disagreement with the band. Following Roth’s absence from the induction, Van Halen was represented by Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar.
During the awards ceremony, both Anthony and Hagar publicly acknowledged Roth for his contributions to the band. The event was viewed as yet another public disgrace for the band because Roth did not attend. It was rumoured that the feud was caused by a disagreement over song choice. Velvet Revolver only agreed to play “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” or “You Really Got Me” if Roth wanted to perform “Jump,” the band’s highest-charting tune.
When it was eventually decided that Paul Shaffer would play “Jump,” Roth said he didn’t have enough time to rehearse and decided to skip the ceremony. At a press conference in Los Angeles on August 13, 2007, six months after the initial reunion tour was postponed, Van Halen and Roth eventually confirmed that the tour would resume in September 2007. Eddie Van Halen said at the time that he and Roth were now “like brothers.” Both Van Halen and Roth described Van Halen as a “genuine band,” and both mentioned the prospect of more globe touring and a new record in the future.
Van Halen stated on June 5, 2008 that their 2007–2008 tour with Roth had grossed more than $93 million, a new high for the rock band. Van Halen performed 74 arena gigs around the United States and Canada, commencing September 27, 2007, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ending June 3, 2008, in Quebec City, Quebec, to commemorate the city’s 400th anniversary.
Van Halen and Roth announced a 2012 tour in December 2011. A Different Kind of Truth, the new Van Halen album headlined by Roth, was released on February 7, 2012, and a tour followed later that month.
Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, recorded in June 2013 during the A Different Kind of Truth Tour, was released in March 2015. In the same month, the band made their debut appearance on American television, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, when they announced a new tour.
Eddie Van Halen died of cancer on October 6, 2020, and Van Halen disbanded. David Lee Roth revealed in a phone interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on October 1, 2021, that he will retire in January 2022, following the conclusion of his planned five Las Vegas concerts.