Van Halen Working With David Lee Roth Again

    December 2, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Van Halen was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s, and while drugs, alcohol, and tension within the band caused too many problems for them to continue on that path, the original members still have creative love for one another. Now, they’re working on new music together, and frontman David Lee Roth says we can expect new music in about a year and a half.

“I was up at (guitarist) Edward (Van Halen)’s house, maybe three days ago – just before I came here to the city – and we’re starting to put music together,” Roth said in an interview on Sirius XM. “Not to give away exactly what the package will be, it’s gonna be about 18 months, I think.”

The reason it will take so long, Roth says, is because the band has a hand in every single aspect of a new album, and it’s the same way with shows. While he admits it can be a drawn out task, Roth says that’s just their creative process.

“We start way, way, way in advance, ’cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc. We don’t hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose…. we start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise – if you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on… stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together – it takes about a year and a half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls.”

Roth’s last project with the band–the 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth–was a critical success, a wonder considering the group spent two decades mostly apart, with Roth joining them in 1996 to great fanfare only to fall out with them when Gary Cherone was chosen over him to sing lead vocals.

  • Jeff

    I am the self proclaimed Best Rock Fan in the world… I saw VH when they were kings, I saw Van Hagar and realized Sammy has more talent in his little toe than David Lee Roth has in his whole body. My wife took me to Rock USA for my 50th Birthday all I have to say is, “Thank God for Jackyl cause Don Dokken you should start drinking again, Ratt needs to go back into the cellar and Van Halen how did Godsmack say it a couple days earlier? Just go away!!!” You got it? New music how many more ways will you suck? If it wasn’t for the southern gentlemen from Jackyl my 50th would go down as the worst birthday present EVER! There isnt enough Alcohol or Drugs in the world that could make these guys sound good! Michael Anthony don’t worry man I cant wait to go see Chickenfoot!Ive seen Sammy solo and with you by his side in VH you didn’t go wrong making music with the Red Rocker.

    • Adam

      Dude, that is possibly the greatest review I’ve ever read on anything. You seem shit-faced, and I like that. The idea that DLR is good with Van Halen is a terrible myth that we’ve been subjected to for the last 30 years. Sammy Hagar isn’t Van Halen, he’s better than Van Halen and they were lucky to have him for a bunch of years. Happy 50th man, I hope you have many more to talk about good music and what goes into it.

    • Diamond Duffy

      Probably the dumbest post I read in a long, long time, dummy.

      Diamond Dave is the ONLY reason Van Halen is still relevant. Do you realize VH sold out the 50,000 seat in Tokyo because Dave was over there promoting the band and their music, like a master showman does?

      Last time I checked, Sammy Hagar can barely fill a 100-seat bar with his obscure band called Chicken-Turds or something. He’s openly admitted he makes NO MONEY from this band because they stink so much. How’s that hit ya in between in the eyes, bub?

  • rodger

    You the Band “Van Halen ” who are great in their own right ! then you have Roth who is and always be the real vocal master behind Van Halen , all others including Hagar are stand ins. It’s almost like Roth and Van Halen are the perfect Friends with benefits example, they’re not in love, but when they hook up the result is inebriating and sexy .. and many get off with them..

  • Jim

    Right on Rodger!

  • Carol

    Diamond Duffy is absolutely correct. As a woman who rocks, I will only follow VH if Diamond Dave sings. Unfortunately he let the drugs and booze kill his sexy blonde rock God image and at times, his howl. There are only a few magnificent rock things in the world and the riff of EVH along with the drumming of AVH, Michael Anthony’s bass accompany and Diamond Dave showing up. Besides, go back to re earliest VH and you will know that 5150 ain’t got nothing on 1984. Sorry.

  • John

    I’ve seen all 3 Van Halen, with Dave/Sammy, Sammy solo and Dave solo. I have to say that they are all great in their own respects, however Van Halen was/is at it’s best with Dave out front. Women and Children 1st, Van Halen, Diver Down, etc all graet (albums)…….

    • Tropical Breed

      U are correct John…DLR was the best[back in the day] but he is washed up and his vocals really suck now. Everybody wants to hear the old frontman Dave but that will never happen. Sammy Hager was a cool replacement and did VH his way. I think they would have had more hit albums if they stuck with Sammy. IJS

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  • mikeyD

    Sounds like the band practices 3 times a week without Dave – these days it’s Eddie’s band and he let’s Dave sing with him – is he even a real member of the band? It really sounds like he’s just contracted to sing.

    “Hey Dave stop by the house pick up some demos I’ve been working on in 18 months I have you back to sing on them. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out”.

  • Mike

    Hope its better than the last one ! DLR & Sammy wer both great in dif ways ! Sammy was a huge star before he Joined VH ! Have we forgotten I Cant Drive 55 ! Title song was a smash hit & anthem and the album went 4xplatium ! Eddies inflated ego caused alot of problems and the classes way he fired Michael Anthony was low class ! Chicken Neck had alot of huge crowds like when i saw them in Dallas ! 70 thousand attended it !

  • kelafarr

    You don’t get it. It is not about a TALENT contest between Sammy and the Dave.
    It is about witnessing the inspiring sunrise, feeling the earthquake below you, experiencing the raw nerve emotional heights, joyously laughing with 20 thousand of your best like minded pals while being led down a glorious and soul-fulfilling path by the PROTOTYPE FRONT MAN. Not singer, not musician. FRONT MAN.
    Sammy is a guy in a band. Albeit, a good one.
    Diamond David Lee Roth is a state of exhilaration that the mind can barely comprehend.

    • WALT

      I think anyone that thinks Roth is netter is nuts. I was at Farm Aid when Sammy and Eddie announced to the world they were joining up. They didn’t even have any music yet. They did 3 Led Zep songs and rocked the place. Something David could have never pulled off. The best???? Sammy by a long shot. Oh and by the way 5150 out sold the one before by mega amounts so, nice try there!

    • Jeff

      I find it so entertaining when a pot is stirred with a spoonful of truth. Anybody out there who argues that DLR with VH is even the slightest bit worth your time or money needs to just put your money where your mouth is and go see these a-holes what kind of super group puts on a 15 minute video of sheep in a field and takes a break? Go see for yourself but please take earplugs if you don’t you’ll do what I had to. Flip off the band and leave! Believe me I was just joining a huge crowd of pissed off fans (now ex I’m sure)leaving who had hopes for a great show.

      Oh by the way Diamond Duffy Id love to compare resumes with you but with a name like “Diamond Duffy” how dare you call anyone Dummy?

    • Island Rocker

      Keep smoking that kush dude and believe what you want…doesn’t make it true but whateva floats your boat.