Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel Live! shut down Hollywood Boulevard for Van Halen‘s first-ever live televised performances with original/current frontman David Lee Roth. It was a memorable two-night stint for the iconic hard-rock singer, made even more remarkable by the singer bloodying his nose while furiously twirling a metal baton. Roth soldiered on, wearing a bandage – though, according to Kimmel, the singer ended up receiving 14 stitches as a result of his glammy theatrics. “The world of baton-twirling is very dangerous,” Kimmel cracked.
The band’s hits-heavy setlist featured anthems like “Panama,” “Runnin’ With the Devil” and “Hot for Teacher.” (“You know that teacher they were so hot for? She just went through menopause,” Kimmel quipped during his monologue on Monday.)
The March 31st taping coincided with the release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Van Halen’s new live album. That same day, the band released remastered reissues of Van Halen and 1984, both re-cut from the original quarter-inch tapes for CD and 180-gram vinyl. Remastered versions of other Roth-era Eighties albums are expected to hit shelves later this spring.
Van Halen will continue their TV trek on April 2nd with a performance on Ellen. The band’s expansive North American tour – featuring opener Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – kicks off July 5th in Seattle and runs through October 2nd.