During in a recent interview with Niclas Müller-Hansen from RockSverige, guitar legend Jason Becker has shared the story about his first audition for Van Halen singer David Lee Roth.
“It was very exciting. At that time, I was pretty confident about my guitar playing. Once I met Dave and all the guys in the band, I was totally comfortable. They all made me feel so appreciated and they all took me under their wings and encouraged me and we became friends.
They were professionals and they welcomed me and my youthful energy. At a fancy dinner at Dave’s house, he made a toast to ‘the new gunslinger in town.’ My parents were there. The studio was downstairs and it was a very cool place to hang out.”
“Two songs on [your new “Triumphant Hearts”] album, “Taking Me Back” and “Tell Me No Lies”, go back to your time with Diamond Dave. Tell me about those two songs. Why didn’t they end up on the album and were these songs recorded with vocals?”
“‘Taking Me Back’ was going to be a song on David Lee Roth’s ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’ (1991) album. It was recorded at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is from a cassette that [producer] Bob Rock gave me after I recorded my guitar parts.
I know I would have redone the solo if Dave had decided to use it. Dave titled this song. I have a scratch track of David Lee Roth singing on this, and I love it, but I understand why he didn’t finish it. With ‘Tell Me No Lies’, David Lee Roth asked me, Brett Tuggle, Gregg and Matt Bissonette to write a bluesy song for ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’.
We all went to Brett’s home, and this is what we did that day. It isn’t quite what Dave was looking for, but it brings back good memories.”
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