David Lee Roth started VAN HALEN‘s performance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ yesterday with some new hair on his recently shorn head, and finished it with a new bandage on his face, as reported on ultimateclassicrock.com.
The band, on hand to play a few of its classic cuts for a special appearance scheduled to play out over two Kimmel episodes (one aired last night, the other will be shown tonight), had to halt its first attempt at ‘Panama’ when Roth cut himself in the face with a microphone, pausing the show until he was bandaged up and ready to rock again. “I f—ed my nose up with the microphone here,” Roth told the crowd, as you can see above. “So we’re gonna start the whole thing over, and give you a little extra for your patience.”
Fortunately, Roth’s injury didn’t put much of a damper on the proceedings — he’s been here before, after all, having broken his nose on tour 35 years ago — and the band got things back on track for live renditions of ‘Panama’ (which you can watch below) and ‘Runnin’ With the Devil,’ which you can check out below:
As previously reported, the Kimmel set is one of two special television appearances the band has scheduled around today’s release of its new “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert” double album, and in advance of the lengthy tour announced for the summer and fall. The group has also launched a reissue campaign for its first six albums, starting with “Van Halen” and 1984, which arrive alongside Tokyo Dome, and continuing later this year with “Van Halen II”, “Diver Down”, “Fair Warning”, and “Women and Children First”.