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    Default Eric Martin's (Mr. Big) brush with Van Halen - 1985

    From Melodicrock.com

    (Eric admits to having several cups of coffee, can you tell?)

    Nice one! I also read somewhere that you actually auditioned for Van Halen. Is that true?

    EM: Well, I was asked to… I was being produced by this guy Danny Kortchmar in 1987 (I think Eric means 1985.). We were recording in this studio called Record One and on one side is everybody who played on the Don Henley record (Building the perfect beast), with Danny Kortchmar producing. Just everybody who´s everybody is on Don Henley´s record and then next door, a little studio paid by Capitol Records, Danny Kortchmar is doing double duty and producing me, with this guy Greg Ladanyi. God rest his soul, he just passed away recently, and everybody from the Don Henley camp, who seemed they were taking a break from the “Building the perfect beast” album, to do my record, cocaine and all. (laughs). A lot of drugs and booze and they´re all doing my record. Kooch, who lives in New York City, we finished that record and Kooch was a really good friend of Steve Jordan´s and Steve I hung out with a lot making that record. The three of us hung a lot in those days and at that time, Steve Jordan was the drummer for the David Letterman Show and in the middle of 85, Eddie Van Halen was on as a guest and playing with the band. So Jordan and Kooch are all hanging out with Eddie Van Halen and Kooch goes “Hey, I´ve got this album that I have to play for you man! This kid is an amazing singer! You´re looking for a singer since Dave Lee Roth quit blah blah blah, here it is!”. Long story longer, I´m in this funky part of town in San Francisco, the whole bad sitcom and rats in the cellar (laughs) and the telephone rings. First it´s the answering machine, because I wasn´t home. I was probably painting the house that day. He goes “I gotta tell you man, I love your voice, but I hate your record!”, that´s what he said and he goes on “I absolutely fucking hate your record. I guy like you shouldn´t be in this fucking band!”, but it was my solo record, so it was like “Oh, man that´s… funky.”. Then he said “Well, I want you to come to LA and I want to give you an audition. I want to meet you!. And then he goes “I´ll call back!”. So, he calls back and this is 85 plus no one is going to believe me that Eddie Van Halen is calling me plus he doesn´t like to be called Eddie and I was told a million times in the conversation, “I don´t like to be called Eddie! Cease and desist with that shit!”. He was kidding around in the beginning and said “Call me Edward!”. Well I took a taperecorder out with those suction cup things and I put it on the telephone and he calls back, because he tells me he´s calling back on Friday night and I´m talking to him and he goes “Hey dude, I really like your voice and I want you to come audition for the band!” and I´m like “Oh my God, this is amazing! I can´t believe it!”. Later on I listen to the tape and here´s Eddie Van Halen in a dark voice and here´s me “Oh my God!” (in a high pitched voice). So I was going down to LA. Me and Neal Schon were going. We did a movie soundtrack and we were going down to see the movie premiere. We´re in the airport and guess who´s in the airport? Sammy Hagar! This is a fucking true story! I´ll even send you the picture because somebody snapped a picture. Sammy goes “Where are you guys going?” and Neal says “Well, we´re doing this premiere and Eric´s gonna go talk to Eddie Van Halen!” and I go “Yeah, I don´t know what´s going on.”. First of all, I´m talking but I´m stuttering and stammering. Even though I´m friends with Neal Schon, I´m still starstruck and Sammy Hagar is a friend and even to this day I´m a friend, but I get intimidated easily by rock stars. Anyway, Sammy goes “Man, I just got back from talking to that dude and I got the gig! I got the gig!” and I go “Did you audition?” and he goes “Fuck that audition! I don´t need to audition! I got the gig! I´ve known the Van Halen guys for a long time.”. I used to read Creem Magazine and I go “Man, didn´t you guys use to fight?” and Sammy goes “We never fought! We would say bad shit, but…”. It´s like Sammy and David always badmouthing each other in a magazine and he goes “No, I never had a problem with Edward!” and I went “Oh, he´s got the gig! He´s already calling him Edward.” (laughs). Anyway, I just thought of that at the top of my head. So I go down to LA and we go to the premiere and we have a good time. It´s raining and I don´t know what it was… I´m talking to Eddie Van Halen on the phone and he goes “Go up Coldwater Canyon blah blah blah.” And I also my friend Zeke Clark, who worked for me for years, got his big break and went off to be Eddie Van Halen´s guitar tech. I thought “My God, everything´s perfect!”. Anyway, Eddie says “I´m gonna give you Zeke and he´ll give you directions.”. I go “Hey man, what´s going on? Is he in a good mood?” and he goes “Yeah man, he´s kind of scattered right now, but come down!”. It was weird. The way he talked on the phone. Let me tell you man, for weeks before I went down to LA, I was like “Oh my God! I might be in Van Halen. And David Lee Roth? I can´t do that on stage!” and I´m totally freaking myself out. I bragged about it to my girlfriend and my friends and I´m going “ I might be the Van Halen singer! Oh my God!” and then when I actually go down to LA, I´m pissing myself. So I chickened out. I completely chickened out.
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    Great story but damn, it took a lot of mental strength to read that wall of text.

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    Eric's a cool dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorance_is_bliss View Post
    Great story but damn, it took a lot of mental strength to read that wall of text.
    even the unabomber used paragraphs....

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    Eric Martin is too skinny to be in VH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Eric Martin is too skinny to be in VH.
    Sammy was quite a bit thinner in 1985 too.
    Its the bass players in that band who like to eat.
    'Old Van Halen, when I was in it-classic Van Halen-makes you wanna drink, dance and screw, right? And the new Van Halen encourages you to drink milk, drive a Nissan and have a relationship.' - David Lee Roth.

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    Yeah, I couldn't begin to penetrate that wall of text either.

    But I double-take every time I see the name Eric Martin, as that is my name, too - a whole thread, dedicated to me!?
    In another life I would have formed a band with him and we'd have called ourselves The Eric Martins.

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    Interesting read. When I was booking clubs back in the day(2001/03) I got a call from Eric Martin's manager about booking him. Dug the Mr. Big stuff but didn't think he would draw by himself back then. I guess they got a new record coming out and the first single wasn't too bad, almost modern sounding actually.

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    Never heard of this story!

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    For those that can't make it through that low IQ teenage girl monologue without wanting to cut your own eyes out in disbelief at the idiocy of this man's language, here's the story:

    Got a call from Ed. Didn't go.
    A man could lose himself in a country like this.

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    hey, I don't like to be called Eddie (either). Please call me CAV

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    Seriously, is there anyone who wasn't almost the singer in Van Halen, at some point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavs5150 View Post
    Seriously, is there anyone who wasn't almost the singer in Van Halen, at some point?
    This got me thinkin'. My knowledge of the early days might be off but... wasn't Eddie the original singer in the Mammoth line-up?

    And then they picked up Mike before Dave, right? Was Mike the lead for a very short time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    For those that can't make it through that low IQ teenage girl monologue without wanting to cut your own eyes out in disbelief at the idiocy of this man's language, here's the story:

    Got a call from Ed. Didn't go.
    Thank you. I didn't understand a thing that idiot was saying and stopped about halfway through.

 

 

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