David Lee Roth, the legendary frontman of Van Halen, has recently shared an acoustic performance of the band’s classic hit, “Panama”, on his show, The Roth Show. The video was recorded during the band’s “The Downtown Sessions” at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and was featured on the Deluxe Edition of their 2012 album, “A Different Kind Of Truth.”
Alongside the acoustic version of “Panama,” the recording session also featured stripped-down performances of “You And Your Blues” and “Beautiful Girls!” Produced by Van Halen and John Shanks, “A Different Kind Of Truth” marked several firsts for the band, including their first album of new material in 14 years, their first with Roth in 28 years, and the debut of bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.
“Panama” was the third single released from Van Halen’s album “1984.” It was a huge success in North America, reaching No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. In Canada, it peaked at No. 15. The song has become a fan favorite and a staple in the band’s live performances.
Fans of Van Halen and David Lee Roth can check out the acoustic version of “Panama” on The Roth Show. For those who want to listen to the original version of “Panama” and other hits from Van Halen’s “1984” album, it is available for purchase.