Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to Van Halen's David Lee Roth

Diamond David Lee Roth celebrates his 56th birthday today.

Dave has been keeping a low profile since Van Halen’s 2007/08 tour wrapped up. There was a rare DLR sighting last month at a Scottish Gathering And Games in Pleasanton, California (for more details, see “David Lee Roth on new Van Halen music” here).

Rumours continue about a possible new VH album and tour in 2011, fueled by various sources, including Roth, who told a fan at the Scottish gathering, “You’ll be hearing from us in the next 7-8 months.”

Basically, spring 2011.

VH manager (and Live Nation Ticketmaster chairman) Irving Azoff recently commented on the relatively poor health of the current concert industry, suggesting Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, Fleetwood Mac and the cast of Glee as some of the artists that are expected to pack stadium and arenas when they embark on tours next year. VH's 2007/08 tour grossed $93 million for Live Nation.

In honor of Dave’s birthday, here’s some classic footage of the Diamond one in action…

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Bottoms Up!

Selland Arena - Fresno, CA – March 25, 1979

Van Halen – Unchained
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – June, 1981

Van Halen – Romeo Delight
Capital Centre - Largo, MD – October 12, 1982

Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some
Capital Centre - Largo, MD – October 12, 1982