Van Halen don’t want too much exposure
It may come as a surprise – but Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth believes there’s a limit to how much exposure his band should get.
During a recent TV show he explains his theory that their appearances should be like James Bond movies.
He says: “Those first 15 years you tour constantly. You’re everywhere. Now we’re on what I call the James Bond schedule. James Bond movies only come out every three years or so. It’s been around so long and it’s so familiar that, any sooner and its, ‘What did he just do?’”
In the full show Roth explains that his house in Pasadena is just about his only example of rock’n'roll excess when it comes to possessions, saying: “I’ve been here the length of the Van Halen career. A lot of folks in my position like things and stuff – an Italian sports car with a six-syllable name and an Italian trophy wife with a five-syllable name. This was the one material thing that I bought.”
Discussing his childhood he recalls: “I wanted to be things that were in books. I wanted to be a pirate. I wanted to work on an oil rig in Oklahoma and get into fist-fights in a beer bar. I wanted to go salmon fishing and almost get killed.”
That overactive imagination was fed by his father: “Pap took me to all the movies that engendered all that. It was Pap who gave me all the books and encouraged me to read.”
But while Van Halen may appear less often than they once did, Roth is enjoying a new lease of life with his online TV series, The Roth Show. He says it started off as an experiment: “You can prop something up with your famous name for a day or two. But does it really hold water? Let’s see if a new idea really has a chance. Inside a matter of weeks it really caught fire.”
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar recently told how he hopes to rekindle his friendship with guitarist Eddie Van Halen, while ex-bassist Michal Anthony admitted he was “flattered” by talk of a reunion.
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