In the above video, Jimmy Kimmel addresses the viral discussion about why David Lee Roth wore a bandage over the bridge of his nose during Van Halen’s Hollywood Blvd concert Monday night.
During recent Van Halen tours, Roth displays a stunning routine of spinning a chrome microphone stand at insane speed—along with a series of martial arts moves—to the amazement of the crowd. But as fate would have it, Dave injured himself doing this for the very first time—right at the very beginning their major TV appearance!
Kimmel slowed down the video of the concert, showing the exact moment that Dave cut his nose with the mic stand.
At first, Dave attempted to ignore the injury and go on with the show, but, in the fan-filmed video below, you can see that his nose keeps bleeding. Roth told the audience, “Ladies and gentlemen, I cut my nose on the microphone. I apologize,” before he stepped off stage to deal with it. The other band members might not have even noticed the mishap, but blazed on with some impromptu jams until Roth returned a couple minutes later and they restarted their seven-song performance for the 6,000 fans at the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
Kimmel said that their medic was trying to stop the bleeding, as there was a good deal of blood, but David just wanted the guy to put some duct tape on it so he could quickly get back out there. But since the medic had a bandage, they used that. Dave performed the seven classic Van Halen songs as if nothing happened, and then immediately after the show went to the hospital and received 14 stitches.
Watch the live footage in these two segments:
Photo by John Hardin.