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David Lee Roth pays tribute to Van Halen with new song, ‘Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway’

'We laughed, we cried, we threw the television off that balcony,” the front man sings

David Lee Roth has surprise shared a new single, and this one is a wistful look back at his days with Van Halen.

Titled “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway,” the song was delivered with a pic of the original band lineup and opens with the lyric, “We laughed, we cried, we threw the television off that balcony.”

The track is the latest to be released from sessions Roth recorded with guitarist John 5 several years back but only began releasing last year.

Upon the release of “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway,” John 5 posted a message on his official Instagram page that read: “I remember being in the studio with Dave cutting this track — it was magic, one of my fondest memories. I’ve loved Van Halen my whole life and that will never change @davidleeroth.”

In late 2020, Roth issued a set of largely acoustic solo songs that saw him backed by a band consisting of John 5 on both guitar and bass, Gregg Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards and percussionist Luis Conte. Those songs – "Giddy-Up!," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill," "Lo-Rez Sunset," “Alligator Pants" and "Manda Bala," had been recorded roughly 10 years earlier, and finally saw the light of day as part of his newly-released online comic, The Roth Project.

Back in 2012, John 5 spoke to Guitar World about the sessions, saying that he and Roth had come up with roughly a full album's worth of material.

"Dave and I have about 12 or 13 songs in the can for a future record," he said. "And it’s all acoustic. But not strummy, campfire stuff – I’m talking lots of cool, crazy jazz chords, and 50 or 60 overdubbed guitar tracks, with all this harmonizing and other weird stuff going on. Dave’s vocals are incredible. He sings his ass off."

Roth recently unveiled another new song, a piano-tinged ballad titled ”Pointing at the Moon." You can check that one out here.