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Van Halen’s David Lee Roth Reveals His O’Jays Warm Up Routine

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There’s no doubt that while David Lee Roth plays for one of the hardest rocking bands ever in Van Halen, he’s got the showmanship of the old soul greats.


If you need any more proof of that, Roth provides it (in excess) in a new scrapbook video that showcases his warm-up routine to a soul classic – the O’Jays’ ‘Love Train.’

Currently posted at the Van Halen News Desk website, the extended clip shows 50 different versions of Roth working out to the song, getting his steps down, playing to a camera, and on occasion singing along to the classic.

You get Roth in a living room with the furniture cleared for his routine, in a skyline studio, aboard a bus, in different clothes, and even rocking out in front of the dog who’s keeping a watchful eye (as probably even the dog has seen all the leg kicks he used to do in Van Halen’s ’80s videos).

For those not familiar with the classic track (and you will be by the end of the video), the O’Jays had their biggest success in the early-to-mid ’70s after collaborating with producing and songwriting team Gamble & Huff. ‘Love Train’ became a No. 1 hit in 1973, and preceded such other favorites as ‘For the Love of Money,’ ‘I Love Music,’ and ‘Use ta Be My Girl.’

The O’Jays entered the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year later.

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