The recent statements from Eddie Van Halen that were directed to fellow Van Halen band member and frontman David Lee Roth aren’t exactly what dedicated fans wanted to hear leading up to the band’s summer tour.
During his now controversial interview with Billboard, Eddie Van Halen revealed that he doesn’t have any sort of relationship with Diamond Dave, stating that “he doesn’t want to be my friend.”
“How can I put this: Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality,” he said. “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.”
As any die hard Van Halen fan can easily attest, the fact that Diamond Dave is still the flamboyant frontman that he was four decades ago isn’t beyond comprehension, and is what of the qualities that brought the rock group out from the clubs of Pasadena, California and still brings them to arenas across the world.
The virtuoso guitarist continued by saying that he still wants to make another Van Halen record, which echoes his previous statements from last April, but directly blamed Roth for there being a lack of new material.
“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,” said Eddie. “And that used to kind of work, but now Dave doesn’t want to come to the table.”
Of course, that isn’t entirely true. It was just last month that Roth said that he is interested in working on a follow-up to 2012’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ but noted that “everybody has a different work ethic.”
“Everybody has a different approach. The Van Halens [Eddie and Alex] are perhaps a bit more traditional,” Roth explained. “I just spent the last two years living in Japan. I took the dog and my baseball hat and headed out. I didn’t know anybody there… nothing. I went to school and so forth.”
He continued: “My approach to life in general and the state of mind implied is a bit different. I’m obsessed. It’s not an option. It’s a question of what time you wake up and get started. And we’re always working and singing, making the music.
“I’m always writing and have written with a number of other people. And I would always look forward to doing it again with Van Halen, but that works on a very traditional… Think like The Rolling Stones.”
It wouldn’t quite be Van Halen if not for the seemingly never-ending carousel of drama, would it?