David Lee Roth’s Unreleased Song “Wash and Fold” Is Out Now
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Rock icon David Lee Roth has unveiled a hidden gem from his musical vault – “Wash And Fold,” a previously unreleased song recorded during 2007 sessions with John Lowery, popularly known as current Motley Crue touring guitarist John 5.
In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Roth shed light on the track’s origins, stating,
“It’s called ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar & Grill,’ and it was designed as a jukebox musical after seeing what the South Park fellows did.”
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The narrative of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar & Grill” unfolds like a musical journey, revolving around an Indiana kid who, akin to The Wizard Of Oz, goes to sleep.
“The characters in his life, the butcher, the baker, and the newspaper guy, pop out of posters and sing him a song called ‘Giddyup.’ And he finds his way to all the good things in life, having discovered rock in the Sixties, and there’s a song titled ‘Alligator Pants’ – yes, I own a pair, I wore them for the last two tours. And things go horribly left-of-center wrong, of course, when you sell your soul to the devil, and one of the tunes is called ‘The Shit That Killed Elvis.’ So yeah, it’s pretty stellar material.”
This collaboration with John 5 marks a reunion for Roth, dating back to their work on Roth’s 1998 release, “DLR Band.”
Their musical paths crossed again when John 5 joined Marilyn Manson’s band, co-writing a track for Roth’s 2003 covers project, “Diamond Dave.” Subsequently, John 5 joined forces with Rob Zombie in 2005 before embarking on his current journey with Motley Crue earlier this year.
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