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Date: Feb 18 16:23:48 2013
David Lee Roth Wants Michael Anthony Reunion

Rolling Stone recently conducted an interview with the Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth.  Here are some highlights:

On a Van Halen reunion with all the original members:

But Ed (Eddie Van Halen) has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo, and there's an old expression saying, "They don't go home singing the lighting show, they don't go home singing the production." You're right, they sing my words and my melodies. And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever that was in Michael Anthony.

 On writing a musical with guitarist John 5:

I've written and recorded an entire album of material with a fellow named John 5. It's called Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar & Grill, and it was designed as a jukebox musical after seeing what the South Park fellows did. Those fellows are ardent Van Halen fans they're been to Vegas and L.A. variously on the last tour. I saw the play [Book Of Mormon] and went home and we started putting together what I guess is called a jukebox musical, but it's not particular to Van Halen. Indeed we can create Van Halen material as the interstitials, but we have 15 songs ready to go, and it's my story. Indiana kid goes to the big city, sells his soul to the devil. Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets Dave. It's knockout stuff.


On the band's latest release, A Different Kind of Truth:

As I've said, we haven't written a new song since I left in 1984. Almost everything on that record [A Different Kind of Truth] is from before we recorded the first album or out or about somewhere in that time frame. Wait, what am I saying? "Stay Frosty" is brand new, and I wrote that whole song myself. I wrote the chord structure, played the guitar, the vocals, etc. Therein that was remanded to the back side well, it's not a record anymore, side B, next to the last of whatever. It's an update, thinking symmetrically "Ice Cream Man," "Stay Frosty," I get it [laughs].

Read the entire interview at this location.



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