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    Default We just had a great time bullshitting as friends...

    WHERE are those two videos???????

    Speaking of David Lee Roth, how did he come back into-and out of-the picture?
    Eddie: Dave happened to call me around the same time Sammy quit, because Warner Bros. had notified him that Greatest Hits was going to come out, and he had a few questions about the packaging and other details like that. I told him "Dave, I really don't know yet. I'll call you mid-week and let you know." We were on the phone for about 45 minutes, and we apologized for things we had said back in high school-even junior high. It was probably one of the best conversations I've ever had with him. Especially since, as long as I've known him, we were never really friends. But band-wise, it just seemed to work.
    A few days later, instead of calling David with the information on the Cd, I decided to drive over to his house. I told him that the basic idea was to do a single CD that would be half stuff we did with him and half we did with Sammy. that was another big problem we had with Sammy, by the way: he wanted to have more of his songs on the Greatest Hits than Dave's.

    What was it like going to Dave's house that first time?
    Eddie:We just had a great time bullshitting as friends. We hung out for about three hours and smoked some cigars. It was only about two weeks later, when I realized that the only new track that we had for the Greatest Hits was "Humans Being," that I came up with the crazy idea of having Dave sing on a couple of new songs. We thought about it for a couple of days and said, "Yeah, why the fuck not?" So I called Ave and said, "Would you be interested?" And he said, "Sure, I'm not doing anything." I was very clear that he was not in the band- that it was just a project. What I wanted to do was write five new songs and pick two out of those five.
    We had a little bit of a difficult time because we wrote a song for him that he didn't partiacularly care for. It wan't up his alley. So we got past that and Glen Ballard and I sat down with Dave, and I played him al this new material I had Eventually we narrowed it down to this pop song, "Me Wise Magic," and a shuffle, "Can't Get This Stuff No More," with a "Panama sort of groove. "Me Wise Magic" has a line it, "I know what you're thinking," which Dave felt uncomfortable with. He said, "That bid sounds so angry; it's just not me. People want to hear Dave sing." but I thought it was majestic; it takes you on a roller coaster because there are so many changes. I nicknamed it "The Three Faces of Shamus," because there is that first low part, the high part, and then the chorus. All three have completely different vibes going on. At first he wasn't into that one at all. A week later, I was still playing him songs when finally he said. "What about that first one?" So, finally, he came around and realized it wasn't as dark and angry as he originally thought.
    During this process, Dave and I were really becoming good friends. In my heart I really wanted to believe that he had changed a bit We worked and we worked and he actually thanked me for hanging in there with him. It was a struggle to find anything that would inspire him and that he could connect to. Finally, we came up with the other song, and Glen suggested the title and its premise. Dave came up with the lyrics, and it worked. Dave said, "Thanks, because anyone else would have probably thrown their arms up and said fuck it." And I said, "Well, you're a trooper, however long it takes and whatever. It's about making it a good song. There's no time frame here; it doesn't have to be done tomorrow, I just wanted to find something you like, and I'm glad I found one."

    So the two of you were able to put all of your acrimony behind you?
    Eddie:Oh, yeah, we were actually becoming friends. Before we went to the MTV Video Awards, we all sat down-because we knew we were going to get mobbed by the press. And it was actually Dave who said, "Let's tell the truth," Less to remember. and the truth is, we did two songs for Greatest Hits, we did two videos and that it.
    We could go out there and make a killing on tour with Roth, but we're not a nostalgia band. I would never just take somebody's money for playing old songs to bring back memories. Memories are memories, to be left memories. If we ever did that with Roth, we'd have to write and record a new record and then play a few of the old ones. I'm sure a lot of fans of the band would love to see it-but some things, like I said, are better left to memory.

    So why aren't you making a new record with David? Was there some sort of fracture?
    Eddie:Everything went to pieces at the MTV Video Awards. After we went out on stage to present the award to Beck, we started doing some interviews there, and I was just telling the truth-the way it is. I said,"If we do a tour we'll have to write and record a new record. But before any of that can happen, I have hip replacement scheduled for December 16th, and that's going to put me out of commission for at least four to six months."
    After doing a couple of these interviews, Dave's attitude changed. I asked him what was wrong, and he said, "Well, what's with this hip thing? Would you stop mentioning the hip thing?" I said, "Okay, no problem. In the next interview I won't say a word about my hip." He turned to me and said, "YOu fuckin' better not." And man, I lost it! I yelled, you motherfucker, don't ever talk to me or anyone like that again. Don't bother calling me anymore."
    I thought he had changed, but two minutes on stage and a half-assed standing ovation and he turned right back into the old Dave that I hated.

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    Some people will never change.

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    still sounds like it's dave to blame.we might of had a new record with dave if he didn't fuck it up o well
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    Who even knows if Ed is telling the truth with what went down with Dave? The brothers have not been exactly truthful about everything for the past 10 years. I think we all believe Dave fucked it up, but who really knows for sure. I wouldn't be surprised if the brothers told Dave he was back in the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockygotfingered
    Some people will never change.

    Which would probably explain why this band's lead vocalist is forever changing...


    "LSD"? Gimme a break.
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    more like LGD

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalen2079
    more like LGD
    Precisely.
    Waylon Jennings: 1937-2002.
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    RIP, Hoss!

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    Did anyone notice what Eddie said there?

    "... and the truth is, we did two songs for Greatest Hits, we did two videos and that it."

    So they made videos for those two BOV1 tracks? Right from Eddie's mouth!

    I wonder if they'll ever see the light of day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockGod5150
    still sounds like it's dave to blame.we might of had a new record with dave if he didn't fuck it up o well
    Funny, but Dave has a totally different take on it in his book. Same old story - we never will know what the truth is behind all of the bullshit.
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    Bad decision on Eddie's behalf.He seemed a bit naive with the "Project".
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    But when she leaves, where she goes?
    I got the feelin' she don't know either
    Wait like the wind, watch where she blows

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockGod5150
    still sounds like it's dave to blame.
    Of course it does, it came from Ed. Take that with what Dave has to say about it, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

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    Good read, where are those f'in videos, and it takes 2 to tango so we only heard half of the story. Does someone have Dave's side that they could post??
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    How old is this interview voivod?

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    Default It's Al and Ed's car

    Hey suckers. There are two side to every story. In this case is no different. The only story that matters is Ed's and not Dave's. If David was tell the truth, it don't matter because remember, Van Halen is like a car and Alex and Eddie drive that car.
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    Neither Dave or Ed like to live in a little place I call "reality". I am sure that the truth is not even close to either of their versions. Hell, I doubt Ed can remember half of it, at best.

 

 

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