David Lee Roth’s Confession About Van Halen Brothers

Almost every band has dramas, conflicts, heated arguments, and clashing opinions. They often stem from creative differences, songwriting credits, royalties, and personal issues. While many bands survive these and continue together as a group, others disband and bid farewell to the music scene.

With Van Halen, their disputes were often related to creative differences. In 1985, David Lee Roth left the band for this reason after some conflicts with Eddie Van Halen. He then embarked on a solo career while Van Halen recruited former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar. In a 2019 interview, Roth made sincere confessions about the time he spent with the Van Halen brothers.

Were There Creative Differences In Van Halen?

In 1983, Eddie Van Halen designed and constructed a recording studio in his home. As a result, the guitarist gradually acquired a more authoritative role in the band’s recording process. This caused creative conflicts with Roth since their musical efforts were created without a significant contribution from the singer.

While Eddie wanted to experiment with keyboards and synthesizers, Roth wanted a guitar-heavy hard rock sound. After their sixth album ‘1984,’ Diamond Dave released his solo EP, ‘Crazy From The Heat,’ while he was still a member of Van Halen. In 1985, he decided to leave to focus on his solo career.

Did David Lee Roth And The Van Halen Brothers Hate Each Other?

Looking back at his tenure with Van Halen, David Lee Roth gave an interview on WTF With Marc Maron podcast in 2019. Speaking about his relationship with former bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Roth admitted that they always hated each other, right from the beginning until his departure.

According to Roth, they always had creative differences, and this caused tensions. As a result, they didn’t get along very well. Besides, Roth recalled they began their career in rival bands but ended up being successful together. The singer then resembled his relationship with Alex and Eddie with ripped jeans, saying everyone likes them for being ruined.

Speaking to Marc Maron, David Lee Roth said the following about his relationship with Eddie and Alex:

We have always hated each other, right up until the last phone call. There were always creative differences. We’ve never gotten along. We started in rival bands. Bitter rivals. But we were thrown together, and it was amazing.”

He then continued:

“Think of your favorite jeans; they’re ruined and full of holes. What you love most about them are the f*cked up parts.

A year after this interview, Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020. Following his brother’s death, Alex Van Halen began living as a recluse to grieve. In the end, Van Halen disbanded, and Roth continued working as a solo musician until announcing his retirement decision in October 2021.