David Lee Roth Recalls the Good Times with Eddie Van Halen in ‘Somewhere Over the Bar and Grill’ (Listen)


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It’s been almost a month since guitar icon Eddie Van Halen passed away at the age of 65 after a “long and arduous” battle with cancer. His death prompted an outpouring of love and memories across social media from his band mates, colleagues, fans, peers and beyond — and, now, David Lee Roth has shared a touching musical tribute to his fallen friend and band mate.

Titled “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill,” the song is a reference to both the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the historic bar and grill located next to the Roxy Theatre in Van Halen’s early-era stomping grounds of West Hollywood. It’s also a reference to Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock,” with the lyrical nod never knew me a better time/and I guess I never will, and the song is undeniably special, its artwork (designed by Roth) featuring the inscription “Hey Ed, I’m gonna miss ya … see you on the other side …”:

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill” is the second instance of David Lee Roth sharing a personal message of condolence regarding EVH’s passing. The first, shared the day he died, let the visuals do all the talking, in the form of a photo from one of Van Halen’s recent reunion tours:

The weeks since have led to some rumors online that Van Halen (the remaining band members) were considering moving forward with Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son and the band’s most recent bassist, taking over lead guitar duties. These unfounded rumors led to Wolfgang commenting on them and making it clear in no uncertain terms that this will not be happening:


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