Rock News: Van Halen's lead vocalist quits.
Van Halen is attempting to catch up with Black
Sabbath in the number of lead singers one band can have in a career. That's
right Gary Cherone is no longer a part of the band. According to a press
release from the band issued on November 5th, he left under amicable terms.
The release is rather vague on why Cherone left.
"The members of the band, Eddie Van
Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony, expressed their appreciation
for Gary's work with the band and wished him well in his future endeavors."
Eddie said of Cherone, "Gary is a brother
and he and I will continue to have a personal and musical relationship".
Cherone stated, "I had a great time singing
with the band and I wish Eddie, Alex and Michael all the best, I'll see
'em in Boston!"
Perhaps it was the disaster that was Van
Halen III, the album that critics and fans rejected, that lead Gary to
leave the band prior to starting work on his second Van Halen record.
Now there is speculation that Sammy Hagar
or David Lee Roth will be asked to rejoin the group. Although Sammy has
never met David, he stated that he would not rejoin the band unless it
included David Lee Roth. That type of reunion with dueling lead vocalist
could be just the ticket to re-ignite the Van Halen flame that went out
under Cherone. "The only Van Halen reunion, not now, in the future that
I'd ever be interested in would be the Sam and Dave tour," stated Hagar
"That's the only way I think I'd even consider
it because that would be really special for the fans, and that would be
fun and it would be competitive and it would be something to get up for.
Other than that, what's the point?" Hagar added when asked about the idea
of a Hager/Roth fronted reunited Van Halen.
Sammy released a statement after the announcement
of the Cherone departure, so far their has been no word from Diamond Dave.
"I only wish the best for Van Halen and Gary. I hope they all continue
to make great music and have great success in whatever they do." said Sammy
in his latest press release.
To Eddie, Alex, and Michael from us at
Rock n World, Please bring back Dave!
Here is the press release from the Van
Halen web site.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The members of Van Halen have announced
that singer Gary Cherone is leaving the band. The band stressed that the
departure was both mutual and amicable and they remain good friends. The
band is currently working on its next LP and Cherone is pursuing new musical
The members of the band, Eddie Van Halen,
Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony, expressed their appreciation for Gary's
work with the band and wished him well in his future endeavors.
"I had a great time singing with the band
and I wish Eddie, Alex and Michael all the best. I'll see 'em in Boston,"
Eddie Van Halen said, "Gary is a brother
and he and I will continue to have a personal and musical relationship."