David Lee Roth And Alex Van Halen Stand Against Wolfgang VH: ‘We Don’t Want To Pay Lawyer Fees’
David Lee Roth has responded to Wolfgang Van Halen’s accusation that he is the reason why Van Halen’s final album, ‘A Different Kind Of Truth,’ isn’t available on streaming platforms. It turns out he isn’t the only one who doesn’t want to see the record online.
A few months ago, Wolfgang alleged that his only record with the band was absent from major streaming services due to Roth’s personal dislike for it. In his new video titled ‘Family Therapy..,’ Roth mockingly apologized for ‘upsetting some people’ and said he ‘loves’ his ‘old rock band’ and misses their late guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Other Members Don’t Think The Album Is Worth It
The video took a turn as the singer staged a chat between Wolfgang and a therapist, depicting the bassist’s frustration over his inability to receive streams for the album. The mock therapist bluntly informed him that his 2012 LP was ‘DOA (dead on arrival),’ ‘KTC (kicked to the curb),’ and ’a complete FP (faceplant).’ He added:
“Son, commercially speaking, you got you’re a** handed to you.”
Roth then hinted at a reluctance to deal with costly lawsuits with record labels and streaming services for an album he and Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen don’t hold in high regard. He suggested paying lawyer fees to renegotiate the album’s streaming presence wasn’t worth the effort. His words went on:
“Do you remember Leon Spinks? How about Larry Holmes or Trevor Berbick? Well, these were the last couple of Muhammad Ali’s fights, and nobody wants to remember them because they were no fun… And your albums with Van Halen are a lot like those last two fights.”
Wolfgang Wants To See It Streamed Online
‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ saw significant commercial success upon its release, selling over 411,000 copies in the U.S. alone by the end of 2012, though it was later removed from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music in October 2022.
Talking about this last October during a chat with SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation,’ Wolfgang shared:
“The contract ran out on putting it up on streaming services. So, we’ve been working on getting it back, but there are some people involved who do not like that record and are not making it easy to get it back up.”
Implying that DLR was the reason behind the record’s removal from streaming platforms, he added:
“I hate to say it because people will think I’m making stuff up, but it’s, like, man, I’d love to have the record back up there, but [Roth] doesn’t like it, and he’s not working with us to get it back up there. So, I hope people who like it have a physical version of it. [Laughs]”
The Van Halen Members’ Second Controversy In Two Weeks
Following the album’s release, Van Halen hit the road for tours in 2012 and 2015 with Wolfgang on bass, marking their final performances before disbanding. In a video titled ‘This Crazy Kid..’ last week, Roth blasted the bassist for throwing out his guests from a New York performance during their final trek:
“[He] commandeered a couple of monkeys to go in back, behind my back, over to the side of the stage and throw out these two great dames that I invited to be my guests to the show.”
His words continued:
“In fact, you aren’t gonna believe this s—. This f**kin’ kid, what he doesn’t know is that these two dames work for the accounting firm that represents him, not me. But as usual, he, just like his uncle and his uncle’s brother, stiffed them for tickets.”
You can watch both of the recent videos below.