David Lee Roth and the Van Halen boys shut down Hollywood Boulevard Monday night like only Diamond Dave can do busting his nose with his mic and literally shutting down right into the first song. For the VH lead singer and his first ever television performance in the US with the band, Roth had to cut the music not long into performing “Panama,” due to a nose injury after some fancy microphone twirling hit him right in the face. The poor guy tried to play on but blood was drooling and cameras were rolling, taping as part of a two-night special airing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The animated frontman was deeply apologetic to the audience for having to stop and tend to his wound. Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang kept the crowd entertained, a family moment highlighting some Eddie guitar solo, and no complaints here. Roth returned to the stage moments later with a Band-Aid across the bridge of his nose and joked about the incident and together the group started from the top.
The performance coincided with Van Halen’s celebration of their 2015 summer and fall North American tour which kicks off July 5 in Seattle. They played seven songs including fan favorites, “Running with the Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin Bout Love,” Dance the Night Away” and “Hot For Teacher.” But, surprisingly, for a show going to broadcast, Roth carried through the songs hardly singing at all and leaving out all the fun catchphrases spoken in-between lyrics that we’ve come to know and love. When singing “Hot For Teacher,” Dave barely performed any of the hilarious bits, like “Hey, I heard you missed us, we’re back!” “I brought my pencil /Gimme something to write on, man.” And, “Oh man, I think the clock is slow /I don’t feel tardy / Class dismissed.” The show was good despite the lack of some vocals from Dave, Van Halen performed well and in happy spirits. But, if you’ve seen Van Halen in concert you know how they can rock, so maybe the whack to the nose knocked Dave off his game a bit.
Tickets to Van Halen’s 2015 summer tour go on sale April 4. Catch night two of VH’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tonight on ABC.
Watch the band perform “Panama” above.