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David Lee Roth Needed 14 Stitches After ‘Kimmel’ Nose Injury

By now, you’ve likely heard about David Lee Roth’s nose injury during Van Halen’s live performance for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. Roth wound up hitting himself in the face with a metal rod during the opening of their hit “Panama,” resulting in quite the bloody mess.

However, that didn’t stop the always energetic Roth, who slapped a bandage on his nose to stop the bleeding and went back out on stage to finish the show.

On Tuesday’s broadcast, Kimmel offered up a behind the scenes explanation (complete with slow-mo video) of the scene that unfolded that night.

He explained that Roth was twirling a metal rod like a baton during the opening when it clipped his nose, busting it open. Kimmel slowed down the raw video of the incident so viewers could see what exactly happened, quipping, “the world of baton-twirling is very dangerous.”

Kimmel said that the medic took a look at Roth, who suggested to just “put duct tape on it,” and the medic bandaged him up properly. Immediately after the show, Roth went to the hospital and the doctor had to put 14 stitches in his nose.

Kimmel joked, “do we think this is a good omen for the rest of the tour?” Let’s hope this is the only bad juju they experience on tour!


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