Excerpt from David S. Grant's column (Unauthorized 80's) at SleazeRoxx.com:
Six chart topping albums as one of the biggest bands in the world (Van Halen), a messy break-up, and a rumored reunion? This is a different story. Today, a look at the paramedic, talk-radio host, and one of the biggest personalities from eighties rock and roll. This is the story of David Lee Roth, the solo artist years.
The founder of the 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how good you look' club, solo Diamond Dave begins before his years with Van Halen officially ended, when he released 'Crazy From The Heat'. Most notably the EP contained two covers, "California Girls" and "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody", and both would generate moderate success due to Roth's humorous videos that included Dave in a fat suit, extremely beautiful women, and either monkeys or little people -- or in some cases both.
After the famous split with van Halen Dave teamed up with guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboardist Jesse Harms, and drummer Gregg Bissonette for what would be his first initial solo record, 'Eat'em And Smile'. No one needed a hit more than Diamond Dave, and he didn't disappoint. The lead single "Yankee Rose" was a rocker accompanied by a video with the famous line: "I'll take a glazed doughnut and a bottle of anything -- to go." The videos for "Yankee Rose" and "Goin' Crazy" may be the definitive height of the spandex era thanks to Roth's numerous costume changes, most incorporating spandex with thongs worn on the outside. 'Eat'em And Smile' was a well balanced album with rockers like "Shy Boy" as well as the 'slow it down and show Dave's seductive side' with "Ladies Nite in Buffalo?". There's even a cover of Frank Sinatra's "That's Life", displaying Roth's show biz nature, a side only he has been able to portray without coming off too corny, or cheesy, or both. To top it all off Roth appeared on the very first episode of The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers in October of 1986.
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David S. Grant is the author of several books including Rock Stars (Oak Tree Press), Corporate Porn (Silverthought Press), The Last Breakfast (Brown Paper Publishing), and Happy Hour (SynergEbooks). David lives and works in New York City. For more information go to www.rockstarbooks.net follow David on Twitter: .david_s_grant.