A longtime friend of Van Halen, Lukather's revelation is the closest the band has come to a public statement on the status of its iconic guitarist. In one recent interview David Lee Roth called talk of Eddie's failing health "rumors," but the front man also explained in no uncertain terms earlier this summer that he has never been on good terms with his band's namesakes, the brothers Eddie and Alex.
"They're laying back and waiting to see what happens next," Lukather said of Van Halen. "I think they're on a hiatus. There's been some health issues that they're dealing with and stuff like that. We're older guys now, and to go on the road requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being."
He suggested that his relationship with Eddie is good enough that if something serious was happening, he would know about it.
"I don't think there's any drama issues that are keeping them from working," Lukather continued. "I'm not the guy to say anything. I love those brothers so much and we've always had a great relationship. I'm a big fan and also adore them as human beings."
After announcing his upcoming 2020 Las Vegas residency, Roth commented that he believes Van Halen is "finished" as a live band and that it's up to him to take care of the band's legacy while his own health allows.
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