Billy Sheehan Says He Was Asked Three Times To Join Van Halen

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February 4, 2020 at 10:22 am Quote #61381


BILLY SHEEHAN Says He Was Asked Three Times To Join VAN HALEN
February 4, 2020

In a brand new interview with The Metal Voice, Billy Sheehan once again recalled being asked to join VAN HALEN on at least a couple of different occasions. The bassist, whose early band TALAS opened for VAN HALEN in 1981, said that he was approached about replacing Michael Anthony in VAN HALEN no less than “three times through the years. And I considered it a great, great honor,” he said. “However, I’m torn, because I love Michael Anthony, and I think he’s the best bass player for VAN HALEN. And as much as I would have loved to do that, I wanna see Michael in the band. And I’m not even sure why they asked me in the band, ’cause I think Michael is an awesome player and a great singer. Who knows what the situation was? But it was just a great honor to be associated with them in any capacity.”

Asked during which era of VAN HALEN he was approached about joining the group, Sheehan said: “It was the tour after the ‘Women And Children First’ tour. I think it was ‘Fair Warning’. We talked about it then. And then I spoke with [singer] Dave [Lee Roth] about it also. I mostly spoke with [guitarist] Eddie [Van Halen], and I [talked to] Dave about it too, I remember, in Toronto, Canada. I came up to see them play from Buffalo. And then, at the end, [on the] ’1984′ [tour], I remember Ed took me onstage to show me the stage setup, and we talked about it then. … The last time that it went down, I went up to Eddie’s studio when I lived in L.A. a few years back, and jammed with him and [drummer] Alex [Van Halen] for a while. And we thought about doing something then. But it didn’t happen.”

He added: “It was just an honor to even know those people. I love them all. I love Michael, Ed, Dave, Alex, Wolfie [Wolfgang Van Halen], Sammy [Hagar].”

According to Sheehan, he is “the only guy [who has] ever played with every member of VAN HALEN” over the years. He explained: “I played with Dave. I did a show with Michael Anthony for a NAMM Show jam. I jammed with Eddie and Al at their house. I played with Sammy Hagar. I did a WHO tribute tour with Gary Cherone. And I never played with Wolfie — played music with him — but we did… Myself, Ed, Steve Lukather and Pat Torpey did a benefit show for Jason Becker in Chicago one year, and Ed was kind enough to offer me to fly home with him. And he was with his son. And Ed wanted to sleep. So I played — he was a little tiny kid, Wolfgang — and we played some number games and letter games and drew pictures. So, technically, I played with him, but not music. But I love that band. I love all those guys.”


February 4, 2020 at 12:04 pm Quote #61382


very cool read

vhtrading member since 2000

February 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm Quote #61385


Interesting to read Billy was at 5150 jamming around 2017..

EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.

February 8, 2020 at 3:05 pm Quote #61406


Van Halen Never Officially Offered Sheehan Position
William Lee | 02-08-2020

Van Halen never officially offered Billy Sheehan a position in the band, the bassist explained after comments he made in an interview created headlines.

Sheehan, who was a member of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth’s original solo band, recently spoke with The Metal Voice and they published excerpts of the interview.

Under the heading of “When asked if he was ever asked join Van Halen,” they quoted him as responding, “Three times through the years and I consider it a great honor. However I am torn because I love Michael Anthony and I think he is the best bass player for Van Halen. And as much as I would have love to do that I want to see Michael in the band. I’m not sure why they asked me to join the band Michael is an awesome player and singer and who knows what the situation was.

“The first time was the tour of Fair Warning we talked about it then, then I spoke about it with David Lee Roth but I mostly spoke about it with Eddie Van Halen in Toronto Canada and then the second time was 1984 Eddie showed me the stage set up we talked abut it then. Then the last time was when I got together with Eddie and Alex Van Halen at their house. ”

After his comments created news, Billy shared a link to one story on Friday (February 7th) via his Facebook page calling such reports “fake news”. He then clarified, “Though I spoke w EVH on 3 different occasions where he asked me about being in his band, the offer never came through. They never followed through on any sort of an official offer and therefore I never ‘turned down’ any offer, because it eventually fell through.

“This is the result of recycling old news ( I’ve spoken of this before) because I thought I’d do a favor some little website that asked for an interview, and then they decided to make this the headline ( for clicks) and many other websites picked up the ‘story’ to get more clicks. Recycled, inaccurate and rebranded old news. Never happened.”


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