Sunday, October 5, 2014

Episode 23: David Lee Roth


Zippity BOP!

Yeah, yeah--I know we haven't done a Van Halen episode of Sunday Night Videos yet, but I've been on a Ray Luzier kick ever since picking up the amazing KXM album earlier this year. Luzeir played drums for David Lee Roth, and was just one of the many amazing musicians Roth surrounded himself with during the golden era of his solo career. Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Jason Becker, James Lomenzo--the list goes on.

Another thing I love about Roth's solo career is that he took his Van Halen theatrics and flair to a new level. Many of his videos featured intro skits that saw him dressed in elaborate costumes and featured well-known character actors.

Roth's showmanship is something we really don't see a lot of anymore in the rock and metal scene. It's sorely missed, and so tonight we are celebrating David Lee Roth with five of his most well-known videos.

Just a Gigolo



Yankee Rose



Goin' Crazy



Just Like Paradise



A Li'l Ain't Enough for Me



BONUS: Back in 2002, David Lee Roth teamed up with the guy who replaced him in Van Halen, Sammy Hagar for the "Heavyweight Champions of Rock" tour. His entire set from the Hartford, CT stop on the tour was recorded, and you can watch it right here. The video quality isn't great, but the sound is just fine.




I'll be back in two weeks at 6:30PM EST on Twitter (twitter.com/seebrianwrite) for another episode of Sunday Night Videos. You can also come back here to the blog for the episode notes, which will go up shortly after 8PM EST. You can tweet me recommendations or get in on the discussion every Sunday night by using the hashtag #SundayNightVideos. Rock on!

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