Daryl Hall Reveals He Was Asked To Replace David Lee Roth
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Daryl Hall, vocalist of the legendary pop rock duo Hall and Oates, has confirmed that he was approached to join Van Halen after Dave Lee Roth left the band in 1985.
Hall confirmed the story in an interview with “Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke”, which airs on the New York radio station Q104.3. He revealed that it was the late Eddie Van Halen himself, who initially proposed the idea to him saying:
“Well, yeah… actually yes.
“I knew those guys really well and we actually shared some people – crew and things like that. Eddie came to a show with [his then-wife] Valerie [Bertinelli], and David had just left the band. Eddie said, ‘do you wanna join Van Halen, man?’ He was half-joking, but I think he was serious, I really do believe he was serious. And I took it seriously, I said, ‘ehh I think not, I think I got my own shit going on.'”
At the time, Hall and Oates had just released their 12th full length album, Big Bam Boom, which was a success following their pop hit “Out of Touch.”
So instead, Sammy Hagar became Van Halen’s second lead singer, releasing four chart-topping albums with the group between 1986 and 1995.
Although, before Hagar, other singers were considered for the role as well, including Scandal’s Patty Smyth, who says she turned down the offer because of the band’s lifestyle. Other singers Van Halen reportedly also approached were Journey’s Steve Perry, Joe Cocker, Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, and rumored Sass Jordan.