David Lee Roth is the main reason the proposed All-Star VAN HALEN the tribute project has not yet moved forward, according to SiriusXM radio personality Eddie Trunk.
No progress was reported on a possible VAN HALEN tribute concert since April when the former METALLIC bass player Jason Newsted revealed to Palm Beach Post that he was approached by VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen about six months earlier about playing bass for the project. News told the Florida newspaper that he had agreed to go to California to jam with alexander and legendary guitarist Joe Satriani and see if it felt right to him, but he eventually realized that it would be impossible to do justice to VAN HALENthe inheritance. “How can you?” Jason said. “There’s no one who can top him, so how do you show him honor? I didn’t want it to be seen as a cash grab. And then it all kind of fell apart.”
Trunk offered an update on the proposal VAN HALEN tribute on his radio show last Friday (July 1), a day after going to see BLACK BASKETS perform at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I had a very, very, very reliable source who told me last night at BLACK BASKETS show that the heist on the VAN HALEN-everything that happens is a lot that falls on it David Lee Roththis David Lee Roth – without surprise ; this shouldn’t surprise anyone – is a hard guy to argue with, a hard guy to get an answer to, a hard guy to focus on anything, a hard guy to reach Approve on anything. He’s all over the map, as you’d expect and seen throughout history, and the big heist in everything with VAN HALEN is not alexander, who wants to do it and tries; It’s done Roth who must sign and get involved. Also, contrary to all reports of something different, alexander and [former VAN HALEN bassist] Michael Anthony are totally cool and there is no problem at all. And the stumbling block tries to get alexander and David on the same page and David want to do this and How? ‘Or’ What they will. And that’s really one of the big stumbling blocks. And no one missed it, like I said before, you got two Taylor Hawkins [tribute concerts] in two different countries [announced] two months later taylor passed approximately, and we arrive at two years [after VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen‘s death] and they can understand nothing for Eddie. It’s crazy. Hopefully this will be fixed.”
A month ago, Anthony confirmed at Trunk that he was involved in some of the earliest conversations about the VAN HALEN tribute.
“I haven’t spoken to him in a while, but I have speak with alexander on occasion,” Michael said. “And for the most part, we don’t even talk a lot about music – more just about family, how we’re doing and stuff like that. I know it still hurts him a lot when it comes to Eddie going and probably will be for the rest of his life. But I spoke with him and Dave last year about a possible something, but David just starting to go [talking really fast] And I’m, like, ‘Okay.’ And we just kind of had a conference call about having a conference call to discuss it, and then that other call didn’t happen for some reason on their end. I told them that I would obviously be interested. And it would be more like a celebration of music rather than putting something together and calling it VAN HALEN because it just wouldn’t be fair at this point.”
Anthony went on to say that he was unaware News participated in the discussions until Jason revealed it in Palm Beach Post interview. “He is the first who ID even heard of something like that,” Michael said. “And it was kind of interesting because he said he talked to [Dave and Alex] about a year ago, and it’s about the time I spoke with them. Then I do not know. i will have to call Jason and ask him. [Laughs]”
When Trunk noted that Roth said in his commentary on the VAN HALEN homage that “two of us” would be needed “for each position” in the project’s lineup, perhaps suggesting that more than one guitarist and more than one bass player would be involved in the show, Anthony said: “I was thinking about that too, but one thing changed my mind and made me think, ‘Well, Davidit’s just a kind of being David,’ and maybe he’s just saying it would take at least two people to be able to replicate what one person in that group did, and the reason I thought of that is that everything suddenly he mentioned the name Pink. He said that Pink should be one of David Lee Roth characters or singers, and I’m, like, ‘Huh.’ It just sounded a little too much’David‘ volume.
“But I do not know,” Anthony quickly clarified. “At this point, I have to tell you, I don’t know if anything will ever happen. Because alexander is – it’s really wrong. Him and Edward were so close everything levels – musical levels and personally and whatever. It just seems to me that it might be really difficult for alexander even stepping into something to bring back all those memories. I do not know. I could be wrong. I’m the guy who always says, “Never say never.”
According Anthonyproposal VAN HALEN the tribute would likely take the form of a single concert rather than a full-fledged tour.
“What we were talking about wasn’t really touring,” he said. “You take something like that on tour and people are going to think it’s a money grab. I would rather something, like a commemorative type thing, was done in a venue. And there were actually a few discussed places. But do it like that instead of taking it on the road. And make it a true celebration of music…
“Actually, I wouldn’t be up for touring right off the bat,” Michael continued. “I think holding a celebration of Eddie and the music and everything VAN HALEN the legacy is great. And let’s face it, none of us need money. I no money needed. I’d rather take the money and throw it into charity.”
Michael once again reiterated that he has no concrete idea if VAN HALEN tribute concert will take place. “I think it really depends on alexander“, he said. “And he has to be the person, really, who wants to do this and give his blessing to all of this to move it forward. And like I said, when we talk, we’re not even talking about doing something like that at this point. He always heals. And if it gets to this point, I’m sure alexander will be the first who wants to do something like this.”
When asked if there had been any disagreements between him and alexander and David during the last years, Anthony said, “Not at all. I only spoke to David this conversation we had last year and I couldn’t say a word, which is… it’s typical David. But I have talk to alexander occasionally, and that’s great. We’ll talk for, like, 45 minutes, an hour. And probably the first 20 minutes are alexandersometimes he tells me a bit about all the circumstances surrounding how everything happened with Eddie. But we basically talk about family and we actually reminisce about some of the old times on the road, to lighten things up a bit.”
In June 2021, Eddie Van Halenthe son Wolfgang Van Halenwho joins his father in VAN HALEN for the band’s 2007 reunion tour with Rothsubstitute AnthonyTold SiriusXMit is “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” it would be “great” to possibly organize a Eddie Van Halen tribute show. “It’s not in the immediate plans, because there are a lot of moving parts to corral for that to happen. But I really think it should happen. Absolutely,” he said.
When asked how he envisions the tribute concert in terms of which musicians should be involved, Wolfgang said: “I have no idea. All I know is that the focus should be one hundred percent on pop. Even though it might be a celebration of VAN HALEN and the history of the band, I think more than anything, it should be centered around him… That’s a big question and a big thing to understand. But I think it should happen at some point.”
In November 2020, Wolfgang Told entertainment tonight that proceeds from any tribute show honoring his father will go towards Eddiefavorite charity Mr. Holland’s Opus, which helps disadvantaged students gain access to musical instruments. Recipes from the first solo single from Wolfgangthe solo group of MAMMOTH WVH, “Distance”also benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus.
In February 2021, the former VAN HALEN singer Samy Hagar Told Kyle Meredith that he will make every effort to participate in the Eddie Van Halen tribute concert.
“I have nothing to do with the [Eddie Van Halen] legacy,” he said. “It’s their business – it’s wolfie, Alex Van Halen; they are family members. Anyone who wants to call me and say, “Here’s the date,” I’ll be there. I don’t care where I am. I will cancel one [solo] To display [if I need to]. [Laughs] [That’s] Something VAN HALEN would have never do. I always make this joke – canceling a show was [out of the question with] VAN HALEN. I went out sick without being able to sing, Eddie out with a crutch, alexander walked out with a fucking neck brace – we wouldn’t cancel the shows. But I will cancel my performance in tribute to Eddieany daytime.”
Eddie died in October 2020 at the age of 65. The legendary VAN HALEN guitarist died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
Eddie was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2000 and underwent tongue surgery. He later battled lung cancer and received radiation therapy in Germany. Things got worse in early 2019 when Eddie had a motorcycle accident. He was later diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent gamma knife radiosurgery to treat the condition.