5 things we learned from that provocative Eddie Van Halen interview


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Eddie Van Halen gave an extensive interview to Billboard

He said David Lee Roth should "act like you're 60," criticized Michael Anthony's bass playing

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Eddie Van Halen isn’t shy about expressing his opinions.

In a lengthy interview with Billboard, published Friday, Van Halen sounded off on the music he listens to, his current and former Van Halen bandmates and his quiet lifestyle. The interview was conducted by “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” writer Chuck Klosterman.

Van Halen was particularly blunt about lead singer David Lee Roth and former VH bassist Michael Anthony. The latter led to a response from former lead singer Sammy Hagar.

Here are five things we learned:

He says David Lee Roth needs to grow up.

“How can I put this: Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality,” he told Billboard. “We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I’m not going to be young again.”

The vocalist, he observed, “does not want to be my friend.”