The DLR Cast

The DLR Cast

The Essential Podcast by and for Fans of David Lee Roth!

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In the latest episode of "The DLR Cast," Darren talks with the amazing guitarist John 5. John has played and recorded with a slew of heavyweights, including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Steve Perry, and, of course, David Lee Roth! John talks about his killer new album "Sinner," the still unreleased (save for three songs) record he recorded with Dave, whether he was going to be a part of DLR's live band, and much more! At the top, Darren and Steve talk about the silence preceeding Dave's Las Vegas gigs, Darren going to all five shows, John 5 and the often under-appreciated "DLR Band" album, the mystery of Terry Kilgore, trademarks (!) and when Dave stopped sharing the spotlight with other guitarists. And a few other stops in between. 

Nov 29

56 min 38 sec

The latest episode of "The DLR Cast" features Darren's recent conversation with Michael Musselman, who drummed with Dave for his 2020 Vegas residency and on tour with KISS. Musselman studied under legendary drummer — and current Ringo Starr All-Starr Band drummer — Gregg Bissonette before graduating from the Musicians Institute. His credits also include work with Keith Urban, Jaden Smith, ¿Téo?, Ryan Cabrera, Pretty Sister, and Figs Vision. Musselman also has a band of his own called MainMan, which made a splash with the single “W.W.H.” Follow him on Instagram via @MusselmanDrums. Prior to that, Steve and Darren talk about Dave's 2021/2022 Vegas shows, what they think the future may hold for DLR, and more. Thanks for listening!

Nov 11

1 hr 12 min

This week Darren talks with Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill, authors of the amazing new book, "Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen." Of course, EVH is discussed, as is David Lee Roth, their book, and much more. If you haven't got this book yet, what are you waiting for? At the top, Darren and Steve are just two fools a minute, pontificating about Eruption, Dave going really solo through the years, some thoughts on Michael Anthony and was Van Halen as big in Europe as they could/should have been?   "Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen" is available everywhere you buy books including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your favorite indie bookshop.

Nov 2

1 hr 8 min

At the top, Darren and Steve talk about "The Last Tour...Unti It Isn't..."or is it? More speculation on Diamond Dave's pending retirement, the New Year's Eve shows in Las Vegas! Why the 90's were Dave's mystery/"lost" era, how it went more "solo" than ever before, with a good number of band members coming and going. And Darren's Alex Van Halen prediction! Then, not 1, but 2 people -- in the same family -- who played with David Lee Roth: Rocket Ritchotte and his son Kane. Rocket played guitar for several years off and on with Dave and has 2 co-writes on "A Little Ain't Enough"; Kane is a drummer who played with Dave for 2 weeks prior to the 2020 Las Vegas gigs. Both have some amazing inside information on what it's like to tour, hang, and most importantly, play music with Dave. How demanding is Dave? How much rehearsal did they do (short answer: hours!)? Plus, was Bob Ezrin going to produce "A Little Ain't Enough?" Rocket Ritchotte has played with a ton o' people, find out who and more at Kane Roberts plays with the band More as well as Haim. Follow Kane on Instagram @kane_ritchotte.

Oct 22

1 hr 6 min

At the top, it's a bit melancholy as Darren and Steve discuss the 1-year anniversary of Eddie Van Halen's passing (10/6), talk some more about Dave's big retirement announcement, the passing of time, and Dave's upcoming birthday (10/10). Then, things lighten up as Darren talks with artist Margo Z. Nahas. Margo is the artist who created the most iconic Van Halen album cover of them all, "1984." There's all sorts of fun and cool info about making of that iconic album cover and much more. Check out Margo's work at Instagram at @miss_go_go and check out for more about that album cover.

Oct 6

45 min 6 sec

A lot of big news from David Lee Roth! Darren and Steve dig into the big retirement announcement. Is Dave really retiring? Are there medical issues? Plus, Dave's December shows in Las Vegas. Who's in the band? Will the setlist be different? Will Alex Van Halen make a guest appearance? And the terrific new track DLR dropped, "Lo-Rez Sunset," from the John 5 sessions. Then, Darren talks with songwriter extraordinaire Robbie Nevil. Robbie co-wrote 2 tracks on Dave's "A Little Ain't Enough" album, the title track and "Shoot It." Robbie tells why Dave is "a very memorable cat to work with," his songwriting process, and much more. Robbie Nevil started his musical career as a songwriter and session guitarist, transitioning to the role of recording artist where he landed a chart-topping hit with “C'est La Vie." That led to a steady stream of hits as a songwriter and producer with songs on more than 35 gold & platinum albums. ​Some of the artists who have recorded his songs include Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Smash Mouth, The Pussycat Dolls, Ricky Martin and a long list of Disney projects including "High School Musical" as well as numerous T.V. and film placements including the theme song for "TMZ."  

Oct 5

1 hr 15 min

Darren and Steve discuss David Lee Roth's recent appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, what was said and what wasn't, the soon-to-be-50th anniversary of Dave and Alex Van Halen "ragging on each other," and will Dave be in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve? Then, Darren talks with the amazing Billy Sheehan, discussing the new 30th anniversary edition of Mr. Big's "Lean Into It" album, coming up in Buffalo, New York, his years with Talas, Harvey Weinstein, writing and recording the new Winery Dogs album, almost making the ill-fated "Eat 'Em and Smile" movie, getting together with Steve Vai and Gregg Bissonette, some thoughts on the "Skyscraper" album, and Darren's year is made as Billy talks about the making of "Sonrisa Salvaje!"

Sep 17

56 min 49 sec

The DLR Cast -- your all-natural, artisnal podcast for all-things David Lee Roth -- returns from a short summer hiatus! Darren and Steve riff on the DLR and Gene Simmons imbroglio, Nikki Sixx, speculate on Wolfgang, Sammy and discuss a recent great interview with John5 at

Sep 10

40 min 34 sec

Steve and Darren talk with Chuck Shute, the host of The Chuck Shute Podcast. Chuck talks about his Van Halen and David Lee Roth fandom, interesting interviews, all-things rock and roll, and much more Chuck's aim with his podcast is to "educate, entertain and inspire" and his interviews musicians, athletes, actors, authors and more. Recent interviews include Dee Snider, David Duchovny, Nate Boyer, Ratt's Stephen Pearcy, and John Corabi. Check out The Chuck Schute Podcast everywhere you get podcasts and at

Aug 9

1 hr 12 min

It's all about the aborted David Lee Roth flick "Crazy From The Heat!" Darren and Steve speak with filmmaker Steve Herold about Dave's aborted 1985 movie and the actual script. What kind of movie was it supposed to be? Is it funny? Could it have been a hit? How far along was the production? Would the "Eat 'Em and Smile" band been in it? All that, and "No Big 'Ting!" Writer, director and producer Steve Herold has been working in film and television since graduating from the film program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. His work has included "Killing Fields," "Celebrity Wife Swap," and "Death of an Umbrella Salesman," the latter of which came out earlier this year. Follow Steve and his work at Instagram via @jointfilms.

Jul 27

1 hr 8 min

Part 2 of our interview with Frank Meyer, who has more David Lee Roth stories, talks about seeing the very first, open-to-the-public Van Halen reunion rehearsal on stage, covering Van Halen's "In A Simple Rhyme" (it's very cool, check it out), talking Van Halen with Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, meeting Eddie Van Halen at Dweezil Zappa's house, Eddie's infamous backyard party for a movie soundtrack, and much more. You may have first known musician, author and producer Frank Meyer as the frontman for The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, but Van Halen die-hards may know him from his work on copy-editor and interviewer on photographer Neil Zlozower’s book "Van Halen: A Visual History 1978 – 1984." He has also interviewed David Lee Roth many times -- first time around for POPsmear Magazine -- and featured DLR in the book "On the Road with The Ramones." In addition,  Frank has a great new album with Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers:

Jul 19

1 hr 13 min

Part 1 of an interview you don't want to miss!! Darren talks with musician, author and producer Frank Meyer. You may have first known him as the frontman for The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, but Van Halen die-hards may know him from his work on copy-editor and interviewer on photographer Neil Zlozower’s book "Van Halen: A Visual History 1978 – 1984." He has also interviewed David Lee Roth many times -- first time around for POPsmear Magazine -- and featured DLR in the book "On the Road with The Ramones." Meyer he's got some amazing Dave stories to tell, from working and drinking a lot with him, to hearing Dave and Van Halen reunion music, as recorded 7 (!) years before they got back together! And as an FYI, Frank has a great new album with Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers -- more on that here:

Jul 9

52 min 32 sec

"The DLR Cast" is back, and Steve and Darren ponder: - why David Lee Roth isn't on the new, updated KISS tour schedule - Dave's recent social media posts and what might be next - "Yankee Rose" premiered 35 years ago - Wolfgang Van Halen's debut album, "Mammoth WVH" is simply amazing. - Did we get a preview of the sounds and heaviness heard on Wolf's album from Van Halen's last studio album "A Different Kind of Truth?" Thanks for listening.

Jun 26

45 min 11 sec

Darren and Steve debate the two recent developments in David Lee Roth land. First up, Dave on "The Joe Rogan Experience," where Steve and Darren try to answer the over-arching question, "Wa wa zat?"  Then its all about the new track, "Giddy Up!" which dropped earlier in the week. It's the second song released presumambly from the album written (and produced?) by John 5. How is it? 


Jun 8

57 min 46 sec

Steve and Darren welcome Eric Senich from the Van Halen News Desk - - to talk Diamond Dave's most overlooked and underrated songs, both solo and with Van Halen. All of Dave's solo albums are discussed, Eat 'Em and Smile, A Little Ain't Enough; Skyscraper has several songs on these lists...did anything from Your Filthy Little Mouth make it? Naturally, multiple sidebars abound: New Zealand public radio is damn good, Dave's cover songs, Sammy vs. Dave, Jason Becker, Eddie Van Halen and much more. Plus, Eric tells us all about his cool new podcast "Booked On Rock," which you can check out at Find out more about what Darren's got going on at and

May 12

1 hr 37 min

Darren digs into the vaults and his 2003 interview with Diamond Dave make its world premiere! It is -- simply put -- a fun, rambling convo: Dave talks about his favorite poem, why he doesn't have writer's block, all about ambitious fury, infinite refinement, his Fourth of July Christmas special (!?!), future plans, and much more. At the top: Darren and Steve talk about Dave's latest round of art, the multiple panel serial "True Story." What's it all about? Where's it all going?

Apr 19

46 min 27 sec

Darren and Steve lead off with a few points about Dave's lyrics and why Dave's band with guitarist Brian Young was his hardest rocking -- and hardest working -- solo band. Then, Darren talks with Brian about staying busy during COVID-19, his recent cover of the Vandenberg song "Burning Heart," the importance of saying "yes" to every gig, secrets of working with Dave, what "trackblasting" is, and much more.

Apr 7

54 min 55 sec

On this edition of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve catch up about, then they cut to Darren's recent interview with Red Reign drummer Sam "Sammy Lee" Bendhiem. Sammy Lee probably knows more about Van Halen and DLR than Darren does -- Darren's assessment -- and their conversation touches upon various facets of the DLR catalog (e.g. "Skyscraper," "Eat 'Em And Smile," "DLR Band," "A Different Kind Of Truth") and Sammy nearly meeting Dave a few times. Sammy also talks about Red Reign's gigging alongside the likes of Tesla, Quiet Riot, Dokken and other DLR-adjacent artists we all dig. Red Reign's latest single is "Not That Way," and we at "The DLR Cast" are big fans of it. Go learn more about Red Reign via and Thanks for listening!

Mar 31

1 hr

This week's interview is with Tom Beaujour, co-author (along with Richard Bienstock) of the awesome new book, "Nothin' But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the 80's Hard Rock Explosion." Its the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it. Darren and Tom get into the influence Van Halen and David Lee Roth had on this scene, the scene itself in Southern California, and much more. At the top, Steve and Darren discuss the ridiculousness of the Grammys and their lame "tribute" to Eddie Van Halen and Wolgang's response. Also, was Michael Anthony going to join Dave onstage at a show last year?  And, Paul Stanley's Soul Station and how Diamond Dave should have/could have done something similar, years before. "Nothin' But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the 80's Hard Rock Explosion" is available online and at your favorite independent bookstore.

Mar 22

1 hr 11 min

This week Darren and Steve welcome Danny Zelisko, author of "All Excess: Occupation Concert Promoter." Simply put, Danny is one of the most successful concert promoters to ever book a show and he's been doing that for 46 years and over 12,000 concerts. In "All Excess," Danny navigates you through his musical journey of producing concerts and takes you behind the scenes of it all as he tells you about his years of working with some of world's biggest stars in entertainment, the good friends he's made and the wild and crazy stories.  At the top, Darren and Steve discuss how the last Van Halen album 2012's "A Different Kind of Truth" may be the heaviest VH album of all, Eddie Van Halen's dearth of musical appearances and collaborations outside of VH, and a very strange David Lee Roth story re-surfaces...via Reader's Digest? You can get Danny's book at all online booksellers and directly at his website, The DLR Cast: The Essential Podcast by and for fans of David Lee Roth.  

Mar 14

1 hr 7 min

This week on "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve talk about David Lee Roth in various interviews through the years, from Dave's 1988 appearance on "Larry King Live" to being on Joe Rogan and Marc Maron's podcasts. Plus, does Gene Simmons love the Costco rotisserie chicken? And how its a crime that there's never been a home video release of either the "Eat 'Em and Smile" or "Skycraper" tours. 

Mar 1

36 min 40 sec

This week Darren has a great interview with the supremely talented and awesome singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky. Jonny talks about first seeing David Lee Roth and Van Halen on MTV when he was 8 years old, learning Van Halen songs on guitar, Dave as a cultural influence, pursuing passions, the rock & roll lifestyle that used to be versus today, and much more.  Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in suburban Wilmette, Illinois, Jonny Polonsky began writing, recording and self-releasing homemade cassettes as a teenager. Filled with smart rock and pop melodies, these cassettes landed in the hands of influential artists he admired, like Reeves Gabrels, Zander Schloss and Frank Black, who helped Jonny do a demo tape and find a manager. Soon the tapes got him a deal with Rick Rubin's American Records, and his debut album "Hi My Name Is Jonny" was released in 1995. Subsequent albums and musical projects included Jonny working with the Brad Wilk and Tim Comerford (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Maynard James Keen from Tool, including joining Keen's side project Puscifer. As a studio musician he's appeared on albums by Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, The Dixie Chicks, and Pete Yorn. His latest album "Power and Greed and Money and Sex and Death" was released in 2020, recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown in his aparment. For more info visit

Feb 22

25 min 53 sec

This week on "The DLR Cast": Darren speaks with composer, musician and David Lee Roth and Van Halen fan, Jeff Cardoni. Jeff talks aboout how his career evolved, composing for TV and movies, great guitar players, and, of course, Dave, Van Halen, and more! At the top: Steve and Darren wonder, "where is Dave?" Jeff Cardoni's body of work ranges from studio features (e.g. "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates," "Step Up: All In," "Just Friends, "Open Season 3," "Firehouse Dog," "Miss March") to television scores (e.g. "Silicon Valley," "The Kominsky Method," "Training Day," "Young Sheldon," "CSI:Miami," the re-boot of "Saved By the Bell"). For more on Jeff visit

Feb 7

38 min 50 sec

Steve and Darren have a blast talking with Doug Brod, author of They Just Seem A Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll. Doug talks about the influences those bands had on so many musicians, the artist that connects them all and so much more. And yes, there's a couple of connections with David Lee Roth and Van Halen. At the top: Steve and Darren talk about the recently-released Alex Van Halen interview in Modern Drummer. They Just Seem A Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll is a fantastic book and you can find it online and in your favorite bookstore. If you've been a fan of any of those bands, or all, you have to read this book! Follow Doug on Twitter: @DougBrod And follow the podcast on Twitter! @TheDLRCast

Feb 1

1 hr 11 min

The awesome Steve Brown is this week's guest interview. Steve talks about digging both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, how Van Halen influenced him to form Trixter, that time (pre-fame) he ran on stage during a Van Halen show, and meeting Dave when Trixter was recording their debut album.  At the top, Darren and Steve talk about some various DLR news: Dave donates a cool jacket for a MusicCares auction which segues into a conversation about his evolving aesthetic thru the years; former Dave guitarist Brian Young talks about working with Dave and Dave once expressed interest in managing Tesla? Plus, hello, Finland and Australia!  Follow your favorite podcast about Diamond Dave at Twitter: @TheDLRCast  Steve Brown not only founded Trixter but he's also part of Tokyo Motor Fist, played with Danger Danger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and is the only guy to fill-in for both Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Find out more about Steve at

Jan 24

42 min 51 sec

Darren and Steve discuss the latest Van Halen tribute show rumors and more. Then, Darren has a fun conversation with percussionist extraordinaire Sammy Figueroa. Sammy played on David Lee Roth's "Crazy From The Heat, "Eat 'Em And Smile" and "Skyscraper." Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians and has played on countless records and is well-known for his versatility in a multitude of musical styles. Besides playing with Dave he's also played with David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, and George Benson. He also has a radio show which you can check out via Mixcloud Select. More on Sammy can be found online via Follow us at Twitter: @TheDLRCast

Jan 18

44 min 9 sec

Happy New Year! Its the first episode recorded in 2021 and Darren speaks with the great Stacy Jones (American Hi-Fi, Miley Cyrus, Veruca Salt, Letters To Cleo, Hey Monday, Matchbox Twenty) about a bunch o' cool things and Stacy has a cool Van Halen story, too! Prior to that Darren and Steve chat about the special, all-Van Halen edition of Life Magazine that's on newsstands and VH's "dark period." Follow us at Twitter! @TheDLRCast

Jan 13

49 min 44 sec

Happy New Year! In this new episode of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve speak with Richard Hilton, who played keyboards on David Lee Roth's "Your Filthy Little Mouth" album. Richard gives the details on how he first met Dave (and who was there!), working with the legendary Nile Rodgers (who produced "YFLM"), and working on -- and collaborating with Dave -- while recording the album. Plus, Richard gives details on the lyrics, co-writing "You're Breathing It," his contributions to the background vocals, Dave's very clear musical vision, and how enjoyable it was recording the album at the Hit Factory studio in New York.  

Jan 4

47 min 51 sec

Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome drummer-extraordinaire Ron Wikso to The DLR Cast! If you saw David Lee Roth on the "Your Filthy Little Mouth Tour" in 1994, then you were digging Ron on the skins! Ron talks about his playing with...a ton of people actually, including Foreigner, The Storm, Cher, Gregg Rolie, Y&T's Dave Meniketti and a slew of others, and how he got the gig with Dave via Gregg Bissonette! Ron also talks about auditioning and rehearsing for the Dave gig at Dave's house, playing in that L.A. area rockers baseball league, charting out "Dance The Night Away," sharing a tour bus with Dave, and how you always have to be versatile. Plus, Ron's got info on the "Night Life" promo CD with live "YFLM" tracks and what he's up to now. And some financial advice! The guy is versatile! Find out more about Ron at ...and The DLR Cast might be #1 ranked podcast about Diamond David Lee Roth!   Follow us on Twitter! @TheDLRCast

Dec 2020

55 min 59 sec

Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome Eric Senich of the mighty Van Halen News Desk! Prior to the interview Darren and Steve talk about Dave's Sammy Hagar-inspired artwork, and Sammy's response. Then Steve and Darren talk with Eric about how Eric first got into Diamond David Lee Roth and Van Halen, Dave the Renaissance Man, Dave's vocals, the fact that "Just Like Paradise" is a pop gem, various takes on the Eat 'Em and Smile, Skyscraper, A Little Ain't Enough and Your Filthy Little Mouth albums, driving friends crazy with all-Dave, all the time, how Wolfgang Van Halen reached out to Dave to get Van Halen back together, and what might be in the Van Halen vaults. Plus, what we would like to see Dave do next, and that "She's My Machine" is a much cooler song than people think! Eric Senich not only writes for the Van Halen News Desk but he's also got a cool podcast, DISCoveries With Eric Senich that you should check out. The DLR Cast is on Twitter! Get in early and follow us: @TheDLRCast


Dec 2020

1 hr 35 min

Darren and Steve talk about Wolfgang Van Halen's recent Howard Stern interview, his new song "Distance" and band, Mammoth WVH. Plus, the news about Diamond Dave around and from all the Wolfgang press. And this week's news-making interview: Darren talks with Michael Starr of Steel Panther. For more of Darren's cool interviews with musicians, actors and more, check out the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz everywhere you get your podcasts!   Follow us on the Twitter machine! @TheDLRCast  

Nov 2020

56 min 39 sec

Steve and Darren take a deep and meandering look at The Roth Project, the dystopian, sci-fi digital graphic novel David Lee Roth recently released via What is it and why? Who is involved? We try and find out!   Odds are good that The DLR Cast on Twitter won't be as entertaining as the actual podcast but you can follow us here: @TheDLRCast  

Nov 2020

42 min 16 sec

Steve and Darren discuss the surprise David Lee Roth track that just came out, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill." Recorded sometime in the last decade, featuring John 5 on guitar and bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums, upon release DLR dedicated it Eddie Van Halen. Then Darren talks with Gregg and Matt Bissonette! Greg (drums) and Matt (bass) were the rhythm section on Dave's Skyscraper tour and the A Little Ain't Enough Album. They talk about their careers, doing session work, touring with Ringo Starr, the Friends TV score, and, their cool new band The Reddcoats. The Reddcoats' first single, "Just Gimme The News" is out now.    Follow The DLR Cast on Twitter! @TheDLRCast

Nov 2020

1 hr 14 min

This episode's interview is with Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Tyler talks about the huge influence Eddie Van Halen and the first Van Halen album were on him, his first guitar, David Lee Roth still writing cool lyrics (re: the last Van Halen album A Different Kind Of Truth) and a special appearance of his Diamond Dave soundboard. Also, Steven and Darren spoke about the ridiculous Van Halen reformation/tribute rumors that Wolfgang Van Halen had to shoot down on social media. And, of course, go down a couple different paths from there. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown is an American rock band. Founded in Nashville, Tennessee by guitarist Tyler Bryant, the group has since released four successful studio albums, and has toured with such groups as Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as making appearances at several rock-themed music festivals. The group's current lineup consists of Tyler Bryant (lead guitar & vocals), Graham Whitford (rhythm guitar), Ryan Fitzgerald (bass), and Caleb Crosby (drums). Their latest album Pressure, just came out last month and is killer!    

Nov 2020

40 min 50 sec

The episode with 2 intros! Intro #1: Steve and Darren discuss Eddie Van Halen's death, Sammy Hagar reportedly patching things up with Eddie, social media posts, and speculation about what might happen next. Intro #2: As recorded before Eddie's passing and Darren and Steve talk about the death of Mark Stone, the original Van Halen bassist. The Interview: Darren has a fun time with Chris DeMakes from Less Than Jake talking David Lee Roth, Van Halen, and more. A great guy who hosts the excellent, recently-launched series "Chris DeMakes A Podcast."

Oct 2020

56 min 35 sec

As recorded on the evening of October 6, 2020, Darren and Steve discuss the life, (unexpected) death, impact, and influence of the one and only Eddie Van Halen. Edward Van Halen, R.I.P.

Oct 2020

37 min 2 sec

Darren talks with Longwave's Steve Schiltz about his band Longwave, Van Halen, and of course, David Lee Roth! Steve talks about how Eddie's guitar playing was his entry to Van Halen, Dave, and Steve Vai and Jason Becker's catalogs, and how it informed and inspired how own work. Plus, the time Steve and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) were incredulous when a younger travel companion hadn't heard of, and subsequently did not get, the greatness of "Hot For Teacher." And Darren tells Steve about the Japanese import of the Spanish-language version of Eat 'Em And Smile, Sonrisa Salvaje (yes, you read that right). *** Steve Schiltz co-founded Longwave in 1999, and by 2002 the band was signed with RCA Records. Longwave’s sophomore album, The Strangest Things, helmed by Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, brought the band’s music to the masses, and international tours with The Strokes, Bloc Party, OK Go and many more followed. Longwave went on an unofficial hiatus in 2009, after releasing Secrets Are Sinister. After years of collaboration, Schiltz wrote, recorded, mixed and produced Tonight Is The Ghost by himself — the first set of songs from the project that would become Hurricane Bells. The album quickly garnered kind words from critics and a following of fans. Steve's music has been featured on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, alongside Death Cab For Cutie, The Killers and more. Hurricane Bells released an EP in 2010 and a second album, Tides And Tales, the following year. Another EP, There’s Nothing Precious in the Past, was also completed. The band toured the States and played to crowds in Japan and India.  Steve has toured with the likes of Albert Hammond Jr., The Pierces, Teddy Thompson and James Iha. His playing and writing can be heard on Blue October’s 2018 hit album I Hope You’re Happy (for which he co-wrote the title song), as well as UK hits by Birdy and Gavin James, and James Bay’s international 2019 hit “Bad”. He's also his own boutique studio, composing music for documentary films and ads for multiple national brands and companies. In 2019, Longwave reunited and released “If We Ever Live Forever”, followed by “Live At Bowery Ballroom” in 2020. New records by Blue October, Harvard Of The South, and the Japan-only “There’s Nothing Precious In The Past” are all slated for release in 2020. For more on Steve Schiltz and his music visit and be sure to check out Darren's work at      

Sep 2020

39 min

Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising: How A Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal and Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life In Music joins us to talk about David Lee Roth, Van Halen, Ted Templeman, and so much more. It's a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from the backyard parties that launched VH, Templeman's role with VH and so much great music, to the story behind the songwriting credits on "I'll Wait" from Van Halen's 1984 album. Plus, the acting stylings of Dave's dad, Dr. Roth! And...Tim Conway! Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. Renoff earned his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and his writing has appeared in, Guitar World, LA Weekly, and Vulture. He and his work have been profiled in Spin, Salon, Maxim, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Oklahoma Magazine, Yahoo Entertainment, and the Boston Herald. Greg lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and enjoys connecting with readers via and Greg Renoff's books are available online and at your favorite local bookstore.    

Aug 2020

1 hr 24 min

Darren spoke with the only guy to appear on both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar albums, Jesse Harms. Jesse is a songwriter, keyboardist and producer whose work has appeared on over 15 million albums worldwide. In addition to Dave and Sammy, Jesse has also worked with Heart, REO Speedwagon, Bad English, John Hiatt, Guitar Shorty, Ry Cooder, and Patty Smyth. He also worked with Eddie Money, writing one of Money's biggest hits, "Walk On Water." In this wide-ranging conversation, Jesse talks about touring, writing and recording with Sammy, life on the road, the realistic expectations and the highs and lows of being a working rock musician, while being a dad and a husband.  Plus, Darren and Steve talk about Dave's new tour dates -- in 2021!

Aug 2020

44 min 57 sec

Darren talks with music journalist and author G. Brown about what its like interviewing musicians, including David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen. Plus, how the music business has changed for music journalists.   G. serves as podcast moderator, curator and executive director of the Colorado Music Experience. He has navigated the Rocky Mountain musical landscape for decades, both as a journalist and as a radio personality. He covered popular music at The Denver Post for 26 years, interviewing more than 3,000 musicians, from Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, to Bono and Kurt Cobain. Published in numerous magazines including Rolling Stone and National Lampoon, Brown also covered music news and hosted and programmed for a myriad of Denver-based radio stations. He is the author of five books, including the award-winning Red Rocks: The Concert Years, Colorado’s Rock Chronicles and Telluride Bluegrass Festival: The First Forty Years.    Before that, Steve and Darren also talk about music publicity and journalism - specifically the lack of interviews by Dave and Eddie during the 2007 Van Halen reunion tour. How did the reunion ultimately, finally, happen? Did the media silence help keep the peace? Plus the publicity and marketing around Van Halen's 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth.

Jul 2020

50 min 27 sec

Mitch Schneider has worked with some of rock and pop's biggest superstars, including Prince, David Bowie, Heart, Yes, Tom Petty, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, Heart, and Ozzy Osbourne. Co-founder of the Schneider/Rondan Organization (SRO PR), Mitch stopped by "The DLR Cast" to talk about his time as David Lee Roth's publicist from 1991 to 2003.  As recorded in July 2020, Mitch told Darren and Steve some interesting details and stories about working with Dave, starting with the "A Little Ain't Enough Album" through Dave's ill-fated 1996 reunion with Van Halen at the MTV Music Awards -- and let's not forget the weird and wacky David Lee Roth's "No Holds Bar-B-Que" home video. In addition, Mitch told some great stories about former clients David Bowie, Ted Nugent and Aerosmith, and there's some discussion about DLR's recent feature in The New York Times! Find out more about Mitch and the Schneider Rondan Organization at

Jul 2020

49 min 54 sec

The talented and funny Linus Dotson, a.k.a. Linus of Hollywood visits Steve and Darren on The DLR Cast. Linus not only has a long and active solo career but he's also in the band Nerf Herder and has worked with Cheap Trick, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., Lil' Kim, Ol' Dirty Bastard and many others. We talk about Linus's music, and the love of shred, Van Halen and Dave's influence on Linus, Dave's influence in Van Halen and the early albums and how great it is to put on Sonrisa Salvaje, the Spanish version of Eat 'Em and Smile, during a party and more. Plus, Linus's involvement in Nerf Herder, meeting Dave himself, and what hair-metal guitarists were doing when grunge hit. For more on Linus of Hollywood's music, including able machines, his collaboration with Tay Coliee, visit  Darren Paltrowitz has a great podcast with tons of cool interview, The Paltrocast. Visit for episodes and more.

Jul 2020

37 min 26 sec

Steve and Darren welcome Nick Newman from the "Rock n Wrestling Podcast!" We talk about video games turning a younger audience onto David Lee Roth, why the Dave and Eddie Van Halen feud was kind of like pro wrestling, you never know what you'll get with Dave's vocals, discovering Dave thru MTVx, how Van Halen's "1984" album is a great way to fall in love with VH, why Dave is a natural evolution from being a pro wrestling fan, and much more. Nick Newman's "Rock n Wrestling Podcast" has guests from professional wrestling and rock n roll world. Every week is a new guest sharing stories about their time in these businesses. Nick has had some of the hottest guests in the wrestling and rock world. A new podcasts drops every week. Follow Nick at Twitter: @nicksrnwpodcast

Jul 2020

38 min 50 sec

The first guest on The DLR Cast is a fun one! Steve and Darren welcome Jason Sichi and Dave Wheeler of the cool band Limousine Beach. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, they draw inspiration from bands such as The Sweet, The Dictators, KISS and, of course, the mighty Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Check out their first release, Stealin' Wine +2 available on Spotify from TeePee Records. Steve, Darren, Jason, and Dave talk about how they became big Dave fans, the amazing Eat 'Em and Smile album and the inevitable comparisons to Van Halen with Sammy Hagar. For more on Limousine Beach find them on Facebook 

Jul 2020

29 min 34 sec

Remember the first time David Lee Roth reunited with Van Halen? Darren and Steve talk about DLR getting back with the band in 1996 for the Van Halen greatest hits album, Best of Volume 1, recording two new songs, “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” and “Me Wise Magic.” Plus, the cringe-worthy 1996 MTV Music […] The post Episode 3: The First Time David Lee Roth & Van Halen Reunited appeared first on THE DLR CAST.

Jun 2020

52 min 13 sec

Darren and Steve talk about the last shows they saw before Covid-19: David Lee Roth! Darren saw DLR at House of Blues in Las Vegas, Steve saw DLR opening for KISS on their End of the Road Tour. They discuss those shows, setlists, Dave’s band, his vocals and audience reactions. The DLR CAST is a […] The post The DLR Cast Episode 2: Diamond Dave’s Tour with KISS appeared first on THE DLR CAST.

Jun 2020

48 min 44 sec

The premiere episode of "The DLR Cast," the essential podcast by and for fans of David Lee Roth. Hosts Steve and Darren talk about how they became fans of Diamond Dave while growing up on Long Island, NY and his influence. The epic Van Halen album 1984, Dave and Van Halen parting ways […] The post The DLR Cast Premiere – By and for Fans of David Lee Roth! appeared first on THE DLR CAST.

Jun 2020

57 min 1 sec