David Lee Roth Got Fired From His First Las Vegas Residency
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth made a recent appearance on the PodKats podcast hosted by John “Kats” Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Van Halen frontman is currently in the middle of his Las Vegas Residency which lasts for nine dates. During the interview he revealed how he was supposed to have his first residency in 1995 but was fired from the gig over an inappropriate joke telling Katsilometes:
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“Las Vegas was nowhere near as colorful and modern, sexy, young [then]. It was family-oriented and [a] circus-kind of an approach. Not adult at all. I think I was ahead of myself a little bit of time. In fact, I got fired for making the joke that my girls dancing — I had a couple of Mambo girls, and a couple of the Mambo girls were dancing, and I said, ‘Look at them, ladies and gentlemen — so hot, Michael Jackson would quit the Boy Scouts.’ They literally fired me for that one. I was out in front with a guitar case in one hand and a shopping cart with my costumes and a top hat in the other. I would get memos about the F- bomb or the F- word on stage — material that today gets you hired for ‘Saturday Night Live’ in terms of content. It’s smart smut. What I deal with is sometimes blue, but it’s smart blue. Sexy smart, scary smart.”
Following his residency in Vegas Roth will be joining Kiss from February until October as their supporting act.
David Lee Roth Remembers a Big Change in David Bowie’s LIfe
Van Halen singer David Lee Roth recently appeared on PodKats and told a story about the time David Bowie saw a huge change in his life. This happened before he married his second wife Iman in 1992 and he stated:
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“I knew David Bowie,We shared strong drink on more than several occasions. … I was in a studio in New York, a phone call came through … [and Bowie said,] ’David, I’m kind of in a quandary, and I’m being serious. I’m going to tell you something, and tell me what you think. … I bought furniture.’”
Roth claimed that Bowie’s “life in music was never the same from that point. It changed his life. It was significant. … I’m not being funny – it’s symbolic. He had never put down an anchor – not romantically, not spiritually, not morally or musically, anywhere. Very few people can live like that. There are only three kinds of people: those who stay home, those who leave home and those who go to sea. David had put out to sea as a very young man. When he finally came to shore in New York City and got married, everything he knew ended. I never bought furniture. That’s what you see onstage. I’m not looking for a place to park. I’m driving around.”
Josh Klinghoffer Comments on John Frusciante
Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer recently appeared on Marc Maron’s Podcast and discussed in the most detail so far him leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers last month. It was revealed last week how Klinghoffer was let go.
The guitarist revealed in his chat with Marc Maron:
“It’s absolutely John’s place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them.”
Klinghoffer joined the band and toured with them while Frusciante was still in the band in the late 2000’s and took Frusciante’s spot when he left the group in 2009.
Klinghoffer admitted in the interview that he was surprised when it was announced Frusciante was returning saying it was
“a complete shock, but not surprising,” considering Frusciante had once again started jamming with bassist Flea in recent months
“John and Flea have a musical language. I’ll never be able to contend with the history him and John had,” said Klinghoffer
Klinghoffer also revealed that prior to leaving the group he had stated working on the band’s next album, but nothing had been recorded yet.
Klinghoffer revealed that the timing of Frusciante coming back also made him view things differently saying
“If John coming back had happened five years ago, it would have been hard for me, temporally, to weigh [my contributions] against what they had. Now, after 10 years, two tours, and almost three albums of writing, I’m really proud of what I did with them. I feel like we did create something.”