The Van Halen founder is going back on tour with his band soon, and took the time to speak about his cancer diagnosis 15 years ago.
EDDIE VAN HALEN has opened up about his cancer diagnosis over a decade ago and his subsequent recovery, blaming his condition on his guitar picks. He underwent a course of treatment for tongue cancer in 2000 and was declared free of the disease two years later, though about a third of his tongue was removed in surgery.
In a new interview with Billboard, the 60 year old has said that, while he has now quit smoking, he believes his diagnosis might have been down to when used to habitually hold his spare guitar picks in his mouth during sets. “I used metal picks - they’re brass and copper - which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” Van Halen said.
Eddie Van Halen spoke to Billboard about his cancer diagnosis in 2000
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The veteran rockers had shut down Hollywood Boulevard for the eight song mini gig.
David Lee Roth suffered a nasty cut to the nose on Monday evening, as Van Halen staged a gig live on Hollywood Boulevard in a performance taped for Jimmy Kimmel's talk show. The singer sustained the injury when he hit himself with his microphone stand while twirling it around during the band’s opening number.
What a trooper! Van Halen's David Lee Roth
But Roth wasn’t going to let some blood interfere with his performance and after going offstage to receive a bandage the singer returned and continued on as if nothing had happened. The band were promoting their new live album, ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’ and recently announced summer tour. But the performance actually held much more significance.
Van Halen and David Lee Roth - Shots of the American rock band Van Halen who rose to prominence in the 70's as they performed live on Hollywood Boulevard for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. While performing on stage, lead singer David Lee Roth cut the bridge of his nose whilst twirling the mic stand. He then performed the rest of the gig with a band aid on his nose in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015
Van Halen and David Lee Roth - Van Halen rocks Hollywood Blvd during a sound check rehearsal before performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at Hollywood Blvd - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015
The New York scene and maybe even showbiz would not be the same without Roth's influence.
Manny Roth, club owner and New York legend, has died at age 94. He was the owner of the Greenwich Village establishment Café Wha?, heavily frequented by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many others back in the 60s. Besides his own notoriety as a colorful club owner, Roth was also the uncle of Van Halen guitarist David Lee Roth.
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David Lee Roth, David Lee and Van Halen Wednesday 3rd October 2007 signs autographs as he leaves his hotel in Philadelphia and heads to the Wachovia Center to play with Van Halen on their second night of sold out shows during their reunion tour Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of birth
10th October, 1954