David Lee Roth and Fourth of July: Why can't this be love?
Friday, 06/16/06

You may recall that David Lee Roth said on late-late-night TV guy Conan O'Brien's program that he was going to come here July 4 and play the Riverfront show.

That ain't gonna happen.

Seems the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau had booked the show before the former Van Halen frontman's late-night declaration. On the bill: Ronnie Milsap, Josh Turner, Danielle Peck and the Nashville Symphony. And that lineup's not going to change.

"It just didn't work out," Roth publicist Elaine Schock said Thursday. "It's too crowded a bill, for one."

Boo! This is a giant bummer! You've gotta know that David Lee Roth would add his own fireworks to such a nice, safe lineup.

Dare I say that even Mayor Bill Purcell who himself appeared in Rolling Stone magazine in a picture with another Van, Van Morrison was looking forward to Mr. Roth's performance July 4.

After all, David told Conan he was "the mayor of Nashville."

The actual mayor was a bit dubious.

"To be the mayor of Music City, being in Rolling Stone is helpful, but it's not sufficient," the real mayor said at the time.

Perhaps David will be able to increase his mayoral cred later this year. No, he won't make the Fourth of July bash, but his publicist says he indeed plans to make a Music City stop sometime soon.