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David Lee Roth Teases VAN HALEN To Play Yankee Stadium in 2019; METALLICA, GNR, FOO FIGHTERS Possible Involvement

Posted by on December 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

David Lee Roth says what he wants, when he wants. It's one of the perks of being DVR. If you're a fan of his pontificating, you should read the new interview he did with Vulture, which has a lot of good tidbits.

Perhaps the most interesting is this odd exchange in which Roth possibly gives away that Van Halen have a Yankee Stadium show lined up next year and have involvement from big acts like Metallica and Foo Fighters. Read the exchange for yourself:

Speaking of your time in Japan — about five years ago, you starred in a mysterious short film called “Tokyo Story” in which you murder three poker players. What was the backstory on that?

“It is the test run for a parallel project that I’ve been working on. Those characters from the short are in a script that has now been worked into a graphic novel. And it is by our accounting the world’s first graphic novel with a full soundtrack. I’ve been working on it for four years. I called Colin Smith, who’s written, I don’t know, 15 books on how to use Adobe Photoshop. He’s been over at my shop three times a week. Working with stellar talents is part of the luxury of being Diamond Dave. I’m smart enough to know these folks, so how much smarter do I need to be? And it’s art-centric. We don’t think about the price.  Because, you know, next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play. Okay?”

Are you telling me that Van Halen will play Yankee Stadium next summer? You promised four New York copy editors free tickets today.

“Yeah, but I can’t … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, “Oh, this leaked…” But, the band will be — I can’t say.”

Come on.

“Well, I don’t know how far this privacy actually goes. But the band is solvent. And I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show — Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, Church, and Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved.”

So this would be a festival?

“No, all I talked about was a phone call.”

That last sentence really throws me off. Does that mean, he was just on the phone saying "wouldn't it be great to do a fest in Yankee Stadium with Metallica, Foo Fighters and Guns N Roses?" And that's it? Or does he mean, he's actually been on the phone with reps from these bands?

Either way, the internet is jumping on this quote like a hawk, so we'll be sure to get some clarity or denials soon.

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