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David Lee Roth Reflects On Working With Eddie Van Halen: Better Than Any Love Affair

David Lee Roth recently opened up about his working relationship with Eddie Van Halen, which he called one of the best of his life.

In the first episode of the second season of his “The Roth Show” podcast, the former Van Halen frontman recalled the band’s earliest days and recent passing away of the legendary guitarist.

“Boy, I miss him,” Roth said. “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 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?” he added.

Meanwhile, on the music front, Roth has recently been sharing cover versions of the band’s songs.

The singer recorded several songs on May 3, 2022 as part of an extremely fast-paced session. The covers include “Everybody Wants Some!!” “You Really Got Me,” “Dance The Night Away,” “Panama” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.”

The singer was joined for the session by guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler and drummer Francis Valentino. The Roth band went into Henson Recording Studio and recorded 14 songs in two hours.

(Photo: Abby Gillardi)

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