The Toronto Sun reports David Lee Roth was suffering an allergic reaction to nuts and thankfully was pulled over by Oakland, Ontario police for speeding, getting paramedic assistance for the Van Halen frontman. “We didn’t run anything on it because it’s something we come across everyday,” Const. Larry Plummer of the Brant OPP said in regards to the officers not knowing who Roth was. “We try to protect people’s privacy when it involves personal information.”
Const. Chris Thompson, one of the officers who helped the 53-year-old rocker, admitted he thought there was something different about Diamond Dave. “At the time, I wasn’t star struck,” Thompson said. “I was just trying to help him. The guy stuck out like a sore thumb. He was wearing a little silk scarf and flashy clothing – it’s not something you see in Oakland too often.” Read more.
David Lee Roth received a hug and a kiss from guitar player Eddie Van Halen (!) at the Van Halen Press Conference announcing their reunion and new tour at the Four Season Hotel on Monday (August 13) in Los Angeles, California. Watch footage via CNN.com below. Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage.
Billboard has learned a proposed summer amphitheater tour by a reunited Van Halen that was derailed when guitarist Eddie Van Halen checked into rehab now could be resurrected as a fall arena run. The tour would feature original singer David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang on bass, taking the spot of Michael Anthony. Yahoo.com has since removed the full article.
Van Halen singer David Lee Roth developed a “streamlined” system of “ordering sex at shows” by distributing laminated backstage passes to the security staff – each marked with [the staffer’s] initials,” writes Ian Christe in ‘Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga’, out in August. “Then, from the stage, [Roth would call] out, ‘Blonde, pink top, sector A-4,’ pointing out the girls he wanted to see after the show. Whatever crew member’s name Dave saw flapping around the girl’s neck backstage at the end of the night would get a $100 bonus at breakfast the next morning. As far as intimacy went, it was a little like the invention of the drive-through window at McDonald’s, but the morale of tour staff remained high.” Check out more details from the New York Post.
The Los Angeles Times reports David Lee Roth, Van Halen’s frontman for its first decade, said Thursday he will not attend the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a lavish New York banquet Monday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel because event officials have turned down his repeated overtures to perform. “I don’t make speeches for a living; I sing and dance for my dinner,” Roth said, adding that the decision to skip the event “rips my heart out.” Read more.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that a 40-date Van Halen reunion tour, with David Lee Roth back in the fold after 22 years, is in the works, with a Las Vegas likely at the Palms’ new venue, The Pearl. Read more.
A deal is almost set for David Lee Roth to return to the Van Halen fold for a summer tour of amphitheaters, sources told Billboard.com.
David Lee Roth, looking dapper and well-coifed outside of Marquee on Wednesday night (December 27), told TMZ that he’s excited that Van Halen was nominated for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but wondered whether the band would spontaneously combust if they reunited.
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Former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth was photographed outside the WB11 Morning Show in New York City on Monday (June 12). Check out pictures from RexFeatures.
Rocker turned radio host David Lee Roth fired back at his critics, Opie and Anthony, after his interview on ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto’ earlier this month, visiting with Neil again on Friday (June 16). The former Van Halen frontman legal squabbles over his contract, the latest on hopes for a Van Halen reunion, and getting offers from Sirius and XM.
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