David Lee Roth
David Lee Rothwas born on October 10, 1953 in Bloomington, Indiana. He is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, , actor, author, and former radio performer. He is best known for his work with the Van Halen band. David moved to Pasadena, California while still in his teens and got his education in Claremont and Pasadena, California. He attended Pasadena City College for a while but did not graduate. In the 1970's, David was the lead singer for the Van Halen Band. The group released their debut album in the 1970's and they quickly rose to fame. They played hard rock music. They were credited as establishing Los Angeles as the pop musicís unofficial capitol during the 1980's and early 1990's. Between 1979 and 1984 the group released 5 more albums. They were Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and 1984. Every one of them was successful. In 1983 Van Halen was paid one million dollars to play one set at the U. S. Festival in California. This made them one of the two highest paid bands in history. The bandís first number one Billboard hit single, Jump, was released in 1984.In 1985 Roth released a solo EP and the singles were Just a Gigolo/I Ainít Got Nobody, and California Girls, were largely successful. The group were having problems and tension was mounting at this time.
In 1985 David decided to leave the group and formed a band of his own. They consisted of David, Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, and Greg Bissonette. He later hired producer, Ted Templeman, to produce the bandís debut album. Ted was the producer for Van Halen group. There were many albums and singles that followed in the coming years. David was arrested in New York City in 1993 for having drugs on his person. For this he got what was equivalent to a $35 traffic citation. The arrest was treated as a big joke by many.
In June of 1996, David reunited with Van Halen for a short time. He recorder two new songs and then was replaced with Gary Cherone who was a previous member of the Extreme band. In 1997 David wrote a memoir called, Crazy From the Heat. The book contains 359 pages and was transcribed by a Harvard University graduate student who had followed Roth around for almost a year. The book originally contained 1,200 pages but was cut down somewhat. On August 7, 2007, Van Halen and David Roth announced that they would begin touring again and have it scheduled for October 2007. Roth says they also have an announcement to make. Guess we will find out what that is when the time comes.
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