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Gary Cherone Out of Van Halen

Gary Cherone Out of Van Halen

After just three years in the saddle and only a single appearance
on record — last year’s lackluster Van Halen III
former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone has left Van Halen. Although
label sources as well as Cherone’s Web site confirm the split,
Warner Bros. has not yet issued a press release on the matter.| A
spokesperson for the label did allow there was “some truth to the
rumor that Gary Cherone has left the band.” Despite reports that
the split was amicable, no one close to Van Halen seems surprised.
“It was always a bad fit,” says a source close to the band. “Van
Halen seemed to be in one band, and Gary seemed to be in his own
universe.”

Bob Daitz, road manager for Van Halen since 1985, would not confirm
whether Cherone was out of the band, but did evince regret. “I’m in
New York and I’m a coast away from them. But if Gary is out of the
band, I’ll miss him. He had a good work ethic. But it’s not a good
work ethic that makes a marriage work, and the only ones who know
about that are the guys in the band who are the core of this
marriage.”

Cherone predicted as much during on an online chat last April at
www.cherone.com when he described his situation. “Van Halen is one
of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time,” he said, but
explained that one of the most challenging aspects of joining the
family business was “the fact that some of the fans will never want
me or anyone else in the band.”

Rumors abound that both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar have been
asked to rejoin, but Hagar’s label, MCA Records, pooh-poohed the
idea that the singer would return to the Van Halen fold.
“Absolutely no truth to it,” said his publicist. “He’s not even
thinking about it; he’s busy wrapping up his tour.” As for Hagar
himself, he seems to have avoided that issue altogether. He
released a statement Friday afternoon that read, “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.”

Roth’s spokesperson said that there is no comment so far from his
camp. It seems unlikely that Diamond Dave could be lured back into
the fold after the band’s aborted reunion in 1996, when Eddie Van
Halen contacted him about recording two songs for the group’s
greatest hits album. A disagreement between the two former
bandmates about Roth’s subsequent no-holds-barred appearance on The
Howard Stern Show submarined the reunion, and Cherone was hired
shortly thereafter.

Now, along with speculation about a permanent replacement, comes a
sticky recording issue. In July, the band headed into Eddie Van
Halen’s 5150 studio to lay down tracks for their thirteenth studio
album, which is due some time next year. According to the official
Van Halen website, the record is only half-complete.

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