Wolfgang Explains How He Convinced David Lee Roth To Return Van Halen With A Phone Call
During his recent interview with The Washington Post, Mammoth WVH’s founder Wolfgang Van Halen talked about his recent album and also unveiled the story of his convincing former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth to reunite with the band at that time.
Van Halen members decided to disband the band after Eddie Val Halen’s death. Then, his son and the band’s bassist Wolfgang Van Halen founded his own solo band and started a new musical career. Mammoth WVH released its self-titled debut studio album on June 11, 2021, after releasing several singles such as ‘You’re to Blame,’ ‘Distance,’ and ‘Don’t Back Down.’ Wolfgang stated that the name of the band was a tribute to Van Halen
Before the disband, Van Halen had been through several line-up changes for years. The band’s lead singer David Lee Roth left the band in 1985 because of creative differences and desire to pursue a solo career. Initially, the band reunited with Roth in 1996 however his personal conflicts with Van Halen founder Eddie Van Halen led to his second departure.
David Lee Roth reunited with the band in 2007 with the help of the band’s new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen’s efforts after almost ten years. In the interview, Wolfgang Van Halen shared his secret way to bring Roth back when the journalist Geoff Edgers asked him how he managed to convince David Lee Roth to the band for the second time.
Wolfgang said in the interview that:
“I don’t know. It just felt like the most neutral way to go about it. We all agreed. It’s not like I went rogue and called him myself. It was like ‘I think I should call him,’ and we all agreed that that would be the most fun thing to do. I mean, I think it worked, considering the three tours that happened.”
Therefore, Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that he simply called Roth and said that he wanted him back in the band as the lead singer. His way of talking with Roth convinced him to return to Van Halen again. The new bassist of the band did his best to bring the golden days of Van Halen.