1) I suspect that it was Warner Bros that made Van Halen fire Gary.

2) I suspect that Warner Bros has had it's hand in Van Halen's silence (I do remember reading Michael Anthony's statement that "Van Halen's gotta return big, so as to open the door for other reunions. I remember reading about it last year. I've looked for the link off of VHND, and still haven't found it).

Whatever it is, it must be big after breaking off a 25 year marriage.

So...What now? If they do decide to go forward
, I'd like to hear Gary again. I think that VHIII sucked because of the "Eddie Van Halen meets Jimmy Page" like riffs, and the Mike Post 'enhancements'.