DAVE LEE ROTH Addresses VAN HALEN Reunion Possibilities

June 14, 2003

Ed Condran of The Oregonian chatted with David Lee Roth and asked if there was any chance of a reunion with his ex-VAN HALEN bandmates. "There will have to be an intervention with Eddie [Van Halen] before we even start talking again about going out on tour or making an album," he said. "I don't want to get everybody worked up again with all of the millions of dollars of expectations. On the positive side, I think 'hope springs eternal' is an axiom to live by."

When asked about the possibility of VAN HALEN being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and how the current and former members of the band would sort everything out for an evening, Roth said, "I'm going to look at [bassist] Mike Anthony and say, 'It was a great time, and you were there.' I will look at the drummer [Alex Van Halen] and say, 'We were creative and fearless, and you were there.' I will look at Eddie and say, 'Hey man, we made a contribution, and you were there.' I will look at Sammy [Hagar, who succeeded Roth as VH frontman] and say, "You weren't there." [laughs hysterically]

With regards to Eddie Van Halen's 1997 statement that Roth and Hagar should back up Sammy's successor Gary Cherone for the VAN HALEN induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave said, "It sounds like Ed needs a better writer. That was back when Gary was his singer and his soulmate. I'm hesitant to attack Ed since he's neither in a physical or spiritual place to defend himself. It's only fun to crucify people with hilarity if they can respond to it. I don't even think Eddie is aware of what's going on around him. Darkness is over him, and it's all-consuming at this point." Read more here.

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