David Lee Roth Says New Van Halen Album And Tour Coming In 2015
Although fans had to wait nearly three decades between new Van Halen albums with David Lee Roth -- this time around the band is wasting little time. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that during a radio interview, Roth was quoted talking about the band's followup to 2012's A Different Kind Of Truth, explaining, "I was up at Edward (Van Halen)'s house, maybe three days ago. . . and we’re starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be, it's gonna be about 18 months, I think."
Roth shed some light on the band's massive pre-production for everything from their album covers to their tour merchandise: "We start way, way, way in advance. 'Cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc. We don't hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose -- we start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise -- if you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on. . . stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together -- it takes about a year-and-a half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls."
When asked about the actual material for the still-untitled upcoming album, Roth said: "Oh, yeah, we’re writing. I write lyrics routinely. It’s a perishable skill. And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They’re up at Ed's place, routinely."
Although the band's second frontman, Sammy Hagar, hasn't connected either musically or socially with Eddie or Alex Van Halen in a decade, he maintains that they stay isolated to the detriment of the band's music: "They're so out of it. They sit and they hide in their little closets, y'know? They never get out. They never go around to other people. They never listen to the radio. They don't do anything to stay current or to just keep their hand on the pulse, y'know?"
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