Van Halen: The Soap Opera Continues

Author: Jim Johnson

Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has slammed founding and current singer David Lee Roth in a new interview with Billboard on the eve of the band’s first North American tour in three years. Eddie said about Roth, “He does not want to be my friend. How can I put this: Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I’m not going to be young again.”

Eddie squarely put the blame for the lack of new Van Halen music on Roth, saying, “It’s hard, because there are four people in this band, and three of us like rock’n’roll. And one of us likes dance music. And that used to kind of work, but now Dave doesn’t want to come to the table.”


SIDE NOTES: Elsewhere in the Billboard interview, Eddie Van Halen reveals his curious lack of knowledge or interest in any music made over the last few decades. He claims that the last album he purchased was Peter Gabriel’s So in 1986, that he doesn’t know most of the lyrics to his own band’s songs, and that he’s never listened to Radiohead, MetallicaGuns N’ Roses or Pantera, even though he spoke at the funeral of the latter band’s guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

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