“Nothing could have stopped us back then anyway”

David Lee Roth has just released his latest single and he’s a guitarist John 5 has been hoping to hear for some time. It’s Dave’s tribute to Van Halen called “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”. The song is embedded below for your listening pleasure.

In August 2021, John 5 discussed the song on AL.com from Alabama:

Speaking of rock legends, you played guitar on David Lee Roth’s solo album “DLR Band”. But of course, Van Halen freaks, we want to hear more about that unreleased album you recorded with Dave. A couple of acoustic tracks from it came out last year, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar and Grill” and “Giddy-Up!”.

Yeah, and people really like those songs, so I’m super happy with them. Because listen, you can’t deny a good song and Dave writes good songs. He wrote some of the most amazing songs of our lives, and Dave worked really hard on those lyrics. I don’t know when it will be released or if it will be released, but I hope it will be released.

There’s one I’m going to tell you about called “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us” and it’s amazing. Being a Van Halen fan and a Dave Lee Roth fan, it’s amazing because it’s Dave singing about Van Halen and what it was. Really something special, so I really hope it comes out.

Is the rest of David Lee Roth’s unreleased record in the same vein as the songs that came out, which have a singer/songwriter sound? Or is there also hard rock there?

He wanted to do these kind of more Californian sessions. And he’s such an artist that I said to myself: “Whatever you want to do, I’m here for you.” So it’s that kind of atmosphere. But there are a lot of multi-tracks and different acoustic parts that all work together. It’s kind of orchestrated, if you will

“Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway” comes from 2007 recordings with Dave and John 5, who told VHND that in early 2007 the two joined forces to record a batch of songs for an eventual album. with Roth’s former solo band. friends, Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Brett Tuggle (keyboards). Shortly after, John revealed to Guitar World that they had, indeed, completed the equivalent of a full album.


David Lee Roth “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway” Lyrics

We laughed, we cried, we threw the TV off that balcony
This memory means so much to me

No doubt in me, I believe that nobody listens to both sides except the neighbors
The art of compromise, happy to lose half of mine because she will lose her half later

First taste of being a victim of the very songs that I sing
Ended up saying “goodbye” and “hope I hear good things”

Go away
Go away

Nothing could have stopped us back then anyway

Remember when you pinned the tablecloth to my pants
And I woke up to the sound of dancing and the sound of the start of our romance
Fired the restaurant to make the night full
Six pack and a happy meal on a park bench down the street
Dine with Tennessee’s elite

“Once upon a time” that’s how a fairy tale sells it
“Sit down, you won’t believe this shit” is how the trucker says it
Hit the band, hire the piper we’ll pay

Nothing could have stopped us back then anyway

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