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David Lee Roth shares newly-recorded version of 'You Really Got Me'

It's the latest 'studio live' remake from the Van Halen front man

We've heard Van Halen's "Panama," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Dance the Night Away," and now David Lee Roth has now unveiled a new recording of the the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," famously covered on Van Halen's 1978 self-titled effort and released as the band's debut single.

Like the previous tracks, You Really Got Me" was cut at the same May 3, 2022 session at Henson Recording Studio in L.A., with a band consisting of guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler and drummer Francis Valentino.

As Roth explained to the Van Halen News Desk, he and the band recorded 14 songs in just two hours, and, he said, “It’s all LIVE & it’s Van Halen free. No samples. No autotune.”

Late last year, Roth surprise-released a set of largely acoustic solo songs that saw him backed by a band consisting of John 5 on guitar and bass, Gregg Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards and percussionist Luis Conte. Those songs – "Giddy-Up!," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill," "Lo-Rez Sunset," “Alligator Pants" and "Manda Bala," had been recorded roughly 10 years earlier, and finally saw the light of day as part of his newly-released online comic, The Roth Project.

He has since followed that up with two more songs, the piano-based "Pointing at the Moon," and the Van Halen tribute, "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway."