The interview probably wasn’t as harsh as finished could be interpreted. In general it seems more of a somber statement than perhaps an attacking one.
Now, in a fresh interview with Detroit radio station WRIF to promote his upcoming Las Vegas residency, Roth has stated he believes the band are now “finished.”
Asked if he was “bummed out” that Van Halen’s proposed reunion tour got axed at the eleventh hour this past summer, Roth replied: “That’s been cancelled a number of times, and I think Van Halen’s finished and this is the next phase.
“I’ve inherited the band de facto — whatever that means. I think it means if you inherit it, carry this proudly. Van Halen isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie’s got his own story to tell. (It’s) not mine to tell it.”
“There were always creative differences,” Roth continued. “We never got along. It was a beautiful, beautiful pairing of… You’ve seen cowboy movies where the guys are always sabotaging each other but they’re working to somehow accomplish something. And I think you’ll see that in a lot of popular bands.
“They may have gotten through it, but I don’t know that we ever really grew up and became gentrified. Now, that may not be a good thing; a part of me remained 23 years old forever.”
So, is this the end of Van Halen?