By: Leslie Feffer
Almost from the moment Van Halen’s tour ended this past October, fans and media have been speculating about the band’s future. They have scrutinized and analyzed every video, photo, and Tweet from anyone associated with the band. Last week, they puzzled over another big clue as singer David Lee Roth shared his thoughts about his future with Van Halen in the latest episode of The Roth Show (released May 24).
Early in the 36-minute podcast, he confidently spoke about his plans: “It’s not like my career path is gonna be altered. I sort of know what the next 10 summers are gonna bring,” Roth said. “Eddie Van Halen aside — those are ups and downs — I don’t know when we’re going to tour, but I have a sense that we will. I don’t know that we’re going to record again, when that will happen, but I get the sense that it’s gonna happen.” He ended the episode with his cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
While Roth has been putting out an average of one podcast a week since resuming his online presence earlier this year (after a sudden and never-explained yearlong internet blackout that began in January 2015), this is the first time he’s publicly addressed Van Halen’s future, since the end of the 2015 tour.
Bass player Wolfgang Van Halen has been working on a solo album, but has said nothing publicly about the band. According to his friend (and sometime bandmate, in Tremonti) Mark Tremonti: “He’s recorded about 24 songs, but it’s all just music at this point, there’s not any vocals done yet.” There is also no word on whether Wolf will go out with Tremonti’s band on their European tour this summer.
Meanwhile, Eddie Van Halen has also been busy — while maintaining his infamous (and often frustrating for fans) silence regarding the band’s future. The guitar legend is known for donating instruments from his extensive collection to various charities, to be used in fundraisers. On June 4, another of his autographed guitars will be up for auction at the Stars Guitars fundraiser in Dearborn, Mich. The money raised at the event will “provide college scholarships to young cancer survivors and helps with long-term treatment plans to make sure they stay healthy.”
A black guitar signed by Eddie is available, with the current bid at $1,100. Other auction items include: salon services, sports memorabilia, and guitars autographed by other rock stars (such as Ace Freely, Cyndi Lauper, and the members of Boston).
After nearly 8 months of relentlessly deciphering Tweets, interviews, and photos, fans have no more information than they did when Van Halen left the stage at the end of their last tour.