Say what you want about the legendary frontman David Lee Roth. Many believe that he can’t sing any more, but he sure is a way out there guy and wants to remains creative. I’m holding hope that Wolfgang Van Halen and Eddie’s drummer brother Alex mine some musical gems out of Eddie’s 5150 studio (we know the music is there!) and at some respectful time in the future and, as the Doobie Brothers would say, let us “Listen to the music!”
In the meantime, we’ve got whatever Sammy Hagar is doing in his various band projects and the industrious, fiercely unusual David Lee Roth.
Roth’s newest creative project is — yes, totally serious — an online comic narrated by him, complete with music featuring music from John 5.
David Lee Roth has launched The Roth Project, a new online comic narrated by the legendary VAN HALEN singer, with music from John 5 on guitar and bass, Greg Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion. The 17-chapter comic also includes five songs Roth co-wrote with John 5 and recorded several years ago at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California: “Giddy Up”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill”, “Alligator Pants”, “Lo-Rez Sunset” and “Manda Bala”.David Lee Roth Launches ‘The Roth Project’ Online Comic Featuring Five Songs Co Written With John 5 – Blabbermouth.net
Within this depth of music and story comes a track called “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar and Grill” dedicated to Eddie Van Halen. It’s a curious track that you can listen to via YouTube:
Hmm, singing is definitely Dave, and the music is … well, this song does kind of grow on me after a few plays. Like what if Judy Garland and David Lee Roth had some fantasy night together and produced this for fun.
I’d rather hear him get back with Steve Vai and do that rock thing, but this is acoustic distraction will have to suffice. Again, even if it’s not your cup of musical tea, it’s great to see creative people doing something creative. We haven’t seen DLR do anything new musically in a while.
There was once a time he was going to make a movie and that fell through. Perhaps this online comic will lead to something in the streaming world? I’d be interested in seeing DLR on some kind of screen — streaming, whatever. What do you think?