DLR Band

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DLR Band
Studio album by David Lee Roth
Released June 9, 1998
Recorded Ocean Entertainment studios in Burbank, CA and Mama Joe's studios in North Hollywood, CA
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:19
Label Wawazat!! Records
Producer wawazat!!
David Lee Roth chronology
Your Filthy Little Mouth
DLR Band
Diamond Dave
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault B[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[3]

DLR Band is the fifth full-length studio album by David Lee Roth, the then-former and now current vocalist of Van Halen. It was released in 1998 and remains the only installment on Roth's own wawazat!! label.


DLR Band was recorded and mixed in ten days,[4] a technique Roth had not utilized since 1979's Van Halen II. John Lowery (aka John 5) and Mike Hartman played guitar on the record. Hartman actually performed double duty for the record, performing bass guitar under the "B'ourbon Bob" pseudonym.[5] Also on the album a then virtually unknown drummer Ray Luzier now a full member of Korn.

DLR Band met with favorable reviews upon release, especially in comparison to his previous two solo efforts (1991's A Li'l Ain't Enough and 1994's Your Filthy Little Mouth). However, with little promotion and limited distribution from his own smaller label, the album failed to make a significant mark commercially. Further hurting the album's sales was Roth's inexplicable reluctance to embark on a support tour. In fact, Roth did not hit the road to promote the album until several months into 1999, often in sporadic increments. To add further confusion as to Roth's motives for the album's promotion, little to no material from DLR Band was performed in concert, "Slam Dunk!" being the only track from the album to be played live.

Both John Lowery and Mike Hartman failed to join Roth's band for the DLR Band support tour, leaving Roth to find yet another guitarist. The singer chose Bart Walsh, a Los Angeles, CA player who had previously performed as a part of the Van Halen tribute band, The Atomic Punks. The setlists on the DLR Band tour relied heavily on Van Halen material, with some older solo cuts and various covers sprinkled in. Ray Luzier stayed on to tour and record with Roth for the next eight years before leaving to form a "super group" called Army of Anyone with Robert, Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Richard Patrick of Filter. The collaboration only lasted for one critically acclaimed self-titled album.

Two tracks from DLR Band, "Indeedido" and "King of the Hill," would later appear on Mike Hartman's solo release, Black Glue, as "Southern Romp" and "Stomp," respectively.[5] Penned by Hartman, both tracks would be remixed and made instrumental for Hartman's release.

The album's cover artwork features a picture of model Bettie Page.

DLR Band debuted at #172 on the charts with 8,000 copies sold in the first week. Within a year the album had sold 65,000 copies.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Slam Dunk!"   David Lee Roth, John Lowery, Bob Marlette 2:37
2. "Blacklight"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 3:41
3. "Counter-Blast"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 3:14
4. "Lose the Dress (Keep The Shoes)"   Roth, Terry Kilgore 3:13
5. "Little Texas"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 3:20
6. "King of the Hill"   Roth, Mike Hartman 3:52
7. "Going Places..."   Roth, Kilgore 5:19
8. "Wa Wa Zat!!"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 2:54
9. "Relentless"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 3:30
10. "Indeedido"   Roth, Hartman 3:11
11. "Right Tool for the Job"   Roth, Kilgore 3:24
12. "Tight"   Roth, Kilgore 4:08
13. "Weekend With the Babysitter"   Roth, Lowery, Marlette 3:36
14. "Black Sand"   Roth, Kilgore 5:20


  • David Lee Roth - Harmonica (track 2), Vocals, Cover Art Concept
  • John 5 - Guitar (tracks 1 - 3, 5, 8, 9, 13), Bass (tracks 4, 7, 12)
  • Terry Kilgore - Guitar (tracks 4, 7, 11, 12, 14), Synthesizer (track 14)
  • Mike Hartman - Guitar (tracks 6, 10)
  • B'urbon Bob - Bass (John 5 on tracks 1 - 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, Mike Hartman on tracks 6, 10)
  • Tom Lilly - Bass (tracks 11, 14)
  • Ray Luzier - Drums
  • wawazat!! - Producer
  • Jeffrey Thomas - Assistant Engineer
  • Erich Gobel - Assistant Engineer
  • Kendall Johnson - Art Direction, Design
  • Kieren McClelland - Mastering
  • Michael Migliozzi - Art Direction, Design
  • Erwin Musper - Engineer, Mastering, Mixing
  • Bunny Yeager - Photography


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Daily Vault review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 704. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Interview with Mike Hartman, RoughEdge.com, 1999.
  5. ^ a b Mike Hartman Interview, Van Halen News Desk, 1999.
  6. ^ http://www.vhnd.com/2013/06/09/15-years-ago-today-david-lee-roths-dlr-band-released/