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    if something doesn't happen soon. Mike hasn't made as much money as Eddie has because Eddie got most of the songwriting royalties. I'm sure Mike is probably ok financially but he will have to do something eventually. Eddie seems to be stringing Mikey along like he did Dave in 96'

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    Let me tell you this...

    If Mike shows up anywhere else but the next Van Halen album, it's a pretty good sign that there is no Van Halen anymore.
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    If he does, then I'll make sure to buy the next record he records on. His background vocals are the best in rock IMO. He is a talent that is just being wasted sitting around waiting for the VH Bros. to make up their minds.
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    Originally posted by Jack Daniels:
    Mike hasn't made as much money as Eddie has because Eddie got most of the songwriting royalties.'
    Jack Daniels, I don't know how accurate that is? Though we all know Ed wrote most of the music, I believe all members of the band shared songwriting credit which means legally that Mike would receive just as much royalties as Eddie. Somebody, go ahead an correct me if I'm wrong about this.

    When it comes to endorsements, Ed easily eclipses Mike even though Mike has some endorsement deals too.

    Somehow, I don't feel that money is the primary factor here. Unless, they've blown it all, I find it hard to believe these guys' motivation is money. Were not talking about MC Hammer who went from obscurity to fame back to obscurity again, then wound up broke in 5 years. Van Halen was around when Jimmy Carter was president. They've been rock 'n roll mainstays for a quarter of a century.

    They must still have a good chunk of change in their pockets.

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    Songwriting credit, like everything else, is a matter of negotiation. Being listed as a co-writer doesn't automatically entitle you to an equal slice of the pie (though that's the assumption, without an agreement to the contrary). My guess is that Ed and whoever's the VH singer at a particular time get the bulk, with Al and Mike getting a little taste (which probably reflects their actual contributions to the writing).

    With a lot of bands, you'll find that as soon as they get big, this becomes an isue. Compare some bands' first big album (on which they often all share credit) to the next follow-up (where individuals tend to be credited more.

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    Originally posted by nijmegen:
    My guess is that Ed and whoever's the VH singer at a particular time get the bulk, with Al and Mike getting a little taste (which probably reflects their actual contributions to the writing).
    That could be the case but I'm sure that Al's musical contribution is even more than the lead singer. It's not just the lyrics. He isn't often credited but Al is a talented musician in his own right. I remember reading how in music school, he did the complete musical arrangement for a version of "West Side Story".

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    Isn't there a "Meaningless Innuendo" Forum we could move this thread to?

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