Billy Sheehan Recalls David Lee Roth’s Offer Following His Departure from Van Halen

In a recent interview with We Go To 11, bassist Billy Sheehan recalled a memory involving David Lee Roth and his offer to collaborate after leaving Van Halen. Throughout his extensive musical career, Billy Sheehan has collaborated with notable figures such as Steve Vai and David Lee Roth. Initially, he was a full-time member of the band Talas and collaborated with guitarist Dave Constantino and drummer Paul Varga. This Buffalo-famous local band was instrumental in establishing his early reputation.  The band’s popularity increased in the 1980s when they opened thirty times for Van Halen. Talas did not achieve the desired success, however. Sheehan attempted to reform the band with new members, and they released one additional album. Later, he left Talas to join the band of David Lee Roth.

Roth was a member of Van Halen and contributed to the band’s success in the 1970s. His popularity grew with subsequent albums, including ‘Fair Warning,’ on which he performed lead vocals. Due to internal conflicts, he left Van Halen in 1985 and focused on his solo career. Following his departure, Roth sought out Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, and Gregg Bissonette to form his band.  In a recent interview, Sheehan recalled meeting the rocker and receiving an invitation to join the band from him. According to the bassist, they met in the middle of his tour, and Roth asked him directly to join the band he was forming. Billy Sheehan admitted that he had previously stated that he would only leave his band for Van Halen. Thus, following a conversation with Roth, the rocker concluded that Diamond Dave was “close enough” and accepted the offer.

As follows, Billy Sheehan recalled the incident:  “I met with David Lee Roth, but I had no idea what it was about or what it meant. He initially told me that it was for a film; that’s a bit odd. Therefore, he told me, “Hey, there’s a movie about what I want to do. I recently left Van Halen and wish to form a new band. Together, let’s find a guitarist and a drummer.’ I said, ‘Geez!’ I always told everyone that I would never leave Talas except for Van Halen.  So, I concluded that David Lee Roth was sufficiently close, and that was that. I was compelled to because we were in a bind. Even though there was some good news, I thought to myself, “You know what? Here’s where I’ll make my move. I must do it regardless of how I feel about it.'”  The interview can be viewed below.

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