Van Halen released a new album and toured arenas in early 2012. But, they disappeared from the spotlight as quickly as they appeared. The band canceled the second leg of their tour and emergency surgery sidelined Eddie Van Halen for several months.
The band plans on making up a handful of shows in Japan this June. After that, their future is uncertain and that is frustrating to David Lee Roth. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Roth discussed how much he wants to work, both on the road and in the studio. He said he recorded an album called Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar & Grill which is what he calls a "jukebox musical." He also recently worked on a remix of Jump.
Since Roth's return to Van Halen, the band has yet to tour outside of the United States. Roth calls that a "disappointment." He's also not pleased with the lack of communication between himself and Eddie Van Halen, "Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band."
The reference to a "reunion of the original band" might sting Eddie Van Halen. Later in the interview, Roth mentions original bassist Michael Anthony whom Roth calls, "One of the greatest tenor voices ever." Anthony was replaced by Eddie's son, Wolfgang, around the time that Roth rejoined the band.
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