Daryl Hall says he turned down Van Halen’s offer to replace Roth

Daryl Roomfrom the legendary pop rock duo Hall and Oatesconfirmed that he was once asked to potentially replace David Lee Roth in Van Halen after the band left in the mid-80s.

At the time, Hall and Oates had just released their 12th full album, Big boom boom, which was met with continued success thanks to the pop hit “Out of Touch”. The duo, who released their first record in 1972, were moving with the times and their sound had become more experimental bringing modern technology (synthesizers) and recording techniques into the fold.

Van Halen had also ventured into this area, particularly on the 1984 hit “Jump” and its iconic opening synth part. After choosing Sammy Hagar as Roth’s replacement, this sound also came to more clearly define the band.

But before landing Hagar, guitarist Eddie Van Halen evidently had Hall on a list of suitable “Diamond Dave” successors.

“Actually, yes,” Hall said. Q104.3 when asked if it was true that Eddie once approached him and gauged his interest in facing Van Halen.

“I knew those guys really well. We actually shared some people – the team, and things like that,” Hall continued, “And Eddie came to a show with Valerie [Bertinelli, his wife at the time]. It goes back, you know? And David had just left the band. And Eddie said, “Do you wanna join Van Halen, man?” He was half joking, but I think he was serious. I really believe he was serious. And I took it seriously. I went, ‘Meh, I don’t think so. I think I have my own shit going on.'”

The pop rock singer and songwriters also confirmed that Hall and Oates’ “Kiss On My List,” the third single from the duo’s 1980 album Voice had a major impact on the formation of one of Van Halen’s biggest hit songs – “Jump”.

“That’s right,” Hall said of his song’s influence on the track. “That’s what [Eddie] always told me. It inspired “Jump”.

In 1985, the same year Roth and Van Halen split, Hagar was welcomed into the band, although, as bassist Michael Anthony recalled last year, the band’s label (Warner Bros.) hoped change the name of the group in conjunction with the change of composition. . However, Eddie and his drummer brother Alex strongly protested the idea.

Daryl Hall interviewed on Q104.3

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