Patty Smyth claims that she was Eddie Van Halen's first choice to replace David Lee Roth when he went solo in 1985. The rumored offer has surfaced repeatedly over the years, but the Scandal lead singer recently shed some additional light on the circumstances. Speaking with writer Roger Hillis, Smyth says she got the offer directly from Eddie and says she was asked to keep quiet about it '...because they didn't want Sammy Hagar to feel like he was the second choice'. Smyth says she turned down the invite because she was pregnant, did not want to move to the west coast and, '...those guys were partying pretty hard at the time.' She added that Eddie gave her an ultimatum about accepting or passing on the offer while sitting at a table with the VH guitarist, Paul Schaeffer, Danny Kortchmar and Eddie's wife at the time, Valerie Bertinelli, after a David Letterman Show taping. "Eddie said he needed a 'yes' or 'no' from me so he could move on and find someone else if I wasn't interested. When I said 'no', Eddie called Sammy".
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