Shinedown’s Brent Smith To David Lee Roth Fans: ‘No Offense Intended With My Comment About Van Halen’

Shinedown frontman Brent Smith appeared on Q104.3 for a new interview and shared a memory of him with Van Halen.

Chatting about meeting his heroes, the rocker recalled how he met Eddie Van Halen. While telling the story of meeting his hero, Smith made a comparison between the two singers of the band, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Choosing his favorite, the rocker, making sure not to offend any fans, said:

“Definitely, there were two, getting to hang out with Eddie Van Halen on our first… Our debut album, we were able to go out, and Sammy was singing; no offense to anybody that loves David [Lee Roth], but I was always a Sammy guy.”

 Although the rocker was not familiar with Van Halen’s music, the two were still good friends, and the meeting was friendly too. He continued:

“The first big tours that we did, we did two months with Van Halen. I think it was because I didn’t want anything from him. I grew up not listening to Van Halen, but I wasn’t necessarily an officiato on the music. But being on that tour, I think we befriended each other because it was a genuine respect for one another.”

Eddie Van Halen Taught Smith How to Play One of Their Hits

The meeting of the two had been friendly but was not the end of their chat. During the second leg of their 2004 tour, where Shinedown opened for Van Halen, the two had more time to hang out. Ultimately, Eddie became a teacher for Smith to teach him one of the hit songs of Van Halen, you guessed it, ‘Eruption.’ He recalled:

“I was able to get a bunch of different lessons from him during that tour and we would talk about music; he showed me how to play ‘Eruption.’ He showed me how he plays it. Because I remember, I said to him, ‘How do you do the [tapping]? Show me how to do that.’ He goes, ‘Everybody messes it up.’ I go, ‘What do you mean they mess it up?’ He’s like, ‘Well, they all think that I’m pressing, the finger goes directly on the string.’ He’s actually sweeping the strings, so it’s kind of like an uptick, which gives it the sound.”

After Eddie’s passing away, Smith shared how much he loved hanging out with him, and touring with him was an opportunity of a lifetime.

You can watch the interview below.