David Lee Roth Shares Van Halen Tribute Song ‘Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway’

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David Lee Roth has released an ode to his former band Van Halen with new song “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”, the latest in a collection of tracks Roth first recorded with Rock Zombie guitarist , John 5, many years ago.

We laughed, we cried / We threw the television off that balconythere / This memory means so much to me sings Roth on the acoustic track. Roth, who left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career, reunited with the Van Halens in 1996 and 2006, a year before the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band last performed together on October 4, 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, five years before founding member and guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away in 2020.

“I remember being in the studio with Dave cutting that track,” John 5 said of the song on Instagram. “It was magical, one of my fondest memories. I’ve loved Van Halen all my life and that will never change David Lee Roth.

In 2021, John 5 first revealed that the pair wrote and recorded a track on Van Halen in 2016, which was never released. “This song is so awesome, and I’m literally going to be begging Dave and Dave’s team to release this song,” he said. “It’s about Van Halen, and it’s so good. I mean, it’s so good. And I just wish he would set him free. He added: “It’s not just about scratching, it’s sophisticated. And that [took only] a couple takes, and Dave nails it. I mean, you would have heard that and [said]’Oh, it could have been on Women and children first.’ This is Dave talking about the good old days. Nothing could have stopped [Van Halen], and nothing helps. I’m having chills right now.”

“Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway” follows the newly released track from previous John 5 sessions, “Pointing At The Moon”. In 2020, Roth also shared “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar & Grill” as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen.

That same year, Roth unveiled five songs attached to his webcomic The Roth Project in 2020 and has since declared he is retiring, but has hinted that he will be joining an Eddie Van Halen tribute tour.

“There’s always a tomorrow for a singer,” Roth, 67, said in May 2022 when he teased his retirement after performing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at a friend’s birthday party. close. “How many times has Rocky retired? Seven. I think number three was my favorite. How many times did Rambo have to come out of retirement to do the sequel? I wrote the songs. I named the group. I’m only halfway through my first retreat.

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