Erika Martinez of the New York Post is reporting that VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth has stopped "runnin' with the devil" to do God's work — riding ambulances in gritty neighborhoods throughout the city to become a paramedic.
The famed rocker has cut his trademark blond mane and dropped his celebrity persona so he can ride unrecognized with ambulance crews in The Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn several nights a week.
Several weeks ago, the charismatic crooner saved the life of a Bronx woman who had a heart attack by shocking her back to life with a defibrillator.
The Post caught up with Roth last week as the 1980s icon grabbed a slice of pepperoni pizza after sitting for hours in an ambulance waiting for a call.
Just three days earlier, he had played to an adoring rock-'n'-roll crowd in Minnesota.
Roth, 49, initially expressed reservations about discussing his latest endeavor because he felt publicity "would diminish what I am trying to do here."
But the following day, he told The Post more about his new passion.
"I have been on over 200 individual rides now," Roth told The Post. "Not once has anyone recognized me, which is perfect for me."
"It has been an eye-opening adventure," said Roth, who asked The Post not to disclose which "very colorful neighborhoods" he works in because he doesn't want to draw attention to himself or his colleagues. Read more.