Wolfgang Van Halen says David Lee Roth is preventing Van Halen’s 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth from returning to streaming platforms.
During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Wolfgang was asked if he knew why ADKOT disappeared from all streaming services.
“Yes. The contract ran out on putting it up on streaming services,” replied Wolfgang. “So we’ve been working on getting it back, but there are some people involved who do not like that record and are not making it easy to get it back up.”
When asked by Trunk if the “people” who were preventing the album from returning were also “involved with the record,” Wolfgang replied: “Yeah.” Trunk then asked, “Might that person commonly be known by three initials?” Wolfgang’s response: “Probably. I mean, yeah, you can put it together. I hate to say it, because people will think I’m making stuff up, but it’s, like, man, I’d love to have the record back up there, but he doesn’t like it and he’s not working with us to get it back up there. So I hope people who like it have a physical version of it. [Laughs]”
Trunk then asked Wolfgang if he has a relationship with Roth and does he know why “things are so difficult” when it comes to getting Roth signing off on any Van Halen-related projects.
“No, I don’t,” responded Wolfgang. “I think that’s why I’m having such a wonderful time with Mammoth. I think throughout my time in Van Halen, you learn things that you wanna do and you wanna apply, and then you also learn things that you don’t wanna apply. And I think that’s why I’ve been so excited to do Mammoth and to have something from its inception be something pure where you can talk about things and there’s not really any big challenges other than weathering the storm together instead of the storm being dealing with each other. You know what I’m saying?”