David Lee Roth

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    June 26, 2014

    Six musicians who should have been pro wrestlers

    Did you watch the most recent Wrestlemania? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. This week, I'll ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Riff Raff live is good, but not nearly as good as Riff Raff on the Internet

    I drove all the way to Colorado Springs once because I heard a Myspace scene queen was going to be at a house party I was invited to. I wanted to see if she was real. She was. Seeing Riff Raff at the Bluebird last night felt similar; I went to see if Jody Highroller was real. When you observe and ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Marijuana: Buying pot at Civic Center Park in 2004 -- and at the end of 2013

    When I first moved to Denver in 2004, I had a very difficult time locating pot. I spent a lot of time at galleries, concert venues and taverns like Gabors and Bar Bar, asking everyone I met where I could find "some grass" (as an ignorant farmboy, I still spoke like a hippie from Dragnet), and gettin ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    The worst rock/pop lyrics of all time: 20-11

    Join us as we go further down the rabbit hole of cringe-worthy rock lyrics, making our way through an underselling David Lee Roth, a culture war waged by Avril Lavigne, a melodramatic suicide note from Blink 182, some lumpy Black Eyed Peas and Chinese food that makes LFO sick, while Bob Dylan and th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    ELECTRIC SIX @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 2/19/13 Electric Six has been bringing the party to the unwary for a decade. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth-esque bravado with surreal barrages of i ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    The twenty best concert quotes of 2012

    We go to concerts for the music, but the best moments are often unrehearsed. For some bands, a show is just a series of songs -- the moments between, nothing but time to be killed until the music begins again. But we don't go to concerts to kill time-- and, truly, we don't go to hear songs, either, ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Stuart Davis

    Music for Mortals

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    May 25, 2012

    Van Halen at the Pepsi Center, 5/24/12

    VAN HALEN @ PEPSI CENTER | 5/24/12 Evidently, 1982 was a very good year for David Lee Roth. "You're taking pictures here tonight, hot stuff?" the Van Halen frontman asked a woman in the front row in the middle of "Panama." "What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Van Halen

    Thursday, May 24, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

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    May 22, 2012

    Kool and the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell on the unlikely pairing of touring with Van Halen

    This Thursday, May 24, Kool & the Gang is due at the Pepsi Center with Van Halen. While this might seem like an unlikely pairing, the legendary funk/R&B act opening for the equally iconic rock band, Robert "Kool" Bell, Kool & the Gang's founding member, tells us it's working out great. We recently s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2012

    Review: Say Anything at Summit Music Hall, 3/30/12

    SAY ANYTHING @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 3/30/12Freddie Mercury be damned. Say Anything frontman Max Bemis's performance last night at the Summit Music Hall resembled more than a tribute to Queen's lead singer; it was a show of peacockery that successfully encapsulated the evening's restless atmosphere. B ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Van Halen video: David Lee Roth interviews Eddie and Alex Van Halen

    Here's something odd: After all of these years of being Van Halen fans, this is the first time we can remember hearing Eddie Van Halen's voice. It sounds quite a bit different from how we imagined. Same goes for his brother, Alex Van Halen, for that matter. Guess the pair let the music do the talkin ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Van Halen announces tour with David Lee Roth

    After 35 years with Warner Bros., Van Halen signed a deal with Interscope last month, and rumors spread that the band -- with David Lee Roth back on board -- had a new album nearly in the can and a tour in the works. Now one of those rumors can be squashed, as the band just announced a 2012 tour wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Awesome People Hanging Out Together is awesome

    Oh yeah, that's Madonna, Sting and Tupac​We are flashed hundreds of images of celebrities doing regular stuff everyday via tabloids and television -- they get caught buying groceries, going to Starbucks and fighting inappropriately with their significant others in public. But who cares if they ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Courtney Bowles, teacher who got naked with student, cops a plea: No jail time possible?

    Big pics below.​Courtney Bowles, a former teacher at Mountain View High School, got national exposure for exposing herself, in a manner of speaking. She was caught having sex with a student in a car, setting off a web frenzy spurred by her comely photos and hot-for-teacher fantasies of the sor ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    What's your dream Mile High Music Festival lineup? Here's ours.

    Cypress Hill getting lifted at last year's MHMF. You'll think we're just as high when you see our list.​Okay so by now you've had a chance to absorb the deflating news that the Mile High Music Festival is being put on ice this year, and you've even offered up with some suggestions of how to ma ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Q&A with Dick Valentine of Electric Six

    ​Electric Six have been bringing the party to the unwary for six albums in as many years, starting with 2003's Fire and leading up to the brand-new Kill. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    DNC vs. RNC: Denver's stars kicked ass, St. Paul's not so much

    Frankly, I would have preferred David Lee Roth. Lucky thing for the Republicans that Sarah Palin became a media sensation during her Republican National Convention spotlight address. After all, John McCain proved with his acceptance remarks last night that he's not among the country's most scintil ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    Bandicoots: An Excerpt from Elaine's Book

    In the spirit of collaboration - and to further prove the IQs in the band - this week, I've opted to devote this space to my drummer Elaine Acosta. The following is a chapter from her forthcoming book, Holy Sweet Goddamn: The Memoirs of An Aspiring Rock Star and Psychiatric Nurse/Patient. It's brill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Vintage Q&A With David Lee Roth

    Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Van Halen

    The VH saga continues. Welcome to Chapter IV, the Peppermint Patty years.

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    December 26, 2007

    Best 2007 - Los Angeles: Margaret Cho's Sensuous Sides

    As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Margaret Cho has had her own TV show, a couple of best-selling books, a Grammy-nomi ... More >>

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    November 19, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Q&A With Slash From Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses

    Had ax-expert Saul Hudson chosen to perform under his given name, he might never have succeeded in the music business, let alone made it to the cover of the forthcoming video game “Guitar Hero III.” Lucky thing he changed his moniker to Slash. During the Q&A below, which formed the basis of the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    The Mooney Suzuki

    Have Mercy
    Elixia Records

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    May 31, 2007

    The Sounds of Summer

    Tunes that take us back to those lazy, hazy days.

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    May 10, 2007

    Clowning Around

    ICP makes sure the Juggalos get their Fillmore.

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    On the Download

    Free music, yours for the taking.

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    January 25, 2007

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.

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    December 18, 2006
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    December 8, 2005

    Dandy Man

    The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor wanders through celebreality.

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    May 19, 2005


    Friday, May 20, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    April 21, 2005


    Friday, April 22, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Westword Music Showcase 2004

    Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Nobody in particular knows the trouble these guys have seen.

  • Summer Guide

    June 12, 2003

    Festival Fun

    The hills are alive with the sound of music. Ever wonder why?

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong.

  • Film

    September 19, 2002

    Rye Commentary

    Igby shows, once again, that money can't buy happiness.

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Heavy Mettle

    Harlan Hendrickson wants to prove that '80s rock and roll is not noise pollution.

  • Music

    September 2, 1999


    Return of the grievous angel--a tribute to Gram Parsons, The Road Kings, Paul Westerberg

  • Music

    July 1, 1999

    Songs of the Century

    Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Walkin' the Walk

    The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs want to take you to Detroit Rock City.

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    July 23, 1998
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    May 21, 1998

    Jim Dandy to the Rescue

    The Southern-rock wildman on sex, politics and firing one up with the president.

  • Music

    April 30, 1998
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    August 28, 1997

    It Was All Eddie's Fault

    Just try to stop Sammy Hagar from telling how Van Halen did him wrong.

  • Music

    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.