"This must be just like living in paradise!" Many of you rocker out there in rockland
seem to whine about David Lee Roth and the whole Van Halen debacle, but here at
Diamond David is
This page is primarily dedicated to Roth's adventures as
a solo artist, although we will pay some homage to his days in Van Halen.
In fact, at the time of this writing, the reunion between the Van Halen
brothers and David Lee Roth seemed to be off to a more promising start
that in years past. They released their first studio album
together since 1984 in 2012 (A Different Kind of Truth).
David Lee Roth was born in Bloomington, Indiana.
While a teenager, Roth moved to Pasenda, CA. and eventually attended
Pasenda City College, which is where he met the Van Halen brothers.
At the time, Roth had his own band, called "Mammoth", and the Van Halen
brothers had a band called the "Red Ball Jets." After some time,
the Red Ball Jets hired David Lee Roth to sing and it was Roth's idea to
call the band "Van Halen."
In 1985, while still a member of Van Halen, David Lee
Roth released the off-beat album, Crazy from the Heat, which
included songs like "California Girls" and "Just a Gigolo". The
album did well, and it was soon after that Roth departed the band (not
to reunite again until 1996).
With Steve Vai on guitar and Billy Sheehan on bass,
Eat 'em and Smile was released in 1986 and made it all the way to
number 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Their second release,
Skyscraper, also charted (number 6) with the great song "Just Like
Paradise". After this album, both Steve Vai (went on to Whitesnake)
and Billy Sheehan left the band. Roth picked up guitar veteran
Jason Becker and released A Little Ain't Enough in 1991.
Roth's 1994 release, Your Dirty Little Mouth, was
his first solo effort to not at least hit Gold, and it wasn't long after
that solo days of David Lee Roth came to a close. In 1996, we
received two new songs from Roth during a brief reunion with Van Halen
("Me Wise Magic" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More"), but the next
drought lasted until the release of A Different Kind of Truth in
Some other notable things regarding David Lee Roth:
In the late 1990's, Roth became a Emergency Medical Technical (EMT) and
worked in this capacity for a time; In 1997, Roth wrote a book called
Crazy from the Heat that was on the New York Time Best Seller list;
Roth replaced Howard Stern's syndicated radio show for a time after
Howard went to XM.
At the time of this writing, the David Lee Roth
Discography was as follows:1985: Crazy from the Heat
1986: Eat 'Em and Smile
1986: Sonrisa Salvaje (Spanish version of Eat 'Em and Smile)
1991: A Little Ain't Enough
1994: Your Filthy Little Mouth
1998: DLR Band
2003: Diamond Dave
With Van Halen:1978: Van Halen
1979: Van Halen II
1980: Women and Children First
1981: Fair Warning
1982: Diver Down
2012: A Different Kind of Truth