David Lee Roth indicates material written with John 5 for solo venture and Van Halen will get released
Great news for fans of David Lee Roth and Van Halen as the singer plans on releasing his album that he recorded with guitarist John 5 sometime in the late ’90s / early 2000s.
In a recent interview with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station WRIF, Roth was asked whether the album would now see the light of day to which he indicated (as noted by Blabblemouth): “It will. There’s been a revision of things, and I can start making real plans and start marching into the future. And, of course, you’ll start hearing that material. This is material that we wrote variously for me solo and for Van Halen, and it’s quite a bank of stuff.”
In terms of the timing for the release of that material, Roth explained the his priority was “getting out on the road first. Let’s see the band, let’s show ourselves off, let’s travel all over the world.”
Earlier this year in an interview with Sleaze Roxx long-time contributor Ruben Mosqueda for Metal Titans and, John 5 was asked whether there was any movement towards the album that he recorded with Roth seeing the light of day. John 5 replied: “[long pause] I think it will see the light of day, I’m banking on it, because it’s such a great record. I can’t say for sure, but I think Dave is working with Van Halen right now, which is wonderful. I’m happy for him, that’s one of my favorite bands! I think it will come out when Dave is ready to release it. I think you’ll love it, it’s a wonderful record! I’m so proud of the album.”
Wikipedia states the following about Roth‘s work with John 5:
“In 1998, Roth released a final album of self-penned solo material titled DLR Band. The album featured a popular song, “Slam Dunk”, which, like a majority of the album, was co-written by rising guitar hero and longtime Roth fan, John 5. The album was considered a return to form for Roth by critics….
In 2003, Roth released his final solo album called Diamond Dave, which included one last self-penned John 5 collaboration among numerous cover songs.”