Rocker Eddie Van Halen and the band that bore his surname ruled the 80’s with their hair metal ditties, but the musician has opened up about his struggles to maintain sobriety, and how he was initially fearful about recording without the help of alcohol.
It’s been several years since Van Halen (the man, not the band) ditched booze, but Eddie says the idea of creating and recording new material while sober was still pretty daunting. He recounts working on the band’s new album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” with former and renewed bandmate David Lee Roth, and explains that early on, drinking and working were interlinked for him.
Eddie Van Halen explains that when he first started out, he was dealing with stage fright and anxiety about performing. And while he says he doesn’t blame his dad for his later alcohol struggles, the rocker recalls his father’s advice about taking the stage:
“I don’t mean to blame my dad, but when I started playing in front of people, I’d get so damn nervous. I asked him, ‘Dad, how do you do it?’ That’s when he handed me the cigarette and the drink. And I go, Oh, this is good! It works!”