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    What are the ethnicities, political view, & religion of each VH band member?

    Just curious, when someone started a thread about Al & Ed being part Dutch and part Asian (half Indonesian, I suppose?), it got me wondering about the rest of the band. I will type in below what I know off the top of my head, and what speculations on some things, as we all know, the band likes to keep some things private, and doesn't really release or admit to anything.

    Alex Arthur van Halen (Is his birth name ALEXANDER? I've never seen that anywhere!) & Edward Lodewijk van Halen
    (both changed last name to Van Halen when they came to America)
    Born in Amsterdam, Holland (Netherlands)
    Half Dutch & Half Indonesian
    Protestant Christian? (Anyone know of which denomination?)
    Are they still Christian?
    Is Alex conservative? And Edward?

    Michael Soblewiski (later changed last name to Anthony, to hide something?)
    The original last name may have been Eastern European, such as Russia.
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Obviously, the U.S. was having a Cold War with Communist Eastern Europe, that's why he might have changed his name. (SobleWHISKEY? LOL, that's why Mikey loves Jack Daniels! It's in his name!)
    I'm not sure of his religion of past or present. Anyone know?
    Mikey seems to be a liberal, but I'm not sure. Maybe he's more conservative in his later life.

    David Lee Roth
    Born in Bloomington, Indiana
    Semitic-of the Hebrews
    Jewish (is everyone with the last name "Roth", Jewish? Like Rothchild, Rothman, etc.?)
    Where are David's parents from? Where in Europe is David's lineage from?
    Flaming liberal

    Samuel Roy Hagar (is his birth name SAMUEL? I've never seen it spelled anywhere like that, EVER!
    Born in Monterey, California
    I heard that Sammy is half Lebanese (father's side), and half Italian (mother's side). Hagar is a Lebanese last name (with the Lebanese Catholics), and Sammy mentioned in a concert on stage last year at the Reunion Tour I was at, that his mom is here, and she's a big Italian woman, and the bra thrown onstage would fit her! LOL! So is Sammy half Lebanese from his father's side? Boxing is the national sport in Lebanon, and Sammy TOTALL has a part Lebanese, part Italian-looking nose! (all of the Mediterranean, basically!). I even had a Lebanese friend (he was Muslim), and he LOOKS JUST LIKE SAMMY, but with dark hair, and guess what his "Americanized" name is? SAM!!!
    Catholic Christian?
    Conservative (has donated tons of money to the Republican party, including $1 million from him, and another cool million from his fellow conservative buddy, Ted Nugent, last year for the 2004 Presidential Race. Sammy is also a big believer in Christ).


    Gary Cherone (his middle name is on the tip of my tongue! Anybody know it?)
    Born in Boston, Massachussets
    Full Italian
    Catholic Christian (has also worked on Jesus Christ Superstar)
    Ultra Conservative (is against abortion, and has even written a few open PUBLIC LETTERS to Eddie Vedder about that issue, DURING GARY'S TIME IN VAN HALEN!!! GO GARY!!! I have also heard from some people, that the brothers were upset in Gary's views and actions, and fired him for that. Who knows?!?!)

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    I'd be willing to bet that Mikey's last name is still Soboleski or whatever, and that Anthony is just the last name he uses in public. It's obviously common that people in the public eye do that. Just changing their name to something that sounds better, like how Alice Cooper's real name is Vincent Faurier.
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    Mikey's is a Polish name.
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    I thought "Anthony" was Mike's middle name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HugeVHfan
    Gary Cherone (his middle name is on the tip of my tongue! Anybody know it?)
    Pretty sure its Francis.

    Ultra Conservative (is against abortion...
    Biiiiiiiig deal. The whole thing with Vedder was just plain stupid.
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    HugeVHfan -

    Intersting questions...interesting thread.

    Please don't take this the wrong way, but I've picked up on a sort of religous slant...there is absolutely nothing wrong with it...I would just caution not to come across too strongly...not that you are..not trying to pick a fight..

    I believe someone's religious beliefs, as well as their political beliefs...sexual preferences, whatever...they are all a matter of privacy. That doesn't mean I haven't given it some thought once in awhile...

    I'm a conservative catholic..who doesn't believe in 1/2 of what my church does...what does that make me, besides silly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    I thought "Anthony" was Mike's middle name.
    It is. Michael Anthony Sobolewski.

    Gary's full name is Gary Francis Caine Cherone.

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    Honestly, WHO CARES??!? It wont change my opinion of any of them, nor will it stop me from buying any of their records. The fact is, they make music for a living and that's the support we give to them - not wheather or not one has a 'FUCK THE NRA' bumper sticker on their vehicle. Come on, man, give me a break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    I thought "Anthony" was Mike's middle name.
    It is.

    BTW, Gary's full name is Gary Francis Caine Cherone.
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    I rember hearing on SNL that Roth was jewish, but what blows me away about that is that he has blonde hair. Is it natural?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HugeVHfan
    Gary Cherone (his middle name is on the tip of my tongue! Anybody know it?)
    Gary's full name is:

    Gary Francis Caine Cherone

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    Quote Originally Posted by vheddyrmv8
    I rember hearing on SNL that Roth was jewish, but what blows me away about that is that he has blonde hair. Is it natural?
    He dyes it, of course! His hair's bleached within an inch of it's life!
    So you broke down, trying to leave town, I broke down crying on your return. You left me feeling hopeful, I'll never see your face again. You made for a bad lover's liver. You stole all the covers and busted my head. You made me such an asshole, I wish we'd never met. I'm tired of being bored. I'm through with the headaches. Hiding my hands that tremble like earthquakes. Under the table, under the daytime sky, Good Fucking Bye- Good Fucking Bye, Alkaline Trio

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    I think these are good questions about the band. Too often we get caught up in the soap opera that has become VH. I believe Ed and Al have a Catholic upbringing, but I'm not sure where their beliefs stand today. Gary is a professed Christian and speaks his personal beliefs out loud (good for Gary). I'm not sure where Sammy or Mikey stand on their faith? And Dave,.....well he's Dave!!

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    Well I don't know for sure, but Sam does include Jesus, and stuff about the cross in quite a bit of his more serious lyrics. and the Seventh Seal is a song about fate,(heard It from a bootleg Sam says it YESSSS! finally I know) and its a reference to the bible.
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