David Lee Roth has released a new “live studio” version of Van Halen’s “Panama”. According to the Van Halen News Desk, the track was recorded on May 3, 2022 in an extremely fast-paced session.
“On May 3, 2022, The Roth Band walked into Henson Recording Studio and recorded 14 songs in two hours,” the site reports, citing an unnamed source within Roth’s household. “It’s all live and it’s free to Van Halen. No samples. No auto-tuning.” The singer was joined for the session by guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler and drummer Francis Valentino.
It’s unclear what other songs were recorded during the session, or when or if they will be released.
The new version of “Panama” – originally released on 1984 and was one of the band’s last hit singles with Roth – can be heard below. It was uploaded to YouTube without fanfare under the banner “Roth Lives!”
The 67-year-old singer’s status remains unclear after canceling his farewell concerts in January, later explaining, “It’s not about me anymore.” But in June he alluded to his involvement in live Eddie Van Halen tribute projects, saying: “I wrote the songs. … I named the band. … .I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.” He added: “There’s always a tomorrow for a singer. … How many times does Rocky withdraw? Seven. I think number three was my favorite. How many times did Rambo has to come out of retirement to do the sequel?
Since then, Roth has released a song called “Pointing at the Moon” followed by “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”, a clear personal tribute to Van Halen’s glory days which includes the lines “We laughed, we cried / We threw that TV off that balcony / This memory means so much to me.”
Listen to David Lee Roth’s new “Panama”
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