David Lee Roth suggests the only person who could probably do his job in Van Halen is Pink
The Van Halen News Desk has reportedly obtained a statement from the one and only David Lee Roth who commented on the rumoured new Van Halen line-up that would include long-time drummer Alex Van Halen and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, and at one time apparently included former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.
It all started with Newsted who indicated in a recent interview with The Palm Beach Post that he had agreed to jam with Satriani and Alex Van Halen about six months ago but it just didn’t feel right for him to join the iconic group.
“I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something — a tour, something like that — that was gonna be a true tribute to [late Van Halen guitarist] Eddie [Van Halen] and the Van Halen legacy.
“For me, it was a terrifying prospect of doing something like that, but I realized that it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was just so honored to take on the challenge.
“It’s very complicated… And all I can really say about it is that if it does happen, I know we’ll make it the greatest thing ever for the fans and we’ll all celebrate together not only the great Eddie Van Halen but the legacy that that band created, the amazing amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes they created as a band.”
“These things are always happening in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep very quiet about it [laughs], because sometimes they don’t work out,” he said. “There’s usually about 10 crazy ideas that float around and musicians are always, like, ‘Okay, I won’t say anything about this ’cause it may not work out. I don’t wanna hurt this person’s feelings or disrupt any other business plans.’ So, yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public with it ’cause we were all sworn to silence. [Laughs]”
The Van Halen News Desk released the following quote from David Lee Roth yesterday:
“IN MY MIND ‘VAN HALEN 4K’, IN THE AGE OF COVID IS GOING TO REQUIRE TWO OF IS FOR EVERY POSITION. SATRIANI AND LUKATHER, ANTHONY AND NEWSTED, AL OR TOMMY LEE, PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO MY JOB WOULD BE PINK..”
Given that Roth had hinted more than six months ago that he was retiring and that his time was short, one would assume that the singer would not take part in any new Van Halen line-up and that might be why the singer suggested Pink would probably be the only one who could do his job. Interestingly, Roth mentions his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, whom he hasn’t played live with since the mid-’80s, as one of the two possible bassists but he fails to mention lead vocalist Sammy Hagar who hasn’t been shy in the last few years about wanting to do one more run with Van Halen.
Wikipedia states the following in part about Pink (with slight edits): “Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), known professionally as P!nk, is an American singer and songwriter. She was originally a member of the girl group Choice. In 1995, LaFace Records saw potential in Pink and offered her a solo recording contract. Her R&B-influenced debut studio album Can’t Take Me Home (2000) was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs: “There You Go” and “Most Girls”. She gained further recognition with the collaborative single “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, which topped many charts worldwide. Refocusing her sound to pop rock with her second studio album Missundaztood (2001), the album sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and yielded the international number-one songs “Get the Party Started”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, and “Just Like a Pill”.”