WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Says DAVID LEE ROTH Once Fired A Video Director 'Because He Wouldn't Film His Feet Well Enough'

May 6, 2022

In celebration of Mother's Day, former VAN HALEN bassist and current MAMMOTH WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen was joined by his mother, Valerie Bertinelli for this week's episode of "Wolfgang's Top of the Pack" on SiriusXM's Classic Rewind.

During their heartfelt and candid conversation, Bertinelli discusses her relationship with her late husband and Wolfgang's father, Eddie Van Halen, and wanting to marry Elton John before meeting Eddie. Bertinelli also shares why she thought LED ZEPPELIN's "Dazed And Confused" was actually called "Dave And Confused" for David Lee Roth's "lead singer disease." Bertinelli also talked about playing Alanis Morissette and Peter Gabriel for Eddie Van Halen during challenging times.

Speaking about "Dazed And Confused", Bertinelli told Wolfgang: "I, for the longest time, thought the name of the song was 'Dave And Confused' because when I first would watch the shenanigans that happened, I was new to watching a band and how they worked with each other… So I would watch what would happen, and I would notice when… Your dad had a saying called 'LSD' — he called it 'LSD' when Dave went on his little 'LSD rant,' which is short for 'Lead Singer Disease.' And then you'd see the crew kind of get scared and do everything, and everyone was, like, 'LSD. It's 'Dave And Confused' time.' And you just hear when someone goes [hums opening notes of 'Dazed And Confused'], just walking down the hall. And we're, like, 'Oh, God. Okay, we have to be careful,' and we'd start walking on eggshells. I always thought it was called 'Dave And Confused' until I… 'Oh, wow. Oh, it's 'Dazed And Confused. I get it.'"

Wolfgang chimed in, saying: "Yeah, I'm familiar with that too. I was in the band… I remember right before the first… In 2015, [Dave] fired the video director because he wouldn't film his feet well enough. 'Dave And Confused'."

Two months ago, Bertinelli dismissed the long-standing belief among some fans that she contributed to the split of the original lineup of VAN HALEN.

Bertinelli, who had spent a few weeks promoting her new book, "Enough Already: Learning To Love The Way I Am Today", opened up about her life with the legendary guitarist during an appearance on the "Literally! With Rob Lowe" podcast.

Speaking about what life was like after the pair began dating in late 1980 following their initial meeting backstage at a VAN HALEN concert, she said: "After Ed and I became involved, all of a sudden there was this rule that there was no girlfriends and no wives allowed on the road.

"I got along great with Al [drummer Alex Van Halen] and with Mike [bassist Michael Anthony]. It was someone else," she continued, apparently referencing David Lee Roth. "I don't know why he didn't like me, but what are you gonna do? I don't know why he didn't like me. I mean, I was always nice to him. I honestly don't know.

Bertinelli told Lowe that she hoped to eventually make peace with Roth, who recently announced his retirement.

"One day I'd like to sit down with him and go, 'Dude, what did I do? Honestly, I've always been a fan of yours. I think you're a brilliant frontman, I think you're a brilliant songwriter, I love your lyrics. Why don't you like me? What did I do?'" she said.

When Lowe asked Bertinelli if Roth believed that she was the "Yoko Ono of VAN HALEN," a reference to the wife of THE BEATLES' John Lennon who is often blamed for the iconic British band's untimely split, Valerie said: "Well, I have been accused of that, even though Yoko didn't break up THE BEATLES, and I certainly didn't break up VAN HALEN."

Bertinelli split with Van Halen in 2002 after 21 years of marriage. They officially divorced in 2007. Eddie then went on to marry Janie Liszewski in 2009, while Valerie also remarried, tying the knot with Tom Vitale in 2011. Valerie told People magazine that both marriages were struggling before Eddie's death. She eventually filed for separation from Vitale in November 2021.

In "Enough Already: Learning To Love The Way I Am Today", Valerie writes about saying goodbye to Eddie when the legendary guitarist died from cancer. She and Wolfgang, 31, were by his side in his final moments.

"I love you are the last words Ed says to Wolfie and me and they are the last words we say to him before he stops breathing," Bertinelli writes.

Eddie died in October 2020 at the age of 65. The legendary VAN HALEN guitarist passed away at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Eddie was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000 and had tongue surgery. He later battled lung cancer and had been receiving radiation treatment in Germany. Things took a turn for the worse in early 2019 when Eddie got in a motorcycle accident. He was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumor, and received gamma knife radiosurgery to treat the illness.

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