The David Lee Roth Fetish Photo Shoot That Almost Sank Van Halen
Written by Sarah Norman
Van Halen Were At The Top Of Their Game In 1979
The budding hypersexual persona of frontman David Lee Roth in 1979 would seem the perfect subject for edgy fashion photographer Helmut Newton. Maybe so -- but there were three other guys in Van Halen who didn't want the bondage-themed photos on their album cover.
When fans went into record stores in March 1980 to buy Van Halen’s third album Women And Children First they found an album cover showing the four members of the group jammed together and grinning in black and white like the American Beatles. They were four friends having the time of their lives.