When 65-year-old “Diamond” David Lee Roth took the stage on the Home of Blues inside Mandalay Bay on Jan. eight to launch his Rocks Vegas residency, it was anybody’s guess what would go down.
The notoriously outspoken rambling rocker is liable to rants, non sequiturs like “my internal little one is Edward James Olmos” and unabashed peacocking, which his followers each love and like to hate. On this realm, he didn’t disappoint. The present was a collection of, “Oh my god, what’s going to occur subsequent,” moments.
See beneath for 4 never-to-be-erased-from-our-memory moments from this gloriously gratifying prepare wreck.
He wears an Elvis wig
Popping on stage in a bedazzled leather-based jacket that resembled one in all Elvis’ well-known jumpsuits was simply the nice and cozy up. Three songs in, throughout Van Halen’s “Unchained,” Roth determined to throw on a pompadour wig and provides a shout out to the King on what would have been his 85th birthday. Solely time will inform if this second will stay a everlasting a part of the present or is simply one of many many “surprises” Roth promised the viewers.
Talking of surprises…
Conveying how a lot he loves spontaneity, Roth informed the viewers that no two reveals of his residency can be the identical. Backing this up, the preliminary setlist, which included “Operating with the Satan” and “Ice Cream Man” was minimize all the way down to a concise 13 songs after the present began. The ultimate present included his personal work like “Simply Like Paradise,” his covers corresponding to “Only a Gigolo” and “California Ladies,” different individuals’s songs like The Kinks “You Actually Bought Me,” and Van Halen hits corresponding to “Bounce” and “Panama.”
He forgot some lyrics onstage
In a single significantly cringey second, Roth forgot the phrases to his cowl of The Seaside Boys’ “California Ladies.” He acknowledged it and all of us moved on, reluctantly. Maybe this fake pas was associated to the truth that he informed the viewers he has been “plant-based since 1970” whereas giving a shout out to Las Vegas’ Costco of weed, the Planet 13 dispensary.
David Lee Roth loves to inform lengthy tales
As an alternative of Rocks Vegas, this residency might simply be renamed “Storytime with DLR.” The set record was punctuated by epic tales of his youth in Detroit and likewise his early days with Van Halen as they hosted unlawful moist T-shirt contests at a Van Nuys Boulevard nightclub. He additionally gave an illustration of the 4 “rocker” walks that each star ought to know together with the Frankenstein, the Curb Step, the Basketball and the Early Launch. All good to know enjoyable information.
The present goes on January 10-11 after which returns March 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28.