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DLR Plays Into Recent Solo Track Controversy

So now it's starting to feel like David Lee Roth is playing with us a little.

The Van Halen frontman kicked up a fuss last week with "Ain't No Christmas," a new solo song that was part of his latest "Roth Show" podcast; fans have interpreted lyrics such as "Happily Never After, and I'm not OK to drive/Let's put the pin back in this one, and say we both survived" as a not-so-subtle farewell to the band after nine years of reunion.

Roth initially told the Van Halen News Desk fan site that the song was "poetry" and "has nothing to do with Van Halen." But now he's tweeted that "On second thought if all work is autobiographic maybe the song is about Van Halen."

Van Halen and Roth released a live album and toured last year, but the group appears to be dormant at the moment.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.