Friday, May 26, 2006
This from melodicrock.com...
GOOD OL' DAVE TALKING UP THAT REUNION AGAIN:
I had better run this for the record - but I know most Van Halen fans have seen it already after being posted overnight. Lots of e-mails today if I have any inside info. No, absolutely not. No info whatsoever aside from my own basic belief this is just Dave being Dave. I wish him well on his quest, but don't believe there will be any Van Halen activity in the near future. I as much as ayone look forward to the band's return when they are ready, but don't count on it being during 2006...
From Billboard.com --- Roth Predicts Van Halen Comeback
May 25, 2006, 3:00 PM ET, Gary Graff, Detroit.
Now out of one job, on the radio, David Lee Roth is seeking gainful employment in another capacity -- as lead singer of Van Halen. Again.
"I see it absolutely as an inevitability," says Roth, who was deposed by CBS Radio in late April as one of Howard Stern's replacements. "There's contact between the two camps, and they have legitimate management; Irv Azoff is part of their loop now.
"To me, it's not rocket surgery. It's very simple to put together. And as far as hurt feelings and water under the dam, like what's-her-name says to what's-her-name at the end of the movie 'Chicago' -- 'So what? It's showbiz!' So I definitely see it happening."
Despite that claim, Roth -- who was Van Halen's singer from 1974-1985 -- acknowledges that he hasn't seen Edward Van Halen "in a couple of years." The last time Roth recorded with Van Halen was for the group's Best Of Van Halen Volume 1 album in 1996, though there have been periodic rumors ever since [note: confirmed in March by bassist Michael Anthony].
Roth isn't sitting around while he waits for the call, however. He joins the John Jorgensen bluegrass band for two songs -- Jump and Jamie's Cryin' -- on "Strummin' With the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen," a bluegrass-styled tribute to Van Halen. Roth calls it "a detour" as well as "an interesting return...Before there was rock 'n' roll, there was me and a single guitar, flat pickin' Doc Watson (songs)." Roth plans to make a number of TV appearances on behalf of the album, which comes out June 6.
Roth is also planning to tour later this summer to play Van Halen hits -- "I'm so proud of that music," he says -- favorites from his solo album and covers. He says he'll leave the banjos and fiddles at home, though.
"I like to bring out the brass section now and the keyboard players and the singers and so forth," Roth explains. "It's probably a little closer to the Rolling Stones' revue than to the early three-piece power trio. But the demand is amazing; I guess I'm lucky enough to be one of those guys now who can point at the map and say 'Let's go here' -- or, rather, my favorite expression, which is 'Let's follow the sun.'"
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