David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1955, in Bloomington, IN) is the current lead singer for the band Van Halen. He has periodically been the lead singer, having switched twice with Sammy Hagar, who will not be in Guitar Hero: Van Halen.
David Lee Roth is the son of the late Nathan Roth, an ophthalmologist, and Sibyl Roth, and the brother of Allison and Lisa Roth. Roth's paternal and maternal grandparents migrated to Indiana from Russia. One of his grandmothers was from the Azores, Portugal. Roth's uncle, Manny Roth, is an influential New York City nightclub owner and entertainment entrepreneur. Manny Roth built and owned the famous New York establishment Cafe Wha? in the early 1960s, when the likes of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix were working there. Seven-year-old David Lee got his first taste of, and desire for, show business from the inside by hanging out at Cafe Wha?.
Roth moved to Pasadena, California in his teens after living in Swampscott, Massachusetts and Bloomington, Indiana.
Roth was educated at The Webb Schools in Claremont, California and John Muir High School (Pasadena, California). He later attended Pasadena City College (as did the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex), although he did not graduate. During this period Roth worked as a hospital orderly.