-->"''This must be just like livin' in paradise\\
(It's just like paradise)\\
And I don't want to go home\\
(And I ain't never goin' home)''"
-->--'''David Lee Roth''', "''Just Like Paradise''"

David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American hard rock singer who first became famous as, and is best known as, the lead singer in Music/VanHalen. Roth famously split from the group after the ''1984'' album and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, setting off what may be the single biggest FandomRivalry in music. His solo work, starting with ''Crazy from the Heat,'' helped launch the career of Music/SteveVai.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lee_Roth The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Goin' crazy, goin' crazy, oooh, from the tropes!"
* AffectionateParody: The video for "California Girls" starts with a Creator/RodSerling-style voiceover, announcing that the characters are about to take a trip into [[Franchise/TheTwilightZone "The Sunlight Zone"]].
** NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The video for "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" spoofs Music/MichaelJackson, Music/CyndiLauper, Music/BillyIdol, [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]] and Creator/{{MTV}} in general. There's also a guy made up as FrankensteinsMonster backstage.
* AlbumTitleDrop: In another album: the EP ''Crazy from the Heat'' has its title mentioned, as seen in the trope list title, in "Goin' Crazy!"
* AsTheGoodBookSays: From "The Dogtown Shuffle":
-->"And like the Good Book says be quick or dead"
* TheBartender: In the video for "She's My Machine."
* BladeOnAStick: The spear he carries at the start of the video for "Goin' Crazy."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Nobody did ''being a rock star'' better than David. Say what you want about his ego, but he had the talent to back it up, the personality to make it work, and the business savvy to keep himself in the black. The whole "no brown M&M's" thing was just a very clever way to make certain the promoters did ''their'' job so ''he'' could do his job.
* CarpetOfVirility
* CoverAlbum: His solo debut, ''Crazy from the Heat,'' which included versions of Music/TheBeachBoys' "California Girls," the Edgar Winter Group's "Easy Street," the Lovin' Spoonful's "Coconut Grove," and Louis Prima's {{Medley}} of "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody."
** ''Diamond Dave'' is mostly covers of rock and {{Blues}} songs.
** CoverVersion: "That's Life" (by Music/FrankSinatra, among others), "Tobacco Road" (written by John D. Loudermilk, originally recorded by the Nashville Teens)
* TheEighties
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Everybody's Got the Monkey"
* [[ExcitedEpisodeTitle Excited Song Title!]]: "Goin' Crazy!", "It's Showtime!", "Slam Dunk!", "Wa Wa Zat!!". He had a few with Van Halen too, which are in their page.
* FacialMarkings: On the cover of ''Eat 'Em and Smile''
* HandicappedBadass: Lead guitarist Jason Becker finished ”A Little Ain’t Enough” while suffering the early stages of ALS, which eventually left him unable to speak or move, and still composes music twenty years later, suffering from an ilness that kills most sufferers within a few years.
* HairMetal: A significant influence at least as a member of Van [=Halen=].
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PRfx0_UGua4/TrkncDKfSSI/AAAAAAAAB70/OHNPhU_23yg/s1600/imgDavid%25252520Lee%25252520Roth1.jpg Time]] [[http://legacy-cdn.smosh.com/smosh-pit/012011/old-david-lee-roth.jpg flies...]]
* IntercourseWithYou: "Bump and Grind," "Cheatin' Heart Cafe," "40 Below"
* LargeHam
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: In his heyday.
* LyricalTic: "Ow! ow! ow!," "Whooo hooo!"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Much like Music/VanHalen, his rock oriented songs are generally in the 5-7 range.
* MoralGuardians: Spoofed with the [[{{Pun}} "Censorship Bored"]] in the video for "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
* OhCrap: From "Goin' Crazy":
-->"Remember dancing on the pier last night?\\
Got drunk and fell into the water\\
The big policeman wasn't laughing, didn't blink an eye\\
He said, 'You're messing with the mayor's daughter', oh no"
* PrecisionFStrike: From "Two Fools a Minute":
-->"See, the meek shall inherit shit"
* RatedMForManly
** RealMenWearPink: In his often outrageous stage outfits.
* ReadTheFinePrint: If you're the promoter and Van Halen tells you to put a bowl of M&M's backstage, and there'd better not be any brown M&M's in the bowl, do it. You ''do not'' want David Lee Roth to see a brown M&M in that bowl. If he sees one, it means there is a very good chance you did not follow the technical specifications for all the equipment and safety meaures in their show. That means the show may not go on, which pisses off Van Halen, their fans, and also comes straight out of your pocket.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "The Dogtown Shuffle"
* RedBaron: "Diamond Dave"
* {{Scatting}}: Hummala beebuhla zeebuhla boobuhla hummala beebuhla zeebuhla bop!
* SelfDeprecation: From "Two Fools a Minute":
-->"See you in the funny papers\\
Guess that's where I'll be\\
They say two fools born a minute\\
Guess that makes me three"
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Diamond Dave,'' ''DLR Band''
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Yes, generally no, and yes. Reportedly, Eddie Van Halen's cocaine problem was one of the issues that led to Roth leaving the band. However, he was arrested in Washington Square Park in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in April 1993 for buying a dime bag of marijuana.
* SmallNameBigEgo: As any hammy rockstar would be. [[http://www.avclub.com/article/david-lee-roths-icrazy-from-the-heati-37187 Bordering on]] CloudCuckoolander at times.
** Inverted when he briefly chose a new career path: [[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-11-16-david-lee-roth_x.htm working as an emergency medical technician in New York City]]. He purposely avoided bringing attention to himself because he "didn't want to diminish what [he] was trying to do."
* SpiritualSuccessor: His solo career is pretty much the Roth years of Van Halen continued while Van Halen went a different direction.
* UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty: "Yankee Rose"
* TranslatedCoverVersion: ''Sonrisa Salvaje'' (Spanish for ''Savage Smile''), a Spanish-language version of ''Eat 'Em and Smile.''
* TwoFirstNames
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Not only in [[http://www.solveisraelsproblems.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/David-Lee-Roth-with-Van-Halen.jpg the eighties]], but as far as [[http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/7827/11kb9.jpg 2007]].