David Lee Roth opened up about the future of Van Halen. He told Billboard, “Everybody has a different work ethic. Everybody has a different approach. . . (Eddie and Alex Halen) are perhaps a bit more traditional. My approach to life in general and the state of mind implied is a bit different. I’m obsessed. It’s not an option. It’s a question of what time you wake up and get started. And we’re always working and singing, making the music. I’m always writing and have written with a number of other people. And I would always look forward to doing it again with Van Halen, but that works on a very traditional. . . think like, the Rolling Stones.”
Roth completely ruled out Van Halen ever performing Sammy Hagar-era material. “Well, there’s a credibility issue there. Good, bad, or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn’t. And that’s why it sold half as well. Literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don’t need no helper. (There) ain’t no rehearsing pants in my closet.”
Van Halen’s appearance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards marked the first time the current lineup of the band has performed at an award show. The band kicks off its 41-date North American tour on July 5th in Auburn, Washington.