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At the top, Darren and Steve discuss the death of keyboardist/musician Brett Tuggle. Brett played with Dave on the Eat 'Em & Smile tour, played on and co-wrote three songs (including "Just Like Paradise") on Skyscraper, toured with Dave for Your Filthy Little Mouth and (possibly) helped out putting together Dave's 2019 band. Brett was also in Fleet…
 
Still more speculation on the Van Halen tribute that may or may not have been or may still be, or just may never be at all! How long ago did Joe Satriani, Alex Van Halen, and Dave all speak? And what about Sammy Hagar? Plus, members of Dave's most-recent band have recently been posting on Instagram from Henson Studios...why? Also, the myriad of thi…
 
At the top: Darren and Steve talk about the breaking news about a possible Van Halen tribute tour (or shows) featuring Joe Satriani, Alex Van Halen, Jason Newsted and/or David Lee Roth. How far along did it get? Who else has been mentioned and who hasn't? Plus, Dave's very interesting response to the news. This week's interview is with guitarist Ja…
 
Darren and Steve talk about how things are quiet with David Lee Roth...the various Van Halen reunion stories and what, if anything, is believable... Alex Van Halen runs the show? How deep does that rabbithole go? This episode, Darren has a great interview with singer Durga McBroom! Durga also appears in Dave's first 3 videos: "California Girls," "Y…
 
At the top: Darren is back in Las Vegas -- and sees a terrific and fun Sammy Hagar show. What Van Halen songs did Sammy and band (including Michael Anthony) play? Plus, what we wish David Lee Roth had done in Vegas -- or anywhere, really. Also, Ink The Original is no longer, and Valerie Bertinelli talks about the VH-DLR split. This week's interview…
 
Yes indeed, Darren talks with the one and only Steve Vai. They cover his new album "Inviolate," performing, composing and music theory, staying creative, meeting Joe Satriani, and of course, there's some stuff about David Lee Roth! At the top, Darren and Steve find the Diamond Dave and related news when there isn't much: how many Vegas bands there …
 
Only one podcast can get so much inside information on David Lee Roth's No Holds Bar-B-Que film! This week, Steve and Darren talk to Marc Elmer, ACE -- editor on that weird, sublime, and fascinating film. Marc tells about the weeks and weeks of work on the video, working closely with Dave, being encouraged to think outside the box, some deep conver…
 
In this excellent second installment, Darren talks with violinist extraordinare Melissa Reiner. Melissa played on songs heard in the David Lee Roth's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" film, as well as appearing on-camera. Melissa talks reheasing with the band, recording Dave's cover of Electric Light Orchestra's "Shine A Little Love," Van Halen's "Mean Street,"…
 
This week, in part 1 of a 2-part interview, Darren talks with violinist extraordinare Melissa Reiner. Melissa played on songs heard in the David Lee Roth's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" film, as well as appearing on-camera. There's some great stories about working with Dave, his work ethic, the other musicians she played with on the project, being on the fi…
 
This week's guest is awesome: Linda Reissman, who trained David Lee Roth as an Emergency Medical Technician in New York, in the early 2000's. Linda talks about training Dave, his dedication, work ethic, professionalism, and why he wanted to be an EMT. Linda worked for Dave for a bit and was also one of the sidekicks you heard on his short-lived rad…
 
It's official: Diamond David Lee Roth cancels his entire Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues, due to Covid concerns. Darren and Steve dive into it -- the announcements, how it was all handled, who has COVID and will there ever be another David Lee Roth concert? Plus video mysteries, what might happen next, feeling connected to Sammy Hagar, an…
 
Steve and Darren discuss Darren's continuous detective work, this time going down a rabbithole over just how active David Lee Roth was from the mid-90's to the 2007 Van Halen reunion -- and beyond. How much new and previously-unheard music was recorded then? Or have we heard it already in various places -- like Dave's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" video and…
 
This week, Darren interviews Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, talking about his "Nothing To Lose" documentary, side ventures, meeting Robert Plant, David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, and of course, what's happening with Ratt! At the top, Steve and Darren talk about some previous and now somewhat cryptic interviews with Diamond Dave, the upcoming Vegas show…
 
In the news today, oh boy: Steve and Darren discuss Diamond David Lee Roth adding additional dates in Vegas -- the end of his first retirement? Will Darren be at those added shows? Plus, Dave practices some extremely creative revisionist history about Eddie Van Halen's famous "Frankenstrat" guitar...why? Plus, Ted Nugent thinks Dave is "out of his …
 
In the latest episode of "The DLR Cast," Darren talks with the amazing guitarist John 5. John has played and recorded with a slew of heavyweights, including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Steve Perry, and, of course, David Lee Roth! John talks about his killer new album "Sinner," the still unreleased (save for three songs) record he recorded with Dave…
 
The latest episode of "The DLR Cast" features Darren's recent conversation with Michael Musselman, who drummed with Dave for his 2020 Vegas residency and on tour with KISS. Musselman studied under legendary drummer — and current Ringo Starr All-Starr Band drummer — Gregg Bissonette before graduating from the Musicians Institute. His credits also in…
 
This week Darren talks with Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill, authors of the amazing new book, "Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen." Of course, EVH is discussed, as is David Lee Roth, their book, and much more. If you haven't got this book yet, what are you waiting for? At the top, Darren and Steve are just two fools a minute, pontificating a…
 
At the top, Darren and Steve talk about "The Last Tour...Unti It Isn't..."or is it? More speculation on Diamond Dave's pending retirement, the New Year's Eve shows in Las Vegas! Why the 90's were Dave's mystery/"lost" era, how it went more "solo" than ever before, with a good number of band members coming and going. And Darren's Alex Van Halen pred…
 
At the top, it's a bit melancholy as Darren and Steve discuss the 1-year anniversary of Eddie Van Halen's passing (10/6), talk some more about Dave's big retirement announcement, the passing of time, and Dave's upcoming birthday (10/10). Then, things lighten up as Darren talks with artist Margo Z. Nahas. Margo is the artist who created the most ico…
 
A lot of big news from David Lee Roth! Darren and Steve dig into the big retirement announcement. Is Dave really retiring? Are there medical issues? Plus, Dave's December shows in Las Vegas. Who's in the band? Will the setlist be different? Will Alex Van Halen make a guest appearance? And the terrific new track DLR dropped, "Lo-Rez Sunset," from th…
 
Darren and Steve discuss David Lee Roth's recent appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, what was said and what wasn't, the soon-to-be-50th anniversary of Dave and Alex Van Halen "ragging on each other," and will Dave be in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve? Then, Darren talks with the amazing Billy Sheehan, discussing the new 30th anniversary edition…
 
Steve and Darren talk with Chuck Shute, the host of The Chuck Shute Podcast. Chuck talks about his Van Halen and David Lee Roth fandom, interesting interviews, all-things rock and roll, and much more Chuck's aim with his podcast is to "educate, entertain and inspire" and his interviews musicians, athletes, actors, authors and more. Recent interview…
 
It's all about the aborted David Lee Roth flick "Crazy From The Heat!" Darren and Steve speak with filmmaker Steve Herold about Dave's aborted 1985 movie and the actual script. What kind of movie was it supposed to be? Is it funny? Could it have been a hit? How far along was the production? Would the "Eat 'Em and Smile" band been in it? All that, a…
 
Part 2 of our interview with Frank Meyer, who has more David Lee Roth stories, talks about seeing the very first, open-to-the-public Van Halen reunion rehearsal on stage, covering Van Halen's "In A Simple Rhyme" (it's very cool, check it out), talking Van Halen with Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, meeting Eddie Van Halen at Dweezil Zappa's hou…
 
Part 1 of an interview you don't want to miss!! Darren talks with musician, author and producer Frank Meyer. You may have first known him as the frontman for The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, but Van Halen die-hards may know him from his work on copy-editor and interviewer on photographer Neil Zlozower’s book "Van Halen: A Visual History 1978 – 1984." He…
 
"The DLR Cast" is back, and Steve and Darren ponder: - why David Lee Roth isn't on the new, updated KISS tour schedule - Dave's recent social media posts and what might be next - "Yankee Rose" premiered 35 years ago - Wolfgang Van Halen's debut album, "Mammoth WVH" is simply amazing. - Did we get a preview of the sounds and heaviness heard on Wolf'…
 
Darren and Steve debate the two recent developments in David Lee Roth land. First up, Dave on "The Joe Rogan Experience," where Steve and Darren try to answer the over-arching question, "Wa wa zat?" Then its all about the new track, "Giddy Up!" which dropped earlier in the week. It's the second song released presumambly from the album written (and …
 
Steve and Darren welcome Eric Senich from the Van Halen News Desk - VHND.com - to talk Diamond Dave's most overlooked and underrated songs, both solo and with Van Halen. All of Dave's solo albums are discussed, Eat 'Em and Smile, A Little Ain't Enough; Skyscraper has several songs on these lists...did anything from Your Filthy Little Mouth make it?…
 
Darren digs into the vaults and his 2003 interview with Diamond Dave make its world premiere! It is -- simply put -- a fun, rambling convo: Dave talks about his favorite poem, why he doesn't have writer's block, all about ambitious fury, infinite refinement, his Fourth of July Christmas special (!?!), future plans, and much more. At the top: Darren…
 
Darren and Steve lead off with a few points about Dave's lyrics and why Dave's band with guitarist Brian Young was his hardest rocking -- and hardest working -- solo band. Then, Darren talks with Brian about staying busy during COVID-19, his recent cover of the Vandenberg song "Burning Heart," the importance of saying "yes" to every gig, secrets of…
 
On this edition of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve catch up about, then they cut to Darren's recent interview with Red Reign drummer Sam "Sammy Lee" Bendhiem. Sammy Lee probably knows more about Van Halen and DLR than Darren does -- Darren's assessment -- and their conversation touches upon various facets of the DLR catalog (e.g. "Skyscraper," "Ea…
 
This week's interview is with Tom Beaujour, co-author (along with Richard Bienstock) of the awesome new book, "Nothin' But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the 80's Hard Rock Explosion." Its the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it. Darren and Tom …
 
This week Darren and Steve welcome Danny Zelisko, author of "All Excess: Occupation Concert Promoter." Simply put, Danny is one of the most successful concert promoters to ever book a show and he's been doing that for 46 years and over 12,000 concerts. In "All Excess," Danny navigates you through his musical journey of producing concerts and takes …
 
This week on "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve talk about David Lee Roth in various interviews through the years, from Dave's 1988 appearance on "Larry King Live" to being on Joe Rogan and Marc Maron's podcasts. Plus, does Gene Simmons love the Costco rotisserie chicken? And how its a crime that there's never been a home video release of either the …
 
This week Darren has a great interview with the supremely talented and awesome singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky. Jonny talks about first seeing David Lee Roth and Van Halen on MTV when he was 8 years old, learning Van Halen songs on guitar, Dave as a cultural influence, pursuing passions, the rock & roll lifestyle that used to be versus today, and …
 
This week on "The DLR Cast": Darren speaks with composer, musician and David Lee Roth and Van Halen fan, Jeff Cardoni. Jeff talks aboout how his career evolved, composing for TV and movies, great guitar players, and, of course, Dave, Van Halen, and more! At the top: Steve and Darren wonder, "where is Dave?" Jeff Cardoni's body of work ranges from s…
 
Steve and Darren have a blast talking with Doug Brod, author of They Just Seem A Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll. Doug talks about the influences those bands had on so many musicians, the artist that connects them all and so much more. And yes, there's a couple of connections with David Lee Roth and Van…
 
The awesome Steve Brown is this week's guest interview. Steve talks about digging both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, how Van Halen influenced him to form Trixter, that time (pre-fame) he ran on stage during a Van Halen show, and meeting Dave when Trixter was recording their debut album. At the top, Darren and Steve talk about some various DLR new…
 
Darren and Steve discuss the latest Van Halen tribute show rumors and more. Then, Darren has a fun conversation with percussionist extraordinaire Sammy Figueroa. Sammy played on David Lee Roth's "Crazy From The Heat, "Eat 'Em And Smile" and "Skyscraper." Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians and has played on c…
 
Happy New Year! Its the first episode recorded in 2021 and Darren speaks with the great Stacy Jones (American Hi-Fi, Miley Cyrus, Veruca Salt, Letters To Cleo, Hey Monday, Matchbox Twenty) about a bunch o' cool things and Stacy has a cool Van Halen story, too! Prior to that Darren and Steve chat about the special, all-Van Halen edition of Life Maga…
 
Happy New Year! In this new episode of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve speak with Richard Hilton, who played keyboards on David Lee Roth's "Your Filthy Little Mouth" album. Richard gives the details on how he first met Dave (and who was there!), working with the legendary Nile Rodgers (who produced "YFLM"), and working on -- and collaborating with…
 
Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome drummer-extraordinaire Ron Wikso to The DLR Cast! If you saw David Lee Roth on the "Your Filthy Little Mouth Tour" in 1994, then you were digging Ron on the skins! Ron talks about his playing with...a ton of people actually, including Foreigner, The Storm, Cher, Gregg Rolie, Y&T's Dave Meniketti and a slew o…
 
Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome Eric Senich of the mighty Van Halen News Desk! Prior to the interview Darren and Steve talk about Dave's Sammy Hagar-inspired artwork, and Sammy's response. Then Steve and Darren talk with Eric about how Eric first got into Diamond David Lee Roth and Van Halen, Dave the Renaissance Man, Dave's vocals, the fa…
 
Darren and Steve talk about Wolfgang Van Halen's recent Howard Stern interview, his new song "Distance" and band, Mammoth WVH. Plus, the news about Diamond Dave around and from all the Wolfgang press. And this week's news-making interview: Darren talks with Michael Starr of Steel Panther. For more of Darren's cool interviews with musicians, actors …
 
Steve and Darren take a deep and meandering look at The Roth Project, the dystopian, sci-fi digital graphic novel David Lee Roth recently released via DavidLeeRoth.com. What is it and why? Who is involved? We try and find out! Odds are good that The DLR Cast on Twitter won't be as entertaining as the actual podcast but you can follow us here: @TheD…
 
Steve and Darren discuss the surprise David Lee Roth track that just came out, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill." Recorded sometime in the last decade, featuring John 5 on guitar and bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums, upon release DLR dedicated it Eddie Van Halen. Then Darren talks with Gregg and Matt Bissonette! Greg (drums) and Matt (bas…
 
This episode's interview is with Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Tyler talks about the huge influence Eddie Van Halen and the first Van Halen album were on him, his first guitar, David Lee Roth still writing cool lyrics (re: the last Van Halen album A Different Kind Of Truth) and a special appearance of his Diamond Dave soundboard. Al…
 
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