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David Lee Roth Live Montreal 1986

Do you know if anyone else was in the running before you came aboard?

Do you know if anyone else was in the running before you came aboard? When I came in, I think I was the only one at the time that was being considered. I think they had spoken to a couple of guys. Were there any similarities that he might have mentioned to you that compared with how he worked with Van Halen? What did Frank Zappa think of your work with Dave? Did you ever discuss that with him? I never heard Frank comment on my work with Dave Roth, but he did say that I should invite Dave over his studio sometime.

That would have been interesting. I had met Edward at a club and he found out I was with Frank. It was really cool. I wonder what became of that. Something silly, you know. So when I joined that band, or any band that I join, I assess the situation and I come to grips with what I think the appropriate contribution would be, but I also have to be myself at some point. And I always have the talking guitar thing in my arsenal, so it was the perfect opportunity to pull it.

Do you have any memories of how that song came together? I had written that song and I had demoed it, and when I demoed it it had all of these guitars, all of these textures and keyboards, and Dave really liked it.

Just go out there and play live as a guide guitar. There was a real kind of beautiful rawness and an in-your-face kind of intimacy that was much different from the very produced version that I had done.

Do you have any idea what the title is supposed to refer to, with the question mark? You could take it as a story of character sketches.

What are your thoughts about this? Your opinion is the important thing. You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made. And Edward Van Halen is a guitar god of the highest order.

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I have immense respect and love for Edward, you know? I would probably be playing the guitar very differently if he never came along. And I thought it was a hell of a band. It was one of my favorite times in my whole musical career, because we were rock stars, you know? It was just glorious, man. A lot of people like to adopt a sports mentality when it comes to this. They want to have winners. I was really happy to hear how great Edward was playing. I mean, I was afraid he was losing it; we were all concerned.

Moving on to Skyscraper, that was your first album as a co-producer, right? What are your memories of working with David Lee Roth doing the main production? It was hugely different. And when I started working with Dave in building the demos, they were great songs. I mean, they sounded like produced pieces of music. And then it was a surprise to me that he wanted to produce it and have it done with me, because although I enjoy doing it, I overproduce stuff, and my approach is a lot cleaner and a lot more sort of organized than the raw approach of someone like Ted Templeman.

So the record definitely has a different slant to it, but I went along with it. You have no idea what I learned from that guy; you can only imagine. He said in interviews that he believes the demos were superior and a lot rawer. Yeah, I tend to agree. What kinds of things besides the overall polished sound did he feel was lacking? But, you know, we moved forward with what we did.

But I still enjoyed it, and I think I did a great job on it. That was kind of my brain thing: What can I do to this song to make it theatrical on my part and a little more interesting. Did that one not change too much from the demo? Oh, it might have been. It was very ethereal and beautiful. I just love the lyrics in that. Yeah, more so than most other songs, yeah. And Dave accepted those things as part of how he wanted to evolve. Well…I do my research.

I guess I should write a book someday laughs. Have you ever thought about that, Steve? And I only have great things to say, because I only had great times, you know? I get interest from people who want to do reality shows, and somebody just offered me a huge amount of money to write my spiritual memoirs.

Yeah, because then you have to answer to it in the press for the rest of your life. Do you know what it is? I recorded Dave through that whole record.

There are some things better left as a mystery. That was a quote of yours from a Guitar World cover story. Laughs My God, did I say that? Did he let that be known? The track was a different kind of a track, and it called for some kind of a thing. We have a little get-together probably once every two years, and the last time we all got together, me, , Billy and Brett, we went to an Indian restaurant and we just had a great, great time. When was the last time you had a conversation with Dave?

Not too long ago, actually. Last question about a song from Skyscraper: What are your memories of recording that tune?

I just remember I wanted to have a track that had that bounce to it, that up-tempo, fun kind of a bounce, and Dave was experimenting with horns on previous records and he liked the sound, so we discussed doing a horn arrangement, I did it, and it turned out the way it did. It was kind of quirky. How many horns did you end up playing on that track?

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Laughs Yeah, kind of a little bit of a big band vibe. From what I know, no. What are your favorite tunes from that era? Well, you never know.

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