Fast Facts

  • Nephew of Manny Roth, who owned and operated the legendary Greenwich Village club Café Wha?, where he first became interested in pursuing a showbiz career. 
  • Became friendly with Eddie and Alex Van Halen during the early 1970s after their band, Mammoth, rented his PA system. 
  • Was originally rejected when he auditioned for Mammoth in 1971, but joined the group two years later, and suggested a name change to Van Halen.  
  • Undertook expeditions to such exotic destinations as the Amazon and Nepal during the '80s with a group of fellow adventurers that called itself the Jungle Studs.
  • Left Van Halen under murky circumstances in 1985, with reports varying as to whether he quit or was fired.
  • Returned to Van Halen in 1996 to record two tracks for the Best of Van Halen Volume 1 collection, but a backstage argument at that year's MTV Video Music Awards ended that reunion. 
  • Published a best-selling memoir in 1997 that was named after his 1985 solo EP, Crazy From the Heat.
  • Worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in New York in the early 2000s.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Van Halen, in 2007.
  • Reunited with Van Halen for a 2007-08 tour that raked in more than $93 million.

Relationships

  • Nathan Roth — Father
  • Apollonia Kotero — Ex-significant Other
  • Brenna Roth — Daughter
  • Lisa — Sister
  • Allison — Sister
  • Manny Roth — Uncle
  • Sybil Roth — Mother

College

  • Attended Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

Details

  • Birth Place: Bloomington, IN
  • Birthday: October 10, 1955, Libra
  • Profession: Rock singer
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