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The Van Halen brothers toyed with the idea of bringing back David Lee Roth. Roth sang on a few new cuts for Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1, so rumors flew that soon the original band would reunite. Yet nothing's easy in the Van Halen universe, and the band instead went with former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone for Van Halen III. The result was general disappointment from the band's longtime fans and Van Halen's least successful album to date. Clearly, the stresses around the group affected its focus. The album is the safest of Van Halen's career, sounding like it was so intent on getting it right that it lost its funky side in the process. (Bassist Michael Anthony has said the album is like an Eddie Van Halen solo album, with Ed playing most of the parts.) The dry production from Eddie and Mike Post limits the album's power. That said, there are still moments here. "Without You" has tasty guitarwork. The acoustic piano ballad "How Many Say I" features Eddie on a rare lead vocal. "Fire in the Hole" captures the band's original growl.

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What were they Thinking??????

If I were Eddie, Alex, Mikey or even Warner Bros records I would have just QUIT before I let this out of the studio. discribes this CD. Gary tries so hard to sound like Sammy (not well at that) This is NOT Van Halen. We accepted Sammy into the band and he rocked. Eddie should have just called Dave...kissed and made up!

Be smart...

Albeit, not VH's best work. But I'm tired of people blaming it on Gary Cherone. If you say he's a bad singer, you clearly are not a musician. Gary has one of the strongest voices in rock. I personally liken him to Chris Cornell. You don't have to like this album...and as a big VH fan since the early 80's it's not my favorite either...but be musically smart with your comments. Did Cherone belong in VH? Perhaps not. But that doesn't make him a bad singer.


I remember when the first single "Without You" was released everyone in the rock world was very excited to have there rock god's Van Halen back. The Album debuted at #4 on billboard but fell flat on it's face after that. Van Halen has two good songs on this record..."Without You" and "Fire In The Hole" (which was also released on the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack) but the rest of the material was actully a lot of table scrap that the band had decided to shelf during recording sessions with Hagar from about 1994-1996. (Eddie mentioned this in a June 98 article in Guitar World Magazine) Oh yeah and did I even need to say "Gary Cherone"? nope sure didn't.


Formed: 1974 in Pasadena, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance...
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