David Lee Roth Debuts Van Halen Tribute Song, “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”

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Longtime Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth has shared another new solo recording, and this latest one is a nostalgic look back at the good times he had over the years with his band mates.

Titled “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway,” the song surfaced online on Wednesday and features a photo of the classic Van Halen lineup — Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony — while “Diamond Dave” sings lines like this:

“We laughed, we cried, we threw the television off that balcony. That memory means so much to me … Remember when you safety pinned the tablecloth to my pants/And I stood up to the sound of dancing and the sound of our romance beginning.”

A music video for the song was debuted on Friday:

Per reports, this track was a collaboration between Roth, guitarist John 5 and drummer Gregg Bissonnette, recorded for a Roth album that wasn’t ever released. The track was produced by John 5 and Mike Savage.

Its release follows the July 11 premiere of “Pointing at the Moon,” another new solo David Lee Roth track pairing his voice with a sparse piano-and-acoustic-guitar arrangement:

Roth previously shared “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill,” which came out in Nov. 2020 and was a tribute to Roth’s fallen band mate and friend, Eddie Van Halen, who had died the month before after a lengthy fight with cancer:

Roth then announced a planned Las Vegas residency, referring to the scheduled shows as a “retirement party,” after which he would presumably hang up his sequined pants and effervescent stage presence once and for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic though, cancelled the residency, and there was little else in the news from Roth (outside of a strange back-and-forth with Gene Simmons) until this latest song premiere.

With no upcoming “retirement” concerts in the near future, it remains to be seen whether David Lee Roth re-engages with Vegas for a run of gigs when it is deemed safe to do so.

For what it’s worth, Roth said this to FOX Digital when asked about potentially making up these farewell shows in the future:

“It’s not about me anymore. When the benefits for Kentucky, Colorado, and Farm Aid kick in; Call me.”

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