Jimmy Kimmel Live! viewers apparently missed the most dramatic moment of Van Halen’s eight-song performance on Monday (March 30) for the ABC late-night show, parts of which aired Monday and Tuesday (March 31).
Apparently during "Panama" frontman David Lee Roth clipped himself on the nose with a microphone, announcing midway through the song that, "Ladies and gentlemen, I cut my nose on the microphone. I apologize." Roth left the stage for two and a half minutes to get patched up while bandmates Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen continued to jam on the song until his return.
Roth told the crowd that he "f***ed my nose up on the microphone here, so I'm gonna wear the Band-Aid and we're gonna start the whole thing over for you. We'll give you a little extra for your patience here. Work with us if you will...How do I look? Like f***in' Hiawatha?"
The set continued without incident, but the group is certainly hoping there won't be a similar mishap when it performs Thursday (April 2) on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Van Halen begins its tour to support its new album Tokyo Dome Live in Concert on July 5 in Seattle.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.