David Lee Roth suffered a nasty cut to the nose on Monday evening, as Van Halen staged a gig live on Hollywood Boulevard in a performance taped for Jimmy Kimmel's talk show. The singer sustained the injury when he hit himself with his microphone stand while twirling it around during the band’s opening number.

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But Roth wasn’t going to let some blood interfere with his performance and after going offstage to receive a bandage the singer returned and continued on as if nothing had happened. The band were promoting their new live album, ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’ and recently announced summer tour. But the performance actually held much more significance.

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Despite being around for more than four decades Van Halen had never actually performed on national TV before Monday night. "We waited 45 years for this,” Roth screamed to the packed crowd, before the group launched into ‘Panama’.

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The band played an eight song set which included hits ‘Running with the Devil’, ‘Hot for Teacher’. and ‘Dance the Night Away’. During ‘Panama’ guitarist Eddie Van Halen treated fans to some impromptu riffing as Roth and his bloodied nose were being attended to. When the singer returned the band started the song again from the beginning.

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No mention of Roth’s injury was made during the televised version of the performance, on which the singer’s bandage was clearly visible, but no reason for it was given on air. The second part of the group’s performance will air on tonight’s edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, while on Friday the boys will be shaking up daytime TV, appearing on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.

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