LISTEN: Snippet of an unreleased David Lee Roth song

New 15/05/2019

Rob Zombie's guitarist, John 5 whipped out his phone to play a teaser of an unreleased David Lee Roth song from an album titled 'California Sessions' in an interview.

The song was recorded sometime in 2014. The pair had previously worked together between 1998 and 2003 and remained to be longtime friends.

We had a collection of music

"Here’s what would happen – Dave would call me and he’d be like, 'Come on over and let’s write some songs, get some Doritos,'" 5 told Masters of Shred.

"And I would always hang out with Dave for years and years and years. So I’d just go over and we’d just talk about everything, play music and write songs, you know, all the time." 

5 continued, "So there was this time where we’d write songs early in the morning, and then he would rent out the studio at night. … We’d write, write, write and then we’d go into the studio. And we did that for a long time. … We had a collection of music."

You can listen to the song around 22:50 into the video below.

At the time of recording, 5 thought the song was almost complete as he prepared to head out on tour while Roth planned to have drummer Gregg Bissonette to come in to add his drumming part. However, the studio engineer at the time explained that it couldn't be done as the songs had been laid down without a click track, which makes it near impossible for any drummer to fit into the song.

"Dave's face dropped," 5 said. "I was out loading my car. … I’m leaning against my car and he said, 'John, I've never asked you for anything but I’m asking you right now. You have to re-record this record.' It was probably six at night and I [was leaving] at 10. This is my hero. … I go, 'I’ll do it.' So I unloaded all my stuff, which was agonizing, and I did it. I recorded the whole record again, to click."

According to 5, Roth loves the record but with other projects were still ongoing, it prevented its release at the time. 5 concluded the interview with high hopes, "So we'll see what happens in the future."