David Lee Roth, ever the one to try something new, has released “The Roth Project,” an online comic book featuring five new songs he co-wrote with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.
Available via TheRothProject.com, the comic is made up of 17 chapters and is narrated by Roth, himself. When you go to the site, you’re met with the following greeting, “This immersive interactive comic is a high resolution visual & audio story that is best experienced on a fast computer/device and a fast internet connection. Put on your Headphones. Open your mind.”
The new songs featured in the project include “Giddy Up,” “Alligator Pants,” “Lo-Rez Sunset,” “Manda Bala” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill,” which serves as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen.
These Roth/John 5 songs have long been shelved, and this marks the first time they’ve seen the light of day. John 5 told Guitar Player back in 2015 he and Roth recorded an album “…a couple of years ago, or a year ago. 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.’ 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.”
In October 2019, Roth said on Talkin' Rock with Meltdown, “There’s been a revision of things, and I can start making real plans and start marching into the future. And, of course, you’ll start hearing that material. This is material that we wrote variously for me solo and for Van Halen, and it’s quite a bank of stuff.”