David Lee Roth recently opened up on his working relationship with the late Eddie Van Halen. Roth believes that it was “better than any love affair” he ever had.
David Lee Roth talks about Eddie Van Halen
The 68-year-old Van Halen singer touched upon his songwriting partnership with the legendary guitarist in the first episode of the latest season of his “The Roth Show” podcast, which was released earlier this week.
“My dear departed Ed,” Roth said about his longtime bandmate who died in October 2020. “Boy, I miss him. I had a ball with Ed. Walt Disney once said, ‘You know what? My love affair with Mickey Mouse was better than any love affair with a woman I ever had.’ I’ve gotta tell ya: playing with Ed, writing songs with Ed, presenting those songs with Ed was better than any love affair I ever had. And some of those songs, I think, might last forever — or until the last syllable of time, like Shakespeare said. They became anthems. Where are they playing ‘Jump’ right now?”
Roth also reflected on the fact that “Jump” featured Eddie playing the synthesizer, a move that was seen as controversial among fans because Eddie was best known for his dazzling guitar solos.
“I remember when he played it on the keyboard downstairs. I said, ‘No,'” David laughed. “Well, we reflect the times, and the times at that time was guitars, guitars, guitars; and ‘Jump’ was one of those hybrids.”
Eddie passed away at the age of 65 after a years-long battle with cancer. His death was announced by his son Wolfgang.