David Lee Roth has just dropped a new track, called “Giddy Up.” Blabbermouth reported the song was one of five included in “Diamond” Dave’s 2020 online comic, The Roth Project, and is one that the Van Halen co-founder co-wrote and recorded with guitarist John 5 at L.A.’s Henson Recording Studios a few years back.
Also featured backing Roth on the tune are original David Lee Roth Band drummer Greg Bissonette, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, Luis Conte on percussion, with John 5 also handling bass duties. There’s been no word as to whether fans should expect “Giddy Up” to be the teaser for a new album.
Greg Renoff, author of the recently acclaimed Van Halen biography, Van Halen Rising: How A Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, explained that what David Lee Roth lacked in vocal prowess was covered by his passion and total dedication to delivering onstage: “One of the people I talked to was the bass player in Red Ball Jet — that was the band Dave formed after the Van Halen brothers turned him down the first time. He said from the first time he saw Dave — so this is even before Red Ball Jet — he said he saw him play in a park, on the same bill. These are like high school kids, everybody else is kinda swaying to the music while they play — y’know, Dave goes out there, he’s got, like the Mick Jagger rooster tail going out of the back of his jeans and he’s, like, y’know, grinding and doing these things and everybody’s, like ‘We were just having lunch with you in the cafeteria six hours ago — what are you doing, man?!’ Like, y’know? But that was who he was. He was entrainment first all the time from the get-go. No. It’s about the show. It’s about being an entertainer.”
There’s no word on any forthcoming DLR live dates. Back in March 2020, due to the pandemic, Roth scrapped the final six shows of his Las Vegas residency.
Roth had been opening for Kiss during their “End Of The Road” tour dates, which were also put on ice at the time.