David Lee Roth: I "structured" the guitar solos on Van Halen’s debut album - and EVH's guitar stripes were my idea

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File this under You Learn Something New Every Day: In a recent interview with Missouri radio station KSHE 95 to promote his upcoming Las Vegas residency, David Lee Roth was asked about performing Van Halen songs as a solo act, and in particular whether he seeks permission from his electric guitar foil, Eddie Van Halen, and the rest of the band when adding the classic tunes into his sets.

Now, let’s stop here to acknowledge that, in addition to being one of the most mesmerizing frontmen in rock history, Diamond Dave is also an unparalleled interviewee, capable of holding court on the most mundane of topics in a manner that is endlessly entertaining.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.