David Lee Roth’s Absence Explained: No “Jump,” No Dice

Although everybody knew what was keeping Eddie from making the scene, there was lots of confusion and speculation as to why David Lee Roth wasn’t around to make A scene last night. We sorta missed the guy, spandex and all. Dave maintains he wasn’t invited to perform; the Hall Of Fame issued a press release saying he WAS invited to perform. Who to believe — a rock institution, or … a rock institution? Finally, last night in the press room, Scott Weiland provided some clarity (via Billboard):

We were asked to perform. Kinda what happened was, [David] wanted to sing the song “Jump.” We felt from an artistic standpoint, and I’m being totally honest with you, that it wasn’t a song we felt comfortable with. We don’t have keyboards. To bring a keyboard on stage wouldn’t work for us. We said we’d do “Jamie’s Cryin'” or “You Really Got Me,” and he was adamant that wasn’t okay.

OK, we have an answer. But what would have surprised you more say, four years ago: that David Lee Roth voluntarily abstained from performing at Van Halen’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction? Or that we said “Scott Weiland” and “clarity” in the same breath?