Following David Lee Roth’s departure after the band's 1984 album, Van Halen famously took things in a considerably different, more pop-leaning direction. Now, we’ve received confirmation on just how different that direction could have potentially been. In a new interview, legendary rock-‘n’-soul singer Daryl Hall corroborated the rumor that, after Roth left, he was approached by Eddie Van Halen to join Van Halen as the band’s new front man.
Speaking to New York radio station Q104.3, Hall was asked by host Jonathan Clarke if the rumors of the ask were true. To which Hall laughed and replied, “Well, yeah. Actually, yes. I knew those guys really well and we actually shared some people, crew and things like that. And Eddie came to a show with Valerie [Bertinelli, Eddie’s then-wife]… and David had just left the band and Eddie said, 'You wanna join Van Halen, man?' He was half-joking, but I think he was serious. I really do believe he was serious. And I took it seriously, I went, 'Nah, I think not. I think I got my own shit going on.' "
Another rumor Hall confirmed during the interview? That the synth lick in Hall & Oates’ 1981 Number One hit, “Kiss on My List,” served as inspiration for Eddie’s keyboard part in “Jump.”
"That is correct,” Hall said. “That's what he always told me. [Eddie] said that inspired ‘Jump.’ ”
You can check out the full interview below.