Billy Sheehan, who had played with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai and more, has shared a post to deny the rumors about himself and Van Halen via his official Facebook page.
Two days ago, during the talk with The Metal Voice, Billy stated that he got offered to play in Van Halen at least three times and he rejected the offers because of his respect for Michael Anthony.
Afterward, Billy Sheehan made an official announcement on his Facebook account and cleared the air about his recent interview.
Here is what Billy Sheehan said earlier:
“I was offered the position as bassist three times through the years and I consider it a great honor. However, I am torn because I love Michael Anthony and I think he is the best bass player for Van Halen.
And as much as I would have loved to do that, I want to see Michael in the band. I’m not sure why they asked me to join the band; Michael is an awesome player and singer and who knows what the situation was.”
“The first time was the tour of ‘Fair Warning’; we talked about it then, then I spoke about it with David Lee Roth, but I mostly spoke about it with Eddie Van Halen in Toronto, Canada.
And then the second time was 1984. Eddie showed me the stage set-up; we talked about it then. Then the last time was when I got together with Eddie and Alex Van Halen at their house.”
With being that said, Billy stated that they were just talking about the band and he didn’t turn down any offer from Van Halen, because there was no official offer for him.
Here is what Billy Sheehan wrote on his Facebook page:
“Though I spoke w EVH on 3 different occasions where he asked me about being in his band, the offer never came through. They never followed through on any sort of an official offer and therefore I never “turned down” any offer, because it eventually fell through.
This is the result of recycling old news ( I’ve spoken of this before) because I thought I’d do a favor some little website that asked for an interview, and then they decided to make this the headline ( for clicks) and many other websites picked up the ‘story’ to get more clicks. Recycled, inaccurate and rebranded old news. Never happened.”
You can read Billy’s statement below.