David Lee Roth returned to the studio to produce an emotional tribute for late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, releasing the single “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar and Grill.”
The authority's implored us / And it happened frequently / In a sleeping bag front of the fireplace / In a sleeping bag front of the fireplace / Your girlfriend and me
Roth makes another legendary nod to Elton John with the song’s title and chorus mimicking lyrics to ”Crocodile Rock”:
Somewhere over the rainbow bar and grill / Never knew me a better time / And I guess I never will / Somewhere over the rainbow bar and grill / Some say they was happy then / Me, i'm happy still
Cover art displays what looks like a cartoon boat bearing for the bright sun. Emotional text positioned to the right reads, “Hey Ed. I’m gonna miss ya’. See you on the other side…”
Eddie Van Halen first went public with his throat cancer diagnosis in 2019, but had been receiving treatment since 2014. He passed away from the illness early last month at the age of 65. Van Halen and Roth performed in the band from 1974 to 1985, when the singer initially left the group. He returned in 2007 and the line stayed consistent from there.
David Lee Roth didn’t mince many words when Eddie passed. His online tribute was short, sweet and filled with heart. “What a Long Great Trip It’s Been,” Roth wrote, with an accompanying picture of the duo backstage, smiling.
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A brief tribute to the late guitarist will reportedly be featured on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductions special, premiering on HBO and HBO Max at 8PM ET / PT on Saturday, November 7.