Jeff Young Is Proud Of Refusing ‘Lunatic’ David Lee Roth’s Offer

Ex-Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young sat down with Canada’s The Metal Voice, and in the new interview, he shared that he ‘passed on’ auditioning for David Lee Roth‘s solo band in 1990, and he’s glad since he has now figured out that Roth is a ‘lunatic.’

He was offered the gig through his management at the time; however, he decided not to go along with it, and his friend Jason Becker, who had been living with ALS for over 30 years, ended up taking on the role of the guitarist for the band.

Young also shared that he wasn’t in love with Roth’s voice and knew he would eventually end up in Vegas. He didn’t see his career going in that direction, not to mention the fact that the guitarist later found out that the vocalist was, in his words, a ‘lunatic,‘ so he knows that he made the right call not to be involved with Roth’s band.

Jeff Young’s words about David Lee Roth read:

Jason Becker got the [gig], which I’m glad because that gave him a chance to do one really killer project before he got sick, and he was a buddy of mine. Once I saw his movie, I was glad I passed on it. I was being managed by Diamond Dave management, and that’s how I got that offer.”

He added:

“No, I turned it down. I thought he’d end up in Vegas. And that was all the way back then. And where did he end up? In Vegas, there you go! I might have ESP or something. I just don’t really like [Roth’s] voice, to be honest, and now I’ve since learned he’s a lunatic. I made a great choice. He’s nuts.

The guitarist has moved on, and currently, he and another former Megadeth member, bassist David Ellefson, are counting down the days until their band Kings Of Trash‘s release of a live CD/DVD package titled ‘Best Of The West…Live At The Whisky A Go Go’ on March 24th.