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    by Published on 01-11-2015 05:18 PM

    Dave played 2 songs last night at the LA Forum at Dave Grohl's 46th Birthday Bash show.

    Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his birthday in true rock star style for a concert featuring several of his musical heroes and peers.

    Playing to a full house of devoted fans, the "friends and family" gig doubled as a benefit, with proceeds from ticket sales earmarked for Musicares and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

    Dave came on towards the end of the show after a roll call of A List rock including Alice Cooper, Zakk Wylde, Perry Farrell and Kiss.

    Grohl explained from the stage he had also reached out to a few stars he didn't already know and announced David Lee Roth who knocked the ball out the park sporting a new look...

    by Published on 01-03-2015 06:37 AM

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    by Published on 10-30-2014 12:05 PM

    John 5 has 12 songs in the can with Dave

    Guitarist John 5(who appeared on the DLR Band album as John Lowery) was on the podcast of portly Sammy Hagar fanboy Eddie Trunk last week and mentioned again the recordings he has done with Dave.


    ET: How do you get on the DLR Band record?

    J5:We did that record so quickly!

    Talk about luck. I was sitting at my friend Roger Carter's house who plays drums on my new instrumental record and I looked at his books and there was Crazy From The Heat, Daves book. I thought, 'I wonder what Dave's doing?'. At the time I was sleeping on someones couch and doing nothing apart from playing guitar. I thought ok I'm going to call Dave's management and ask if he's looking for any songs and say that my name is John Lowery and they said 'Sure you can send some'.

    So I went into the studio and did my best work and they really liked it. They kept asking for more and more and more music but I couldn't afford[to record] it so they said ok go to Dave's house and this was insane because even back then a lot of people don't get to meet David Lee Roth. You don't see Dave out he was just untouchable. So I went to his huge house where Van Halen rehearsed when they were kids, and they did all those photo sessions and Pretty Woman video and I knew all this stuff and there's the house and I rang the door buzzer and he let me in and there he was.
    He just said 'I want to make a record' and that's how it all came about and it was really luck.

    We have stayed friends for this whole time and whenever I'm in town and he's in town he invites me over and says let's write some songs and we have a collection of a bunch of new songs that we wrote over time just going to his house and having burritos and stuff like that and we have twelve or something songs. Maybe it will see the light of day, maybe I'll come on your show and play it over the air but it's really great stuff.

    ET: So you have a record essentially in the can with him?

    J5:Yes but we just do it for fun you know, but we'll go into Henson studios, A&M, big studios and record these professionally and Gregg Bissonette is playing drums on stuff, it's great great stuff. I'll come in one time when I'm in New York and play you a couple of songs, I'll check with Dave first of course.

    ET: Yeah I'm sure you should but do you have any idea what that camp is doing?

    J5:I don't but whatever they're doing, hopefully they are writing a new record or something like that and I know it's going to be slammin man and I really loved the last record.

    ET: I did too

    J5:I thought it was incredible and I know whatever they do they will hit a home run.

    ET: Give me your favorite story working with Roth if you can share a classic Roth story

    J5: We were doing a photo shoot, and you know I loved Van Halen back in the day, and he would do these photo shoots and he would have the little people around and the two girl bodyguards and all this wacky stuff. This was just at his house, the Panama car was there and we were just doing all these crazy things and it was just incredible because that's how I visualized Dave when I was a kid growing up and when I got my chance to do a photo shoot with him that's exactly what it was. It was just like going to the Wizard of Oz and it was just the exact same as what you had in your head.
    by Published on 09-09-2014 12:40 PM

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    by Published on 06-11-2014 10:48 PM
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    Lisa Roth on Van Halen, hawking heavy metal CDs for kids and red M&Ms

    The UpTake: Lisa Roth, David Lee Roth's little sister, grew up with the lead singer of Van Halen. But she took her music career in a very different direction — making hard rock and hair bands suitable for children.

    I spent a good 40 minutes on the phone with Lisa Roth recently — and waited a polite 30 before asking the question everyone wants to ask her: What’s it like to be David Lee Roth’s sister?

    She expected it, of course. And she was gracious.
    by Published on 05-14-2014 10:30 PM


    How Van Halen Redefined Hard Rock Before it Even Existed

    By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

    May 14, 2014 1:12 PM

    Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, makes a guest appearance during Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas, on Friday night, July 14, 1984. Van Halen, who is in town for his own concert Saturday night, joins in during Jackson’s hit “Beat It.” (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    In the early-to-mid-1970s, hard rock and heavy metal were still in their gestation periods as sub-genres. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin helped plant the seeds with massive guitar riffs, punishing grooves, and dark subject matter, while the punk movement brought a bold attitude adjustment.

    But even those bands weren’t about fun so much as perilous adventure. Sabbath weaved murky tales of wizards, fairies, and war. Zeppelin peppered lyrics with Lord of the Rings references and indulged in Robert Plant’s fascination with mythology. And the Sex Pistols defied a monarchy and cried for social revolution.

    Then, along came Van Halen. Touting the most influential guitar player of his time in Eddie Van Halen, and a frontman that was equally dynamic on the stage and the microphone in David Lee Roth, they eschewed the hard rock aesthetics conceived by Sabbath and Zeppelin. Not that hard rock was in need of a change – or arguably even existed to that point in time – but Van Halen changed it nonetheless. And they did it with an unprecedented combination of musicianship and showmanship.

    The band’s first headlining tour, which rolled through Boston’s Orpheum Theater on May 14, 1979, was their American introduction and an astonishing kick in the ass to rock and roll that the genre didn’t know it needed.

    Van Halen’s arrival on the rock music scene was “the first real advent of the new face of hard rock,” said Mike Mullaney, music director at our sister station Mix 104.1 and longtime Van Halen devotee. If Sabbath and Zeppelin’s ear-splitting riffs and fantastical images were rough charcoal sketches of hard rock, Van Halen’s electrifying musical energy and fun-loving attitude were vibrant color portraits.

    Mullaney added that Eddie Van Halen’s transcendent guitar work played one of the biggest roles in hard rock’s shift from brooding to lively. Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi wrote (and continue to write) riffs like no other guitarists in history, but Eddie’s blistering chops and sprightly phrasing injected rock guitars with an unexpected shot of adrenaline.
    “Here’s the most important guitar player since Hendrix…Everyone was buzzing about the way he changed how the guitar sounded,” he said about Eddie’s innovative finger-tapping techniques and next-level shredding – in both solos and straight riffs. He displayed an extraordinary combo of dynamic skill and bombast in songs like “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, “Unchained”, and of course, “Eruption”.

    As obviously great as Eddie was, he was still only part of Van Halen’s appeal. Frontman David Lee Roth also took rock vocals to new heights with his wailing five-octave vocal range and dizzying on-stage gymnastics.

    David Lee Roth, lead singer of the rock group Van Halen, sings during a concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 19, 1982. (AP Photo)

    “He is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on.”
    - Mix 104.1 Music Director Mike Mullaney on David Lee Roth’s stage presence with Van Halen.
    Roth and the rest of the band’s relentless exuberance was a direct response to the “corporate rock” of the ’70s that dominated the radio and still gets regular time here on ZLX and on every other classic rock station, like Kansas, Boston, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. While these bands were very talented and had plenty of great songs, they just didn’t have the live energy to match. Even Robert Plant, while an amazing singer, still just kind of stood there and “looked pretty” when he performed.

    Mullaney saw Van Halen for the first time in 1980 on the “Women and Children First” tour, and staggered out of the arena in awe at the band’s live performance. Roth opened the show by leaping spread-eagle off the drum riser, and the energy never let up. Roth held everyone’s attention like a master of ceremonies, nailing all the high notes and kicking and strutting his way across the stage.

    “[Roth] is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on,” said Mullaney. “Every guy wanted to be David Lee Roth and every woman wanted to be with David Lee Roth.”

    Roth and the band’s wild on-stage antics also translated off the stage. Mullaney described their aesthetic as “smiling metal”, focusing more on soaking in the California sunshine, tapping a keg of beer, and getting laid. The “hair metal” craze of the 1980s was a direct result of Van Halen’s striking persona, spawning the likes of Motley Crue and Poison.
    While they also put out a litany of hugely popular hard rock songs and performed with similar fervent intensity on stage, they still came off as imitators of what Van Halen and Roth brought to the scene, starting on their first tours in the late-’70s.

    “These guys [Van Halen] came out and they were fierce and bold,” said Mullaney. “It was incendiary.”