David Lee Roth Launches “The Roth Project” Online Comic Featuring Songs He Co-Wrote With John 5

David Lee Roth (Van Halen) has launched a new online comic called “The Roth Project.” The 17-chapter comic is narrated by the frontman and it features music from John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.), Greg Bissonette, Brett Tuggle, and Luis Conte. Notably, it also features songs Roth co-wrote and recorded with John 5 a number of years ago including: “Giddy Up,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill,” “Alligator Pants,” “Lo-Rez Sunset,” and “Manda Bala.”

Here’s the featured chapters:

01. “How About A Little Fire Scarecrow?”
02. “Meanwhile…”
03. “Nobody’s Dying In My Helecopter Tonight…”
04. “Bad News Waiting To Be Delivered”
05. “Christmas Early”
06. “Pink Mist”
07. “The Missionary’s Daughter”
08. “Bad Mojo Heat And Serve”
09. “No Dude, Seriously, Fuck You”
10. “Tiger Step, Between Walls”
11. “Bohica”
12. “Chaos”
13. “A Secret Empire”
14. “The Dark Ocean Society”
15. “Knock Knock”
16. “All Pastel And Watercolory”
17. “Let’s Talk”

You can stream the full version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill” from the comic below:

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Ray Luzier (Korn) Working On New Book

During an interview with 93.3 WMMR, Korn’s Ray Luzier revealed that he is working on a new book. The effort is being described as a “rock book” and half of it will focus on the drummer’s time with David Lee Roth (Van Halen).

Luzier said the following:

“It’s not about, like, ‘Oh, Mr. Rock Star guy.’ It’s about getting signed, getting dropped, getting this promised this and then me joining national bands. But 50 percent of my book is David Lee Roth, ’cause eight years with that guy, you can’t make that stuff up. And I love him to death — he’s the most amazing, one of the best entertainers ever. But there’s a lot there — there’s a lot of content.

A lot of people don’t realize out there, they think your favorite band, they just think, ‘Oh, they got signed and they’re huge and they’re famous.’ A lot of people don’t have any idea what some of us go through. I did the hard road. October starts my 14th years with KORN, which I’m super stoked to still be in and we’re still around. Fieldy told me we had a year in ’07 when I got the gig. He was, like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got about a year left.’ And here we are, still making music and we’re gonna be touring when this whole virus crap is over.

People have no idea, so that’s why I told myself I’m just gonna put a book together that’s gonna be about the realism of getting promised all this stuff.

Practicing and getting really good at your art is just one part of the whole equation.”

[via Blabbermouth]

KISS Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour With David Lee Roth

KISS have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour with David Lee Roth (Van Halen). The trek is now set to take place in summer/fall 2021.

Tour Dates:

08/18 Mansfield, MA – Great Woods
08/19 Bangor, ME – Waterfront
08/21 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall (no David Lee Roth)
08/22 Hartford, CT – Meadows
08/26 Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank
08/28 Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek
08/29 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood
09/01 Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
09/02 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob
09/04 Tinley Park, IL – The World
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus
09/17 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight
09/18 George, WA – The Gorge
09/21 Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA
09/25 Chula Vista, CA – North Island
09/26 Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky
09/29 Austin, TX – 360
10/01 Ft Worth, TX – Dickies
10/02 Tulsa, OK – BOK
10/05 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast
10/06 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome

Patty Smyth Explains Why She Turned Down An Invitation To Join Van Halen

After David Lee Roth exited Van Halen in 1985, Eddie Van Halen invited Scandal’s Patty Smyth to join the band. However, Smyth ended up declining the invitation. Now, during a recent interview with Stereogum, she revealed that her decision was related to the group’s drinking habits and the fact that she didn’t want to move to Los Angeles.

Smyth said the following:

“They were heavy drinkers. I don’t drink. I never saw myself living in L.A. I was, like, ‘I’m from New York. We don’t move to L.A.’

It’s all semantics because if [Eddie] had said to me, ‘Let’s make a record,’ then I would have said yes to that. But joining the band — to me then, ‘Oh god, they fight all the time, him and his brother, and I don’t want to get into a volatile situation.’ And I was probably heavily hormoned out because I was eight months pregnant, so there was a state of mind that I was in of how I need to take care of myself. But I regretted turning him down. For a long time, I regretted it. When you start to have regrets, I was, like, ‘Oh, man. I would’ve made so much money.'”

She continued after being asked if her negative experiences in Scandal influenced her decision:

“Yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. I’m sure. And also just the fact that it was, like, ‘I’m going to have to move to L.A.’ I should have just had the conversation [with Eddie]. It was such a weird conversation. But if he had said to me, ‘Look, just come out for a few months and make a record. Have the baby, come out and let’s make a record.’ That to me would’ve been more doable.

And I never said anything about it for years. I got a call from Ed, and he was, like, ‘Look, I’m not saying that I asked you to join because I don’t want Sammy Hagar to look like [he was] second choice,’ and I was, like, ‘Okay.’ So I never spoke about it after that. I’m, like, all right I don’t need to tell people. If someone asked me, I didn’t lie but I didn’t really talk about it that much.”

Wolfgang Van Halen Says It’s Not Up To David Lee Roth To Decide If Eddie Van Halen Will Tour Again

As previously reported, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recently said that he doesn’t know if Eddie Van Halen will ever tour again. The guitarist is rumored to be battling throat cancer and Roth said he doubts that he will want to “rally for the rigors of the road.” However, after the story was posted on Loudwire‘s Instagram account, Eddie’s son, Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, offered the following comment: “Yeah I don’t really think that’s up for him to decide.” So at this point, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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David Lee Roth Says He Is Unsure If Eddie Van Halen Will Ever Tour Again

During an interview with The New York Times, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth said he doesn’t know if Eddie Van Halen will tour again. The guitarist is rumored to be battling throat cancer and Roth says he is unsure if he will ever want to “rally for the rigors of the road.” Here’s Roth’s full statement:

“I don’t know that Eddie is ever really going to rally for the rigors of the road again. I don’t even want to say I’ve waited — I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual — you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it. He’s a band mate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.”

David Lee Roth Postpones Remaining Las Vegas Residency Dates

David Lee Roth (Van Halen) has postponed his remaining Las Vegas residency dates at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino due to the coronavirus pandemic. The singer tweeted the following:

David Lee Roth Claims Eddie Van Halen Is “Not Doing Well”

Eddie Van Halen has reportedly been battling throat cancer and David Lee Roth has since told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the guitarist is “not doing well.” The singer made the comment while discussing his decision to relaunch his solo career:

“Ed’s not doing well, and singing and dancing is a perishable skill. If you have the capacity, it’s something that has to be used routinely, if not for the thrill of it and the magic of creating with other incandescent spirits.”

David Lee Roth Added To KISS’ 2020 North American Tour

David Lee Roth (Van Halen) has been confirmed as the opening act on the 2020 North American leg of KISS’ “End Of The Road” tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

Feb. 01 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
Feb. 04 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Feb. 05 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Feb. 07 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
Feb. 08 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Feb. 11 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 13 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Feb. 15 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
Feb. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 18 – Springfield, MO – JQH Arena
Feb. 19 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
Feb. 21 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
Feb. 22 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
Feb. 24 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Feb. 25 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Feb. 29 – Laughlin, NV – Laughlin Event Center
Mar. 02 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Area (formerly Rabobank Arena)
Mar. 04 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Mar. 06 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Mar. 09 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
Mar. 10 – Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena
Mar. 12 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Mar. 14 – Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Cajundome
Mar. 15 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Aug. 28 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Aug. 29 – Atlantic City, NJ – Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 31 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Sep. 03 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Sep. 04 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Sep. 05 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Sep. 08 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sep. 09 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sep. 11 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 12 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Sep. 14 – Dayton, OH – Wright State University Nutter Center
Sep. 15 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Sep. 19 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sep. 22 – Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
Sep. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep. 27 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Oct. 01 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Oct. 02 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena