David Lee Roth
A product of the LA Rock Scene of the '70s, DLR's first notable project is also his most famous. After weeks of renting his PA system out to the Van Halen boys Edward and Alex during 1974, Roth came under the employment of the up-and-coming hard rock band, then named Rat Salade after a dark song inspiring Ed and Al. Touring the LA Scene, including such places as The Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Van Halen cropped up a following, including many, many women due to Roth's antics and sex appeal. In 1979, Roth forefronted the band to it's famous first Self-Titled album. Rolling on the steam of the release, in the next four years, produced the albums Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and 1984. With the hit of Van Halen's first number one hit Jump, as well as the famous Hot For Teacher and Panama and Van Halen's million dollar gig of the US Festival in 1982, Roth was high upon the wave of fame. It was during the impending tour of the album 1984 that Roth and the band came at odds. Depending on the account, Roth was either fired or quit the band in April of '85.
Roth, however, was indeterred. Compiling a new band consisting of guitarist Steve Vai, bass player Billy Sheehan, and drummer Greg Bissonette, Roth created the DLR Band, boosted by former Van Halen producer Ted Templeman. Later translated into Spanish, Roth's "Eat 'em and Smile" rose on hits like Tobacco Road, Goin' Crazy, and Yankee Rose. (The album was named after the slogan from the box for Dave's favorite brand of watermelon. Some believe that the Van Halen album of '86, OU812 was a direct jab at Roth's Eat 'Em And Smile). But the DLR band disbursed and Roth has been without a steady band since, yet he has released a few records to date.
Roth's most recent endevor was his Heavyweights of Rock and Roll tour with Sammy Hagar. Roth's future, however, is shrouded in mystery, as Hagar's recent rejoining with Van Halen casts doubt in the "DLR Army's" hope that David Lee would come back to Van Halen.