David Lee Roth does, in fact, have a solo album coming out soon! Reportedly he has been working on it with guitarist John 5.
John 5, who is currently working with Rob Zombie’s band, has helped out other bands over the years, but he started out with David Lee Roth in 1998 with DLR Band. This is a great musical combo and hopefully they were able to conjure up some of that reunion magic.
John 5 seems to think it’s possible and has a lot of confidence in the project he worked on with David Lee Roth.
“[Dave and I] just made another record, and it’s, like, the ‘California Sessions’, [Dave] was calling it,” John 5 said of his project with David Lee Roth. “And it’s 11 of the greatest songs you’ll ever hear, and it’s just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it’s unbelievable. There’s a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill. And you know, just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it’ll see the light of day. But he’s, of course, busy with Van Halen and all that stuff. But it’s an incredible record.”
“[The new album with David Lee Roth] was made not too long ago – like, probably, maybe, a year and a half ago or something like that,” he continued. “‘Cause I always go over to his house and we write music and things like that. It’s a lot of fun.
John 5 went on to compliment David Lee Roth’s sound, saying it was just like it used to be. He seems to think his sound hasn’t changed much! That’s great news for David Lee Roth fans.
“They’re all original songs. I would just go over to his [David Lee Roth’s] house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios – Henson Studios, it’s called now – and we’d record. And it’s so great. I mean, it sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era, [in terms of his] singing [style], and it’s incredible, man. It’s really incredible. He loves it too, so maybe it’ll see the light of day sometime.”
So, what’s taking so long? I’m not a recording artist, but a year and a half seems like a lot of time between finishing an album and releasing it to the public. Maybe someone can make that part more clear? Perhaps David Lee Roth’s reported work on a project with Van Halen is taking up his time right now.
David Lee Roth is a busy guy these days!
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