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David Lee Roth: Playing with Eddie Van Halen 'was better than any love affair I ever had'

The singer debuted Season 2 of his 'The Roth Show' podcast

David Lee Roth recently graced us with an unexpected end-of-year gift: Season 2 of his podcast, The Roth Show. The first season wrapped back in 2019, and the singer has already released two episodes in the second installment.

Among the many topics DLR covered in the first episode – including Kanye West, getting surgery on his big toe, and his recent Van Halen re-recordings – he touched on Eddie Van Halen, who passed away in October, 2020.

"My dear departed Ed," Roth said. "Boy, I miss him. I had a ball with Ed. Walt Disney once said, 'You know what? My love affair with Mickey Mouse was better than any love affair with a woman I ever had.'

"And I gotta tell ya, playing with Ed. Writing songs with Ed. Presenting those songs with Ed... was better than any love affair I ever had. And some of those songs, I think, might last forever. Or until the last syllable of time, like Shakespeare said. They became anthems. Where are they playing 'Jump' right now?"

Discussing "Jump," Roth continued, "I remember when he played it on the keyboard downstairs. I said, 'No.' 

"Well, we reflect the times, and the times at that times was guitars, guitars, guitars. And 'Jump' was one of those hybrids. It’s like the first time Volkswagen shows up. Is it cool?”