6RR Spotlight

David Lee Roth Won’t Sing Van Hagar Songs


David Lee Roth shed some light on future Van Halen live and studio work. Regarding future projects, Roth explained to Billboard, “Everybody has a different work ethic. Everybody has a different approach. . . (Eddie and Alex Halen) are perhaps a bit more traditional. I just spent the last two years living in Japan. I took the dog and my baseball hat and headed out. I didn’t know anybody there. . . nothing. I went to school and so forth.”


He went on to say, “My approach to life in general and the state of mind implied is a bit different. I’m obsessed. It’s not an option. It’s a question of what time you wake up and get started. And we’re always working and singing, making the music. I’m always writing and have written with a number of other people. And I would always look forward to doing it again with Van Halen, but that works on a very traditional. . . think like, the Rolling Stones.”


Roth completely ruled out Van Halen ever performing Sammy Hagar-era material with him on vocals: “Well, there’s a credibility issue there. Good, bad, or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn’t. And that’s why it sold half as well. Literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don’t need no helper. (There) ain’t no rehearsing pants in my closet.”



Duff McKagen & Krist Novoselic’s Accordion Cover Of Sweet Child O’ Mine


Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has been out on a book tour promoting his How To Be a Man (And Other Illusions), and in a stop in Seattle at the Neptune Theater, he invited a few special guests along for the ride.


Pearl Jam’s Mike McCreedy introduced McKagan and Nirvana’s Kirst Novoselic on stage. Novoselic, who was carrying an accordion, began playing “Sweet Child O’Mine” to a delighted crowd who sang along.


Recently, McKagan dismissed the accusation by Australian website Max TV that the 1987 Guns classic “Sweet Child O’Mine” was plagiarized from a 1981 song called “Unpublished Critics” by the Australian band Australian Crawl. Asked about a video comparing the two tracks, McKagan told Radio.com, “It is pretty stunning, but we didn’t steal it from them! I swear, I never heard that song until a couple of days ago.”


Yes’ Chris Squire Has Cancer


(Classic Rock) Yes bassist Chris Squire has been diagnosed with cancer and he’ll begin treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, over the coming months.


He’s to be replaced on the band’s upcoming tour dates by former member Billy Sherwood.


He’ll be treated with chemotherapy for Acute Erythroid Leukemia, an uncommon form of the disease.