“On May 3, 2022, the Roth band entered the Henson Recording Studio and recorded 14 songs in two hours,” the site reports, citing an unnamed source from Roth’s house. “It’s all live and it’s Van Halen free. No samples. No autotune.” The singer was joined for the session by guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler and drummer Francis Valentino.
There is no word on what other songs were recorded during the session or when or if they will ever be released.
The new version of “Panama” – which originally appeared on 1984 and was one of the band’s last hit singles with Roth – can be heard below. It was uploaded to YouTube without fanfare under the banner “Roth Lives!”
The 67-year-old vocalist’s status is still unclear after he cancelled his farewell shows in January later explains: “It’s not about me anymore.” But in June he hinted at involvement with plans for a live tribute Eddie Van Halen, saying: “I wrote the songs. … I was the one who named the band. … I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.” He added: “There’s always a tomorrow for a singer… How many times did that Rocky Retire? Seven. I think number three was my favorite. How many times did Rambo are you going to retire to make the sequel?”
Since then, Roth has released a song titled “Pointing at the moon“followed by”Nothing could have stopped us then anyway“, a clear personal tribute to Van Halen’s glory days, which includes the lines”We laughed, we cried / We threw that television off that balcony / That memory means so much to me.”
Listen to David Lee Roth’s new ‘Panama’
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