Nearly thirty years after peeking at No. 3 on the Billboard charts with a cover of the Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth joined the stage for a duet of song with its original songwriter, Mike Love, for the very first time.
Roth and Love teamed up for a performance of the classic song at the 21st ELLA Awards benefit Thursday night in Beverly Hills, reports Rolling Stone. Love was also the gala’s special guest of honor, and Roth flew in from Tokyo to help the Society of Singers honor the Beach Boy.
Before launching into the song, Roth expresses his gratitude to Love for helping inspire him during his start in music. Roth had covered the classic Beach Boy song (co-written by Love and Brian Wilson) on his 1985 solo EP Crazy From The Heart.
“I’m supposed to make a small address here. I don’t know how small this can be – these are clearly mentors. If you tear open in the first Van Halen album, beach sand falls out. We picked up the ball a few summers after you fellas,” Roth said.
The duet also features a cameo by honorary Beach Boy John Stamos (who also hosted the event) playing guitar on the song. Other performers during the ELLA Awards included Bill Medley, Dean Torrence, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, America, Lucy Lawless and Rita Wilson.