Van Halen fans are waiting with baited breath as David Lee Roth gives more and more interviews talking about Eddie and Alex Van Halen and future Van Halen plans. Recently Roth spoke to Rolling Stone about the Van Halen brothers' unwillingness to bring the band's shows to foreign territories. With a new Australian festival date tagged on to the band's three-night run in Japan, Roth is opening up once again.
The legendary '80s frontman told Australia's Daily Telegraph: "The Van Halens, I think, are just now starting to value that which once was, which was the capacity to experience other worlds, other communities, particularly when you are a stranger in a stranger land. I find that so refreshing. And you gotta be prepared to be a beginner, you gotta be prepared to not have your cheeseburger and fries, you gotta be prepared for a lot."
- Roth spoke about his freewheeling bachelor days curing Van Halen's heyday, recalling, "In the days back when we would come off the road after a full year out, I would walk straight though to the international terminal and head for an adventure. I have earned the stars and scars. . . We were shooting some film the other day and I said to the make-up lady in Japanese: 'You see there are eight lines on my forehead? Each one is named after an ex-girlfriend'. And she points to the third and says and 'Which one is this, Dave?' 'That's Stacey from Dallas.'"
- When asked if he still has a fire in his belly before hitting the stage, Roth reveled: "That fire starts down around little Elvis long before it reaches the belly. Yeah, I named my d***. Actually I think it was Stacey who did. You think I'm kidding? My fire starts long before we even start to rehearse let alone get to the stage."
- David Lee Roth has been known to enjoy numerous romantic partners throughout the years, and has freely discussed his various liaisons in the past: "I think the record number was probably something like seven or eight. At that point, you know, I just resorted to, like, calling it like a volleyball game, where you just, you know, watch back and forth, and you go, 'OK, switch!' (laughs) And the formation changes, and . . . in French, they go, 'Changement!' (laughs)"
JUST OUR OPINION
- With the future of Van Halen perpetually in the balance, maybe Dave should cool it with the interviews.
- After telling Rolling Stone that he wanted Michael Anthony back in the band rather than Wolfgang Van Halen, every fan of the band figured that Eddie would be firing Dave again. He dodged that bullet, but WE THINK if he wants to keep this gig he should refrain from discussing -- or really even mentioning -- the Van Halen brothers in his interviews.
- Out on March 26th as a limited edition set will be Van Halen: The Studio Albums 1978 - 1984. The six-CD package will contain the band's first six studio albums, including 1978's Van Halen, 1979's Van Halen II, 1980's Women And Children First, 1981's Fair Warning, 1982's Diver Down, and 1984's 1984, which was the last record by the band to feature original singer David Lee Roth until 2012's A Different Kind Of Truth.
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