David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen have had a turbulent relationship. Through their time in the band Van Halen, they both have traded verbal jabs, made up, then traded more verbal jabs. Eddie Van Halen is notoriously quiet and reserved in his private life. In the past couple years we’ve gotten more updates from outside people in his life, than from the man himself. David Lee Roth is the latest to put his hat into the Eddie Van Halen health update ring.

In an interview with the New York Times, he spoke at length about his touring, and of course about his relationship with Eddie.

I don’t know that Eddie is ever really going to rally for the rigors of the road again. I don’t even want to say I’ve waited – I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual – you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it. He’s a bandmate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.

David Lee Roth to the New York Times

David Lee Roth was famously opening for KISS on their End of the Road World Tour. He also had a residency in Las Vegas playing the greatest hits of his Van Halen tenure and his solo career. Whether you like David Lee Roth or hate him, his time in Van Halen is unreplaceable.

What Does This Actually Mean For David Lee Roth And Van Halen?

Now whether David Lee Roth is a credible source into the goings-on of Eddie Van Halen is a different story. There hasn’t been much news out of the Van Halen camp recently besides the outside sources talking. Until we get some sort of notion or news from Eddie Van Halen himself, you gotta take this and anything else with a big grain of salt.

Van Halen is one of the only bands that I truly love that I’ve never gotten to see live. In a perfect world they would do something similar to what Helloween did on their Pumpkins United World Tour with two singers trading off songs. But we all know the egos at play here. There’s no possible way to get David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar on the same bill, let alone the same stage.

So for the future of Van Halen, we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, we can always listen to our favorite albums by the band. What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.

Source: New York Times