Sunday, September 9, 2018

VIDEO: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth performs at private benefit show

David Lee Roth and band - Sep 7, 2018
Photo courtesy of guitarist Toshinari Yanagi

David Lee Roth performed at a benefit for the Brent Shapiro Foundation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on September 7.

The Van Halen frontman – who appeared at last year’s “Summer Spectacular Under The Stars” – returned for the 2018 event, where he was once again backed by members of Jimmy Kimmel’s house band, Cleto And The Cletones.

“We played with DLR again last night,” posted guitarist Toshinari Yanagi alongside a photo of the lineup (above). “What a blast !!”

Hosted by actor Mario Lopez, the invite-only evening raised funds for drug awareness and prevention programs by the Brent Shapiro Foundation.

The 2018 event bestowed the foundation's Spirit Of Sobriety Award upon Emmy-winning actor, producer and director Joe Manganiello; the award is given to an individual who is open about their own recovery or that of a friend or family member.

The evening also saw the Foundation present college scholarships to two members of its Brent's Club for successfully completing high school without failing a drug test; the program works in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club Of America to provide incentives for kids to abstain from drugs.

Launched by Robert and Linell Shapiro, the organization is named in honor of their late son, who battled with alcohol and drugs on and off throughout his short life before passing away after a night of substance abuse at the age of 24.

To learn more about the Foundation and/.or to donate, visit

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the self-titled debut record by Van Halen; the group have not revealed any information regarding new music or delivered any live performances since 2015.

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