VAN HALEN: Roth Wants Anthony Back in the Band
David Lee Roth has no idea what will happen with Van Halen after their three June dates in Japan, where he now lives.
He tells Rolling Stone, "I would certainly look forward to working with Ed [Van Halen] on some new material... But truth be told, Edward and I haven't written a new song in 20 years... We'll always be able to play our hits... But in terms of taking the music past where we found it, I'm not sure where that's going to go."
Roth also wants bassist Michael Anthony back in the band. "We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment... There's an old expression saying, 'They don't go home singing the lighting show, they don't go home singing the production.' You're right, they sing my words and my melodies. And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever -- that was in Michael Anthony."
Roth says the dance remix of "Jump" was drummer Alex Van Halen's idea. "Alex had heard Elton John had taken his greatest hits and had it... We've had great success with it already... You just don't change the smile on the Mona Lisa? Well, the [hell] you don't."
In addition to studying martial arts in Tokyo, Roth says he's "written and recorded an entire album" with his old guitarist John 5. "It's called Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill, and it was designed as a jukebox musical after seeing what the South Park fellows did."
We reached out to Anthony who told us he was "very complimented by what [Dave] said." Eddie was unavailable for comment.