According to The Pulse Of Radio, David Lee Roth recently spoke with Buzzfeed.com where he spoke about Van Halen, his personal life, and the his career shift in the 1990’s. Roth reportedly blamed the grunge scene for turning fans off of his live show, saying, “Two words: Kurt Cobain. I went from playing to 12,000 people to 1,200. From arenas to casinos and state fairs and the local House Of Blues. That will cause you to reflect a lot more clearly on your values. Fun wasn’t seen as fun anymore.”
He went on to speculate about his life and career saying “I wonder who I might have been had I stayed in [Van Halen] Not as interesting, not as involved. I probably would have followed the more traditional, long, slow climb to the middle. Enjoying my accomplishments, living off my residuals. I wouldn’t have half the stories to tell.”
Roth also discussed his romantic life after laughing off rumors that he’s been involved in a long-term gay relationship for years. “I’ve lived alone my whole adult life,” he said. “I’ve had girlfriends, I’ve had love affairs. Never longer than a year and a half. I’m the drunk who won the lottery, I’m going to be very difficult to convince of a lot of traditional things. I put off getting married when I found out, oh, you don’t really have to. I just saw somebody discussing this recently, I think Gloria Steinem — same thing as her life story. There’s a lot of us out there.”
Van Halen’s next U.S. date is set for July 20th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at Rock USA at Ford Festival Park.
additional source: blabbermouth.net