Here's the script for the batshit unmade film that David Lee Roth left Van Halen to make

In 1985, the rock world was torn asunder when David Lee Roth stepped down and/or was fired from being the lead singer of Van Halen. While the reasons for the breakup and the ensuing drama that played out over the years would be widely discussed, there’s one aspect of the whole ordeal that people seem to forget: Namely,…

Meet the new boss: 18 albums in which classic rockers embraced synthesizers

The recent PBS docuseries Soundbreaking is a must-see for any music buff, primarily because of the way it challenges conventional notions of “authenticity” when it comes to pop, rock, folk, and R&B. The whole process of recording and distributing songs is inherently artificial, requiring machines and electronics to…

David Lee Roth’s insane video must be seen to be zippity-bippity-believed

For more than four decades now, David Lee Roth has been presenting himself as not just a rock star but a cartoonish approximation of a rock star, a vainglorious jester leaping around the stage, doing acrobatic high kicks as he shout-sings his way through testosterone-driven songs about sex and muscle cars, all at top…

Natalie Morales is taking The Grinder’s cancellation so well, honestly

Of all the cancellations that arrived at the end of the 2015-16 television season, few were sadder or less deserved than the premature death of Fox’s freshman legal sitcom The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. As it turned out, the show’s seemingly invincible title character was unable defend himself against…

19 bands that have plowed through 3 or more frontmen without a name change

Prior to the mighty Bon Scott joining AC/DC, the Aussie rockers were fronted by Dave Evans for roughly 10 months, before he parted ways with the band. (Depending on who you ask, he was booted due to “jealousy” or disagreements with others in the camp.) Scott guided AC/DC to rock’s upper echelons before dying after a…

The least essential albums of 2015

Each and every year, The A.V. Club scours our inboxes—both real and web-based—in an attempt to find that year’s least essential albums. These might not be the worst records of the year, but they’re the dumbest, marking not only the decline of the music industry but of civilized society in general. Don’t say we didn’t…

Now you can sing “Panama” better than David Lee Roth in Rock Band 4

Perhaps you’ve noticed a dearth of Facebook pics featuring a bunch of dorks making their best “rock star” faces while playing video games lately. Well, Harmonix is looking to change that: Rock Band 4 is launching this fall, with Van Halen’s Diamond Dave, Eddie, and Alex are along for the ride. (We assume that Eddie…

What non-Christmas music do you associate with the holidays?

This week’s question is from reader David Dalrymple:
What non-Christmas music do you associate with the holidays? It could be as simple as a song you first discovered around Christmastime, or from a CD that was under the tree. Or it could be a song with a theme you associate with the holidays: coming home, childhood,…