Van Halen Member Reveals “Panama” Sequel Recording


David Lee Roth recently shared an unreleased solo version of the Van Halen classic “Panama”, recorded “studio live”. It is not presently clear when the recording was made or who the other musicians are that are featured on the track, which was uploaded to Roth’s YouTube channel Thursday night, September 1.

David Lee Roth reveals a version of Panama

Roth’s version of “Panama” has arrived after more than a month after he shared a previously unheard solo recording from 2007, “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”, in which he looked back nostalgically on his days in Van Halen. The latter song was recorded in 2007 with guitarist John 5 and drummer Gregg Bissonette for an album that never came out.

Back in 2020, Roth included five previously unreleased songs in The Roth Project, an online comic narrated by the legendary Van Halen singer, with music from John 5 on guitar and bass, Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion.

It has been noted that the tracks “Giddy-Up!”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill”, “Alligator Pants”, “Lo-Rez Sunset” and “Manda Bala” were recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.

Roth had canceled a series of Las Vegas residency shows in January because of the pandemic. Three months earlier, he had announced in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was planning to retire after the residency. It was back in July that Roth released a new solo song titled “Pointing At The Moon”. The acoustic-based, Americana-flavored tune was accompanied by a new abstract painting from Roth.