Apparently Van Halen is planning on releasing their first new album in over a decade next year. That is not all though, David Lee Roth, who has not appeared on a full Van Halen album since 1984, is in the studio recording with them. So, in recognition of this fairly exciting development, here are five things you didn’t know about David Lee Roth.
1) The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide Vol 2. described Roth as “the most obnoxious singer in human history, an achievement notable in the face of long tradition and heavy competition.”
2) Roth was ranked by Hit Parader nineteenth on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Singers of All Time.
3) The infamous “Brown M&Ms” clause written into Van Halen’s early contract riders was included in contracts not because of ego, but rather to make sure that structural stage specifications in the contract were read thoroughly and were adequately provided.
4) In January 1991, Roth released A Little Ain’t Enough. The stage show for the accompanying tour featured two devil statues that urinated whiskey at Roth’s audience and a pair of giant inflatable legs positioned “spread-eagle” wearing ripped, fishnet stockings.
5) In April 1993, Roth was arrested in New York City’s Washington Square Park for buying what he described as “$10 worth of Jamaican bunk reefer” from an undercover police officer. The arrest made headlines and became a late-night television punch-line. When asked by Howard Stern whether the bust was a publicity stunt, Roth said, “Howard, in New York City this small of a bust is a $35 traffic citation. It literally says ‘Buick, Chevy, Other’. Your dog poops on the sidewalk, it’s $50. If I was looking for publicity, I would have pooped on the sidewalk.”
You learn something new every day.