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The DLR Cast
67 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Episode 71: Dave Releases ”Panama” & Wolfgang Van Halen Rocks The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert
Darren and Steve dive deep into speculation on David Lee Roth releasing a newly-recorded version of "Panama;" Steve's big mea culpa, Wolfgang Van Halen does two Van Halen songs at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert (and is amazing!) and if that was Dave's rationale to releasing a VH song. And will Dave release more from the May 2022 sessions? Or more songs from the sessions with John 5? And is Diamond Dave invited to the next Taylor tribute concert in Los Angeles?
50 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Episode 70: The Latest On Dave, Sammy, Eddie, Alex, Wolfie & Mike
On this edition of "The DLR Cast" -- recorded less than 24 hours before David Le Roth released some new (old) music -- Steve and Darren dig into the latest news related to the members of Van Halen. And believe it or not, almost everyone has made headlines in some form since episode #69 came out!
87 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Episode 69: Banter, Opinions & Speculation + An Interview With Sam Ingraffia
Steve and Darren dissect and discuss a whole bunch o' David Lee Roth and related things: Digging "A Little Ain't Enough," where Dave's new songs won't get played, Gary Cherone's thoughts on a Van Halen tribute show, David Crosby, Ray Luzier, tribute and cover bands, the 2001 Philadelphia Spectrum show, and more. Then, Darren talks with actor and writer Sam Ingraffia! Sam has been in over 100 movies and television shows including "Wall Street," "Used Cars," and recently in the HBO series "Barry." Sam talks about how his career got started, Van Halen, and having lunch with Dave about possibly being in Dave's feature film that wasn't, "Crazy From The Heat."
47 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Episode 68: ”Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”
Another new David Lee Roth song! Darren and Steve banter about the just-released-barely-an-hour-after-the-last-episode-of-this-podcast new DLR song, "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway." The new songs equal half an album! And the videos for that album? Just the one by John 5. Plus, the possible John 5 interview that wasn't...when this song may have been recorded, the lyrics and some other takes on this very cool song. And still more chat about the highly-unlikely Van Halen tribute tour, and some thoughts about brand extension and legacy. "Nothin' but yeah!"
94 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Episode 67: Dave’s Unclaimed Funds, Dave’s Unreleased Songs + Interview With Edgar Winter
Just hours before the release of Diamond Dave's latest song ("Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway"), Darren and Steve connected to talk about the current state of all things of DLR. Darren also talks about Dave's "Unclaimed Funds" and how he tried to be of help. Plus the usual sidebars about classic Dave and what we wish we had answers to in Rothland. Then, Darren speaks with rock icon Edgar Winter. Winter's latest album, "Brother Johnny," is a star-studded tribute to his brother Johnny Winter. Winter worked with Dave in the 1980s and 1990s on various projects, and some questions are asked about that within the interview. Thanks for listening!
70 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Episode 66: DLR’s Cringe-Worthy Quotes, No EVH Tribute + An Interview With Marc LaFrance
Darren and Steve debate Dave's very short response to the recent article at Rolling Stone about Eddie Van Halen, and Wolfgang's recent interview with Rolling Stone. Plus, the tribute concert: The one question that hasn't been asked? Various speculation and information, and...has Dave been recording very recently? Then, Darren speaks with vocalist and musician Marc LaFrance. If that name sounds familiar its because Marc sang background vocals on Dave's "A Little Ain't Enough" album and on a vertiable ton of music by Loverboy, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Cher, Carly Simon, Blue Murder, The Cult, The Scorpions, Poison and more, plus music by Scholastica Books. He has also been part of countless commercials and advertising campaigns! Marc tells why "Dave was amazing to work with" at Little Mountain Studios, Dave's climbing wall there, "wafts of herb" via the Diamond One and other good stuff. For more on all that Marc does, please visit MarcLaFrance.com.
89 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Episode 65: Dave’s New Song ”Painting At The Moon” + Interview With Producer Bob Marlette
Darren and Steve dig into David Lee Roth's newest song, "Painting At The Moon" that just dropped. When was it recorded? Is it from the "album" recorded with John 5? What is he singing about? Plus, additional thoughts, ideas and speculation on the Dave insider news, his supposed retirement, health issues and much more. If the name Bob Marlette sounds familiar is that you probably have an album he's produced, engineered, mixed, played, on or wrote songs for! He's worked with David Lee Roth on the "DLR Band" album, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Rob Halford, Tracy Chapman, Black Sabbath, Seether, Atreyu and so many others. Darren and Bob talk about how he got started in music, his experiences with so many artists, songrwriting and, of course, working with Dave and John 5 on the "DLR Band" sessions.
69 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
Episode 64: Insiders, Emails & Texts, Oh My! (Dave, Eddie & More)
This week, Darren and Steve dig deep into two big stories and David Lee Roth and Van Halen news. Starting first with the great (transcribed) interview a Van Halen-themed podcast did with a VH insider -- and that person had a LOT to talk about! Alongside that, there's the recent story of the former music journalist who befriended Eddie Van Halen via email, and EVH sure told him a lot over nearly five years! SO much to unpack from both those stories: Eddie's relationship with Dave, the reunion, the end, Dave's health, unreleased music in...Dave's basement (?!), the "kitchen sink tour" and much more. Also, how that all ties in the recently-leaked Van Halen reunion from Eddie Trunk.
45 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Episode 63: R.I.P. Brett Tuggle + Interview With Gary Marino
At the top, Darren and Steve discuss the death of keyboardist/musician Brett Tuggle. Brett played with Dave on the Eat 'Em & Smile tour, played on and co-wrote three songs (including "Just Like Paradise") on Skyscraper, toured with Dave for Your Filthy Little Mouth and (possibly) helped out putting together Dave's 2019 band. Brett was also in Fleetwood Mac for 20 years, played with Lindsey Buckingham solo and also played with a slew of others, including Jimmy Page, Rick Springfield, David Coverdale, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Plus, Remember when DLR replaced Howard Stern? This week's interview is with a guy who helped get Dave ready for that gig, Gary Marino. Gary is a Boston-area native who has spent time with David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. He's a jack-of-all-fun trades: tours all over New England with the comedy and rock & roll band World Gone Crazy, is the founder and producer of Cape Cod Comedy Fest, a producer, writer, director and DJ. He's got great stories of spending time with all of Van Halen's lead singers, thoughts on Dave's time on the radio, DLR's solo albums and much more! You can find Gary Marino on Facebook and at MarioCreative.com and see World Gone Crazy throughout Maine and Massachusetts this summer.
44 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Episode 62: Is David Lee Roth Coming Back?
Darren and Steve speculate on Dave's recent trip to Mexico, thanks to a video from an intrepid Fox reporter at Los Angeles International Airport. Was it a private gig? Is Dave coming back? Did he really retire? Plus, Darren re-reads "Crazy From The Heat" and a lot of mystery leads to a lot unknown.
75 minutes | May 23, 2022
Episode 61: More David Lee Roth & Van Halen Tribute Stuff + Interview with Konishiki
Still more speculation on the Van Halen tribute that may or may not have been or may still be, or just may never be at all! How long ago did Joe Satriani, Alex Van Halen, and Dave all speak? And what about Sammy Hagar? Plus, members of Dave's most-recent band have recently been posting on Instagram from Henson Studios...why? Also, the myriad of things Dave turned down through the years and "Dave and confused." This week's interview is with actor, musician, TV host, philanthropist and legendary sumo wrestler Konishiki. He was the first non-Japanese-born wrestler to reach ōzeki, the second-highest possible rank in the sport. During his career he won the top division championship on three occasions and came very close to becoming the first foreign-born grand champion, or yokozuna. If you saw Dave's 2013 short film Tokyo Story, Konishiki played Big Brother. Darren talks with him about that, the WWE, his amazing success in sumo, being born and raised in Hawaii, and much more. And yes, that's him pictured within the artwork of Big Ones by Aerosmith.
71 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Episode 60: Van Halen Tribute News & An Interview With David Lee Roth Guitarist Jake Faun
At the top: Darren and Steve talk about the breaking news about a possible Van Halen tribute tour (or shows) featuring Joe Satriani, Alex Van Halen, Jason Newsted and/or David Lee Roth. How far along did it get? Who else has been mentioned and who hasn't? Plus, Dave's very interesting response to the news. This week's interview is with guitarist Jake Faun. Jake was in Dave's band for the KISS dates in 2020 before COVID-19 put the kibosh on it all. Its a great conversation! Jake talks about getting the gig and talks about learning Van Halen songs, playing with Al Estrada, how long the touring with Dave was supposed to go, meeting Steve Vai backstage in Los Angeles, and more. For more from Jake Faun, follow him on Instagram via @jakefaunmusic.
59 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Episode 59: No News Is Good News (?) & An Interview With Durga McBroom
Darren and Steve talk about how things are quiet with David Lee Roth...the various Van Halen reunion stories and what, if anything, is believable... Alex Van Halen runs the show? How deep does that rabbithole go? This episode, Darren has a great interview with singer Durga McBroom! Durga also appears in Dave's first 3 videos: "California Girls," "Yankee Rose" and "Just A Gigolo." She spoke about how she ended up doing that; why despite being an amazing vocalist she never sang on a DLR record, the perfect woman for Dave, a big mystery solved about the "Yankee Rose" video, Pete Angelus, "...not if you were the last immigrant grocer on earth, honey," some really strange stuff with little people, and much more. Durga McBroom has performed with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Billy Idol, acted in multiple movies, was a founder of the band Blue Pearl, and regularly performs as half of the McBroom Sisters, with her sister Lorelei McBroom.
58 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Episode 58: Darren, Sammy Hagar Live & An Interview With Former DLR Guitarist Frankie Lindia
At the top: Darren is back in Las Vegas -- and sees a terrific and fun Sammy Hagar show. What Van Halen songs did Sammy and band (including Michael Anthony) play? Plus, what we wish David Lee Roth had done in Vegas -- or anywhere, really. Also, Ink The Original is no longer, and Valerie Bertinelli talks about the VH-DLR split. This week's interview is with guitarist, musician and teacher Frankie Lindia. Frankie played with Dave in early 2020 at his Las Vegas residency, and he tells how he got the gig with Dave, hardcore rehearsals, DLR deep cuts, and much more. For more on Frankie, his music, teaching and contact information: FrankieLindia.com.
64 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
Episode 57: Interview With Steve Vai + More DLR Mysteries Discussed
Yes indeed, Darren talks with the one and only Steve Vai. They cover his new album "Inviolate," performing, composing and music theory, staying creative, meeting Joe Satriani, and of course, there's some stuff about David Lee Roth! At the top, Darren and Steve find the Diamond Dave and related news when there isn't much: how many Vegas bands there were, and how many members (!), Sammy Hagar's Las Vegas shows and Michael Anthony signing 2 Dave-era Van Halen songs, and a mystery solved -- why Bart Walsh was blurred out of the "No Holds Bar-B-Que" movie?
101 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
Episode 56: Interview with Marc Elmer (ACE Editor on David Lee Roth’s ”No Holds Bar-B-Que”)
Only one podcast can get so much inside information on David Lee Roth's No Holds Bar-B-Que film! This week, Steve and Darren talk to Marc Elmer, ACE -- editor on that weird, sublime, and fascinating film. Marc tells about the weeks and weeks of work on the video, working closely with Dave, being encouraged to think outside the box, some deep conversations he had with Diamond Dave, a certain pair of socks (!) and MUCH more. You don't want to miss this! At the top, Darren and Steve talk about what was, and who was in, "The DLR Vegas Band," more musical chairs, the 10th anniversary and the recording of the final Van Halen album A Different Kind of Truth, INK the original and more. Plus, a few teasers for upcoming episodes of The DLR Cast! You can find Marc Elmer at marctheeditor.com and he also does voice-over work; find out more at marcelmervoiceovers.com
55 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Episode 55: Interview With Violinist/Musician Melissa Reiner (Part 2)
In this excellent second installment, Darren talks with violinist extraordinare Melissa Reiner. Melissa played on songs heard in the David Lee Roth's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" film, as well as appearing on-camera. Melissa talks reheasing with the band, recording Dave's cover of Electric Light Orchestra's "Shine A Little Love," Van Halen's "Mean Street," being comfortable on-set, and Dave's interest in learning the violin, and what she's up to now! At the top, Darren and Steve talk about nothing going on, Darren discovers more band mysteries: like, there was a different second guitar player on the 2022 dates with KISS? Plus, a revolving door for band members, especially, drummers and a COVID-19 cancellation confirmation! Melissa Reiner is a classicaly-trained violinist with a huge and diverse array of credits, playing with a diverse range of pop and classical artists including Christine Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Belle & Sebastian, The Jonas Brothers, Michael Buble, and, of course, David Lee Roth. Melissa has also performed at the GRAMMY Awards and on numerous TV and film scores. Her first solo album, "Great Love, Constant Thought," was released in 2012 and in 2015 was invited to deliver a talk, "How To Listen Like A Musician," at TEDx London Business School. For more about Melissa, her credits and her music, visit www.melissareiner.com
58 minutes | Jan 29, 2022
Episode 54: Interview With Violinist/Musician Melissa Reiner (Part 1)
This week, in part 1 of a 2-part interview, Darren talks with violinist extraordinare Melissa Reiner. Melissa played on songs heard in the David Lee Roth's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" film, as well as appearing on-camera. There's some great stories about working with Dave, his work ethic, the other musicians she played with on the project, being on the film set, and how she almost got fired from the gig and much more! At the top, Darren and Steve ruminate on what's not happening with Dave and what is with Sammy Hagar. Plus, a review of a recently uploaded Diamond Dave show at YouTube from 1994, featuring 8 songs from the "Your Filthy Little Mouth" album. Plus, a DLR mystery solved...? Melissa Reiner is a classicaly-trained violinist with a huge and diverse array of credits, playing with a diverse range of pop and classical artists including Christine Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Belle & Sebastian, The Jonas Brothers, Michael Buble, and, of course, David Lee Roth. Melissa has also performed at the GRAMMY Awards and on numerous TV and film scores. Her first solo album, "Great Love, Constant Thought," was released in 2012 and in 2015 was invited to deliver a talk, "How To Listen Like A Musician," at TEDx London Business School. For more about Melissa, her credits and her music, visit www.melissareiner.com
60 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Episode 53: A Little Bit More Vegas & An Interview With Dave’s EMT Trainer
This week's guest is awesome: Linda Reissman, who trained David Lee Roth as an Emergency Medical Technician in New York, in the early 2000's. Linda talks about training Dave, his dedication, work ethic, professionalism, and why he wanted to be an EMT. Linda worked for Dave for a bit and was also one of the sidekicks you heard on his short-lived radio morning show. If you were ever curious about Dave's time as an EMT, you have to give this a listen! At the top, Darren and Steve discuss the Las Vegas residency that wasn't, the DLR residency that wasn't back in 2004-05, and Sammy Hagar's upcoming residency at The Strat in Vegas.
32 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Episode 52: No Vegas, Baby! David Lee Roth Cancels Sin City Residency
It's official: Diamond David Lee Roth cancels his entire Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues, due to Covid concerns. Darren and Steve dive into it -- the announcements, how it was all handled, who has COVID and will there ever be another David Lee Roth concert? Plus video mysteries, what might happen next, feeling connected to Sammy Hagar, and more!
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