Van Halen’s David Lee Roth Has White Hair In New Photo: ‘Beyond Awful’


Van Halen singer David Lee Roth posed for his first photoshoot in 3 and a half years for the New York Times a couple of weeks ago to promote his newly introduced skin care line, called Ink the Original, which was created for people with tattoos. You can view the photo below, where Roth has short grey hair.

Roth said in the New York Times article, “When we were little kids, my sister and I would come up with a drawing,” he recalled. “Mom wouldn’t even look up, but she’d say, ‘Should I go get the magnet?’ That meant was the drawing good enough for the refrigerator, or were we going to waste her time? Right there, you’d look at the drawing and say, ‘I can edit!’”

Mom issues aside, Mr. Roth also showed a surprisingly practical side. “If you use something with an oil base, it’s going to reflect back in your eyes,” he said, noting that a person with a tattoo wants to show off their ink, not blind viewers with oily sunscreen.

Fans on the popular Van Halen forum VHLinks thought the New York Times could have picked a better photo of Roth.

xk319 posted, “So I guess he was going for the worst lighting worst angle worst expression possible in that photo….or……”

Dave’s Dreidel posted, “Agreed. That’s a horrible photo.”

edwardv posted, “Father time is a bitch.”

Dave’s Dreidel posted, “Sam looks better than most people in their 40’s. Whatever the fuck that guy is doing, God bless him. Maybe I should start smoking weed.”

Jedi McFly posted, “Ho-lee shit that photo is beyond awful. Sure, people age, but that lighting and that angle wouldn’t do anybody any favors.

What was Dave’s publicist smoking when they approved use of that pic? WTF.”

salg posted, “Not his best picture.The Times probably insisted he look professional !!! I worked for them for many years. If I was still there the story would have been broken much earlier !! Looking foward to 2019!!!!”

Rare Painful Side Effect posted, “That is a terrible photo, all right. But I don’t think anyone over 40 is going to come out of that photo set up (that angle, with lighting provided by what appears to be a WWII prison-camp klieg light) looking like anything other than an extra from the road company of Deliverance.”

Personally we think people should cut Diamond Dave some slack, he’s getting older but is still feeling very good from all accounts!

  • Mikey ???????

    Damn, Dave is 64 years old. Strange feeling to realize that.

    • cnn-13fada69c717816bac525a239939ac89

      Sammy Hagar is 71

      • Mikey ???????

        Yeah, i was thinking about Iggy Pop having aged well but time has been pretty kind to Sammy too.

    • Rod Buchanan

      That’s some hard living! But yeah, 64 is getting up there. Still, the years have not been that good to old Dave Lee. And damn, did those years just FLY BY!

      • Mikey ???????

        Yeah, i guess he seemed like he might be someone sorta like Iggy Pop (who is 71!!!), where he would age better than this. The way that pic is shot isn’t doing him any favors in that regard though.

  • c-ment

    Dave looks like a butler!

  • Rod Buchanan

    Wow! He looks like Teller, from Penn and Teller!

  • Walter Boyd

    I saw him in Austin in the early 1980’s. he was wearing leather pants with the butt cut out of them to show his butt to 10 K people. I never had an ounce of respect for him since then.

    • Formulakid

      You missed the point entirely.

    • Magnus

      I saw Van Halen at Palmer Auditorium in 1983. Roth drank a whole bottle of Jack Daniels in one gulp on stage.

  • Formulakid

    He looks like he has A.I.D.S.
    As a matter of fact,
    How does he not have Aids after all that tail?

  • John Woods

    put on some weight dude. Looks sick. Thin and aging do not go well together.