To get the
most important question straight right away...
no, there is no reunion planned at all
with Van Halen. And there ain't any further tracks existing, besides
those few songs, we've recorded a few years again at the studio, -
real good songs by the way. But even then, we didn't see each other
very often. I mean, we don't get on with each other very well,
that's all. We had a divorce in the past, like between an old couple,
who had difficulties. All divorces are ugly. And you are only as big
as the little things which anoy you. When I remember back, I'm
definately proud of what we did together, and I don't regret anything.
But the future is open, and I say never - never again. I am aware,
that this subject is still beeing discussed in the business and that
there are rumours. If one day we are getting that far, I'm definately
the last one to say no and the first one beeing here. And you are
getting to know it first. But for right now there is nothing planned.
Halen 1984 - Monsters of Rock Nürnberg
I still do remember very well, when I sat down with Diamond
Dave and Eddy Van Halen back in 1984 at the Monsters of Rock
Festival in Nuremberg. And these two were still talking about
a bright future. "Jump" was climbing up the
international charts and everything seemed alright. But Dave
and Eddy didn't let me feel the already bad atmosphere within
the band. From this point it took almost exactly two years and
the partnership between David Lee Roth and Van Halen was
Everything had started so much promising in the early
Seventees. It was in 1974 when the Van Halen brothers first
formed a band together with D.L.Roth and Michael Anthony,
named "Mammoth". Very soon the name had to be
exchanged to Van Halen, because of problems with a group, who
owned this name earlier.
none other than Gene Simmons of Kiss, Van Halen soon became a group
with cultstatus, whereby David Lee Roth had become the absolute
In 1985 Dave released his first solorecord "Crazy From The Heat"
which brought the frustration in the Van Halen camp to the top. He
left the band, got bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Steve Vai to
join him and put his megaseller album "Eat 'Em And Smile"
out. It sold over 2 Million times and established David Lee Roth as an
very successful soloartist."Skyscraper" was released in
1988, which didn't reach the level of the album before. At this point
I met Mr. Roth for the second time and the man showed all the
selfconfidence you can get. Sheehan and Vai had already left
again to follow their own paths. But little Dave already worked on his
next shot "A Little Ain't Enough" which came out in 1991.
And there at our third rendevouz, Dave manifested once more his
opinion about a Van Halen reunion. Since then, he never really changed
his mind - at least for the past 14 years. Just to complete the whole
thing, I wanna mention "Your Filthy Little Mouth from 1994, a
Best of... CD - 3 years later and the single „Look At The People Here
Tonight“ in the year 2000. After that the touring activities
increased again with the result - a Live-DVD.
And last but not
least..... of course his latest album „Diamond Dave“ which
was released last year.
Inbetween it became a little
quiet around the sparkling rockstar. David Lee Roth is putting his
interests a lot in social word besides the music. The glammer from the
past has vanished, at least what's up to his visuall look. But his
attitude had never changed. And when he enters a stage it's still a
mixture between a Rockconcert, a Las Vegas Show and a big party. When
I asked him about that, he responses:
„Well, that's how Rock’n’Roll should be. Look at my fans
at the show. They are overdrawn,crazy and are flying 3 feet above the
floor feeling like having a car crash with a huge damage. And that's
how you should feel after a concert. Whether it's mine or anybody
Of course I ask myself, who is David Lee
Roth today. Has he changed a lot over the years - physically or
he's still three dimensional like you and me. He crys like you, laughs,
talks, swears and is seriosly happy. Most musicians create a single
cartoon image. They act like real unhappy boys beeing unhappy. Others
pretend a party animal image, playing arround on their guitars. They
are never happy, never sad but socially concious. I think I'm a
healthy mixture of intermidiate everything.That' me, that's
David Lee Roth.
Beeing 50 years of age, the
singer is in surprisingly good shape, although he's changed a lot.
became a boyscout when I was a little kid, and I training Kung Fu for
36 years. I'm fit in every kind of sports, but not good in any. I love
the challenge. Hey let's be competitor, taking part in life. Either
you are the victim or the animal. I belong to the last species. I can
only state my current condition and my little chickenlegs carring me
across the stage and I'm still able to hold a guitar in my hands at
the same time. I never think about these things. It happens
spontainously, like most things in life.
Has there ever been something
like an absolute highpoint in David Lee Roth's life?
of course! My highpoint was the moment when I realised, I became a
professionall waiter. I wait for the bus, I wait for the airoplane, I
wait to go on stage and I wait what might happen next. Most musicians
are not aware of this. But when you get to this realisation, you can
become very zen.
As we in Europe haven't heard of Dave a lot
lately, of course we gonna ask ourselves, how big is his popularity
still in America. And it is indeed quite big.At least Dave can still
go around the corner and buy his own newspaper in peace.
I can. This ain't Michael Jackson's story, crawling out of the back of
a limousine, dressed in spandexpants with his hair fluffed up
and his mouthmask, screaming: 'hey man, i don't have no privacy
anymore'. I put on my baseball hat, put on my favorite pair of jeans
and start walking. There is a way to talk, there is a way to walk.And
there is a way to get around the attention. You've gotta explore it.
And this what I put in my music too.
Of course we are interested in Dave's
opinion about the international musicmarket.
right now is like an malayan kid, who rides with a buddhist munch on
the back of a camel wearing spanish traditional clothes,
to go to a church, where there is a orgie celebrated to the music of
Beethovens 5th symphony. The whole thing mixed up with hip hop, if you
know what I mean. There are no straight lines anymore. Everything is
mixed up to a multi culti soup, which really ain't a disadvantage,
because there could be new directions developing. Ihave learned a lot
from Elvis and Jimi Hendrix. And I try to pass on my experiences..
And what is David doing next?
„everyone is asking me that: Fans, labels the media and the
business. My head is full of ideas constantly developing in my brain
cells. I call it *Dave's never ending barbecue party'. The dinner will
be ready sometime, and then I invite you all to join in.
David Lee Roth, - der egocentric, the sexsymbol, the fitness-freak,
and the crazy guy. He can live with every title just not with the one
of a perfectionist. He doesn't like it at all.....
me, what is perfectionism. I doubt, there is something like
perfectionism in Rock'n'Roll. Hey, what's your favorite pair of jeans
look like? Yeah... Mine too. They've got big holes in the knees and a
big hole in the but. Is this perfect? No, but it's absolutely
David Lee Roth 2005
on Dave's pic. above or on the speaker and
you can listen to the interview
from back then... (aprox. 12 min. length - via WMP )