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David Lee Roth

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Austin's OBN IIIs Are No Retro-Rock Chumps

    With unlimited sweat, furious finesse and hook-heavy musical manners, Austin's OBN IIIs are the bastard child of Flamin' Groovies and Radio Birdman, just as their latest slab Live in San Francisco documents. Their closest allies in Texas are likely the equally forceful, cunning and haunting Sons of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The AFC

    Recently Vince Neil got approval to start his own Arena Football League franchise in Las Vegas. No word yet on the branding, but we here at Rocks Off are obviously hoping that, like the L.A. KISS, it will be themed around Neil's band Motley Crue. For those not in the know, the L.A. KISS is KISS' ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Seven Bad Singers in Good Bands

    I'm willing to bet you've heard more than one band and thought, "that guy can't sing." Maybe you even liked the music, but the singer was just so awful it ruined it for you. It's not simply the domain of local bands who couldn't find a decent singer off Craigslist either. Some popular bands have sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Open Letter to the Bar Owner Who Wrote the Open Letter to Musicians on Craigslist

    Dear Guy Who Owns a Bar in Tampa and wrote this letter to musicians on Craigslist, I've been playing music for over 25 years. I've worked in a lot of different places from absolute ratholes to really wonderful venues. I've seen all sorts of bad behavior on the part of musicians, fans, sound guys, b ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012

    Radioactive Duo

    Classic-rock station 93.7 The Arrow yanks controversial morning DJs Walton and Johnson off the air.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Biggest Musical Disappointments of 2012

    Everyone's mother once told them, or should have, that life is not always going to be a puppy mill full of unicorns and rainbows. Remember why all those puppies are there. Sometimes life -- and especially pop music -- doesn't turn out like you were expecting, so now we present Rocks Off's Biggest Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    The Voice Is Still Gone: 10 More Singers Who Have Lost It Live

    Per your comments, we here at Rocks Off realized that a whole lot more singers have lost their voices over the years than just Axl Rose and the five included in last week's look at the subject. It's unfortunate, but it seems that many, many pop and rock singers are struggling along in their middle-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions

    Five years ago this week, Led Zeppelin fans young and old squeezed their pants full of lemon juice when the band's three surviving golden gods -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - announced that they'd be reuniting for a one-off concert in London. John Bonham's son Jason would man the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Last Night: Van Halen and Kool & the Gang at Toyota Center

    Van Halen, Kool & the Gang Toyota Center June 24, 2012 We're two songs into last night's sold-out Van Halen show at the Toyota Center when lead singer David Lee Roth spots three comely ladies in the front row of the house with cameras. In the span of three seconds, he turns into the Diamond Dave we ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Great GIFs of Van Halen & David Lee Roth

    Van Halen's first new set of material in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth, is better than it should be. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend -- however tarnished it may be in the eyes of fair-weather fans -- but Truth is no cash-in lightweight or mere excuse to sell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Turn The Radio On: Top 10 Musicians Who Should Be DJs

    A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM. This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth: A Track-By-Track Breakdown

    First off, Van Halen's first album in 14 years, A Different Kind Of Truth is - in the words of my friend Lisa - "better than it should be." And I agree. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend - however possibly tarnished in the eyes of fans - but Truth is no cash-in li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Van Halen Set To Hit Houston's Toyota Center June 24

    blabbermouth.netDavid Lee Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen on Thursday night at NYC's Cafe Wha​Just minutes after pictures from Van Halen's Cafe Wha? club show in New York City hit rock blog Blabbermouth, industry site Pollstar added a June 24 date at the Toyota Center for the band. Kool & The Gang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    10 Lesser Known Pre-Sammy Van Halen Songs to Prepare for the Tour

    When I was a kid, the first record (or cassette in this case) I wore out was the first album from Van Halen. I played the cassette so many times, the tape started squealing. I got another copy and did the same thing. It along with KISS' Alive II re-enforced the hard rock tendencies that simmered ben ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour On Twitter, Official Site

    Here it is folks, your first stirrings of Van Halen's 2012 tour, long rumored, but now a sweet reality. OK, we won't believe it until we have a tour tee in our hands outside Toyota Center and a sweaty, torn ticket stub in our wallet. Late Sunday night on Twitter, David Lee Roth tweeted a Vimeo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Fly To The Angels: A Hair Metal Tribute To Kim Jong-il

    Metal Bad Boy Kim Jong-il ​Kim Jong-il and '80s hair metal were almost synonymous, and last night when the world found out that the North Korean leader passed on to the big rock show in the sky, all I could listen to was hair ballads, driving through the city in tears. Looking at things he wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Baby's Cryin': Rockabye Baby Sends Us Lullaby Renditions of Van Halen

    Yep. ​The folks at Rockabye Baby! remake hard rock from the likes of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Tool, and the Smashing Pumpkins into baby-friendly jams with "soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells," replacing all the things that made those bands perfect for well, making rock and roll babies. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Eat 'Em And Smile: Our Favorite Pictures Of David Lee Roth

    Lemmy, Josh Homme, Keith Richards, Marc Bolan, GG Allin, and Billy Fucking Gibbons - that's just a sampling of the rock stars that Rocks Off wishes he could be. The list goes on and on. Today though is the birthday of a one of the most special rockers to ever high-kick on this mud ball called Earth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Rock Of Ages: Big Hair, Big Fog, Big Cliches

    Ed Note: Rocks Off and our sister blog Art Attack are conducting a "reviewer exchange program" for the '80s musical Rock of Ages. One of our "rock and roll" people will review the show soon, but the visiting team bats first. Dan LippittThe cast of Rock of Ages​The Setup: '80s Sunset Strip roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Sammy Hagar: Red Rocker, Crue-Shaming Sex Machine

    ​Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock By Sammy Hagar with Joel Selvin It Books, 256pp., $26.99 During the tour to support Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar certainly took the record's title to heart. Because just about every night during Eddie's 20-minute guit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    The Aliens Should Have Kept Sammy Hagar

    ​Judging by the headline, you already know where Rocks Off stands when it comes to Van Hagar versus a David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen. We love to hate Sammy Hagar, almost to the point where we actually like him a little bit. We can't even explain that feeling. It's like how when you were yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Multi-Tracks, One By One: An Aural Autopsy

    ​This past weekend Rocks Off hung out with a producer buddy, listening to multitrack recordings of some of the biggest acts in history, including the Beatles, Queen, Beastie Boys, and Van Halen. For someone who spends his entire life trying decipher recorded music as it is released and later p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    ​The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Musicians Who Will Fetch The Least In TwitChange Auction

    ​TwitChange, a charity organization dedicated to helping Haiti led by the only Desperate Housewife who doesn't look at least partially mummified, Eva Longoria, is having an auction that will change the very nature of self-obsession as we know it. Several celebrities have gotten together and ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Bigger Than Jesus: The Best Musician Boasts

    overthinkingit.com​First off, Rocks Off is not including rap and hip-hop artists in this article, because a) we'd be here all damn day; and b) We could write another book about what we don't know about the rap world. So we'll just stick to good old-fashioned rock-star prick-waving. Whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The 11 Stupidest Events from the World of Music, 2009 Edition

    Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Free Tickets for Back In Black and Fan Halen

    Fan Halen We have been given a handful of tickets to tonight's Fan Halen/Back In Black show at the House Of Blues to give away. Hurry up and come grab a few while they last. The Aqua-Net stench isn't too overpowering as of this posting so we should have a few left for you. Come get them at 1621 Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Tonight: Margo & the Nuclear So and So's at the Mink

    Quick, name three musicians or bands from Indiana that do not contain the words "John," "Cougar" or "Mellencamp." Still thinking? Well, that list would include jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, Deniece "Let's Hear It for the Boy" Williams and pop-punk "Boys of Summer" the Ataris. Don't forget that A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Last Night: Van Halen at Toyota Center

    Van Halen Toyota Center January 28, 2008 Better Than: “My fellow Americans, you and I both know the State of the Union is pretty fucked up. Let’s all just listen to Women and Children First.” Download: You do realize this is Van Halen, right? Their fans think “downloading” is something y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Reporter’s Notebook: Random Scrawlings from the Van Halen Show

    Click here for a slideshow Whether for space or continuity considerations, music reviewers usually find that half of what they write down during a concert, or more, winds up on the newspaper equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Sometimes this is for the best, but thanks to the Internet such jotting ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Kid Rock Waffle House Fight

    Few things in life are tantamount to getting into a fist fight at a Waffle House. Maybe crapping your pants at a dollar store, or going to a porn shop with Dad. There’s just an inherent level of class to these situations. Late Saturday night, Kid Rock, the late ‘90s answer to David Lee Roth, g ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Get Lit: Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, by Ian Christe

    Coinciding with the band’s semi-reunion (Sorry, Ed; no matter how good Wolfie is, no Michael Anthony, no reunion), this is the first full-length bio of Van Halen’s brilliant but erratic history. From their origins as a popular southern California cover band and their rise to rock gods in the Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Fair Warning

    Get ready, all you KLOL listeners of yore: David Lee Roth and two generations of Van Halens will be in Houston soon. Monday, Van Halen will hold a press conference to announce tour dates. We can all make a safe bet that Diamond Dave will make at least two tired cracks about Viagra, cocaine and snort ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Honor Bound

    A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Feels Like Old Times

    With Sammy Hagar back on stage, Van Halen trudges on

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    Summer Sundays

    The weekend doesn't end after Saturday night

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    David Lee's Froth

    Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, his rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar, a pending lawsuit and a bunch of other stuff

  • Music

    February 8, 2001

    Kid Stuff

    He's just a bad boy from the burbs who never learned to play well with others

  • Music

    June 24, 1999

    The Reverend Red Rocker

    Platitudes on life, religion and music from the depths of a tequila bottle

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    Steady Eddie

    Decades of torn-up road behind him, Van Halen's guitar god keeps chugging ahead

  • Music

    March 19, 1998
  • Music

    March 23, 1995

    Thriving -- or Simply Surviving?

    After all these years, Alex Van Halen insists his band isn't "D.O.A."

  • Music

    April 14, 1994
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