David Lee Roth says Eddie Van Halen suffered from racism when he grew up as a mixed-race child of an Indonesian mother

David Lee Roth says Eddie Van Halen suffered from racism when he grew up as a mixed-race child of an Indonesian mother
Former bandmate David Lee Roth said in an interview that surfaced that Eddie Van Hallen and his family had to deal with the racism that arose because of their mixed-race background.

Famous guitarist Van Halen passed away last week at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. The legendary rocker was born to mother Eugenia, born in Indonesia, and father Jan, who was born in the Netherlands.

Speaking on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast in 2019, Ruth discussed his former bandmate and how he and his brother Alex had suffered from racism from people who grew up with them in the Netherlands for being "half-blooded".

“And it was a big deal. These sons grew up in a horrific racist environment where they really had to leave the country,” Roth explained at the time.

They came to America and did not speak English as a first language in the early 1960s. "So this kind of spark, this kind of thing, that goes deep."

As People notes, Eddie Van Hallen himself discussed the racism he and his mother experienced after moving to the United States during a 2017 interview for a series titled "Is Rock and Roll Music All About Reinventing?" In which he spoke with Denise Cowan about his life.

"We actually went through that in the Netherlands, you know, first day, first grade. Now, you're in a whole other country where you can't speak the language, you know absolutely nothing about anything and it was more than horror," he said. So how do I explain, but I think it made us stronger because you had to be. "

He went on to note that most of the vitriol coming his way based on his race came from white children. In fact, he said he got to know more about the black students at his school since he felt he was also a minority.

In the interview, he said that white people were actually the bullies. "They were tearing my homework and papers, making me eat sandbox, all these things, and the black kids were tearing me up.

Fortunately for rock history, the Van Halen brothers co-founded the legendary rock group, which is still considered one of the most prominent rock bands. With his iconic singles, Eddie Van Halen was the engine behind the quintessential California party troupe and helped bring disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with his band's first personally titled album and then his groundbreaking record "1984", which includes the classics "Jump" and " Panama and Hot for Teacher.

Van Halen is among the 20 best-selling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine placed Eddie Van Halen at number 8 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.

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