Here’s something kinda random and cool. VAN HALEN crooner David Lee Roth just shared a song called “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill” from the unreleased album he wrote and recorded with guitarist John 5 several years ago. The title obviously referring to the legendary West Hollywood hot spot that essentially acted as a home to such artists as Lemmy Killmister from MOTÖRHEAD among others.
John 5 initially broke through as a guitarist on Roth’s “DLR Band” solo album before going on to play with Marilyn Manson and currently Rob Zombie. His latest sessions with Dave apparently took place at least six years ago.
Back in 2015, John 5 told Guitar Player magazine that the sessions for his latest album with Dave were quite relaxed. “I would just go to his house and I’d write these songs with him, and he would say, ‘Let’s go into the studio,'” John 5 explained. “So he would go to Henson studio and record these songs. They came out… They’re so good. They’re so good. And we’ve got Gregg Bissonette playing drums on it, and I played the bass, and they’re really great songs.”
The guitarist said that Roth’s vocals on the album sound “like nothing you’ve ever heard. It’s old VAN HALEN — sounds like ‘Could This Be Magic?’ or anything like that. It’s just that sound, that tone.”
You can check out the tune below.