David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, author, artist, and former radio personality. He is best known as the lead singer of hard rock band Van Halen across three stints, from 1974 to 1985, in 1996, and again from 2006 to their disbandment in 2020. He was also known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums.
About David Lee Roth in brief
David Lee Roth is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, author, artist, and former radio personality. He is best known for his wild, energetic stage persona, and as the lead singer of hard rock band Van Halen across three stints, from 1974 to 1985, in 1996, and again from 2006 to their disbandment in 2020. He was also known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums. Roth was born in Bloomington, Indiana, to an ophthalmologist, Nathan Lee, and a teacher, Sibyl Roth. He has two sisters, one of whom is Lisa Roth, creator of the Rockabye Baby lullaby music series. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halens. In a 2019 interview with Q95’s \”Stuck and Gunner\” he explained: “It’s in the sense of humor, the ‘get it done’ and how we do get it done approach work ethic of van Halen, frankly. It’s a Midwest approach, not some flakey Hollywood horse manure” He is often credited with returning to the road to tour immediately after the release of his comeback album, A Different Kind of Truth, in 2012. The album reached number 19 on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold more than 12 million copies by 2014, certified Diamond by the RIAa. Roth is married to former U.S. tennis player and Olympic gold medalist Martina Navratilova.
The couple have two children, a son, a daughter and a son-in-law. They have a son and a daughter, both of whom live in New Castle, Indiana. The family is of Jewish heritage. In his late teens, Roth was singing solo, as well as with an R&B tinged rock group called the Red Ball Jets. In 1974, Mammoth officially changed its name to VanHalen. According to Roth, this was his brainchild. He felt it was a title that held long term identity, aesthetic and marketing advantages, like Santana. The band gained success in the Pasedena, West Hollywood and Los Angeles areas, becoming a regular feature on Sunset Strip clubs, like Gazzarri’s, Myron’s, Whiskey A Go-Go and the Starwood Club. They toured for 3 months at the bottom of the bill supporting Journey and the now flailing Montrose, then another 9 months opening for hard rock icons Black Sabbath on every night on the show. In 1979, the band earned the band significant national attention and airplay on the radio. In early 1977, during their four-month stint at The Starwood, Mo Ostin and producer Ted Templeman signed them to an inauspicious two-album contract, one that heavily favored Warner Bros. and offering but a. 70 per unit royalty. A rate manager Noel Monk, then an equal partner in band revenue, would cleverly renegotiate for double in 1979.