David Lee Roth on Van Halen: ‘We’re Starting To Put Music Together’

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Good news for Van Halen fans: their well-received reunion album with David Lee Roth — 2012’s A Different Kind Of Truth  — was not a one-off.

In an interview on SiriusXM, Roth said that a follow-up to that album is in the works, although it will be a long time until it reaches the fans.

“We start way, way, way in advance,” Roth explained, “’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.” He estimates that it will probably be about 18 months before the album comes out.

But he confirms that work has at least started: “I was up at Edward [Van Halen]‘s house, maybe three days ago… and we’re starting to put music together. We’re writing. I write lyrics routinely. It’s a perishable skill.”

He added, “And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They’re up at Ed’s place, routinely.” When he refers to “the band,” he was likely talking about to the other members of VH: Edward, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen.

In a recent Radio.com interview, Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge described seeing the three Van Halen’s perform the entire A Different Kind Of Truth album for him, live in the studio, sans Roth. Check out the interview here.


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