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    http://metalshrineblogg.blogspot.com...rone-fran.html

    Here are the Van Halen mentions:


    Nice! When you were singing with Van Halen, do you have any memory of the first meeting you had with those guys and the first jam session? Do you remember what songs you played? Was it just Van Halen songs?

    GC: Yeah, that was the plan. Here I am, just getting out of Extreme, I had a vocal operation and that year I did “Jesus Christ Superstar” and my manager says “You´re gonna be auditioning for Van Halen!” and I go “Yeah, right!” and he goes “No, really!”. Eddie called me and we had a great conversation and we talked about maybe five or six songs I´ll learn. A couple from the Sammy era and a couple from the Dave era and I remember arriving there in the afternoon… I knew Michael Anthony before that and he came out and greeted me. Alex and Eddie were in the studio 5150 at the time and I go “Hey Mike, what´s up man?”. I´d met him a few times and he remembered me and I go “You gotta help me out here man, I´m a little nervous!” and he goes “Nah, don´t worry about it!”. Then Eddie literally came out and shook my hand and said “Hey man, you ready to sing?”. I go “Yeah! You mind if I go to the bathroom?”. (laughs) So I went to the bathroom and said a little prayer, you know, “Just let me do good!”. (laughs)” If I´m not in the band, so what!”. Believe it or not, I went in there and I had nothing to lose. I sang… I think it was “Panama” and then we had a little break and he showed me what was to become “Without you” and we wrote that and I even think some of that take was even on the record.

    Wow, cool! I know you did a video for that one at the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden. Who came up with that idea?

    GC: That was the record company. Believe it or not, but our portion was done in LA.

    You´re kidding?

    GC: Do you believe that? They shipped in all this ice and created this wall of ice and it was melting slowly. They used footage with the girl from the one in Sweden and our performance was done in LA in a hangar.

    I always thought you guys were up there. (laughs)

    GC: Yeah, that´s funny! You should´ve seen it! It was like walking into an ice cave with fans all over and this is the first video and we´re all in winter coats and you walk outside and it´s hot outside.
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    lol! As usual, Gary is very cool. That's actually the first time I've heard that Without You video story. Good stuff! As a side note, I got the Extreme concert dvd, "Take Us Alive" for Christmas, and it is phenomenal! A definite must-have for any Extreme fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie3 View Post
    As a side note, I got the Extreme concert dvd, "Take Us Alive" for Christmas, and it is phenomenal! A definite must-have for any Extreme fan.
    I'd say for any hard rock fan. Damn good live band.

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    Gary's a class act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodewijk View Post
    Gary's a class act.
    And Mike and Sam need to STFU.
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    Ya know, Gary IS a true class act, lol.....that phrase gets tossed around here alot, i know. Having talked to the the guy, i'd say he is THE most genuine of all the former/current VH alum. Yes, yes...Mike is cool, too....hell, i've shared beers with the dude...but i'm just throwing my opinion in on Gary here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie3 View Post
    lol! As usual, Gary is very cool. That's actually the first time I've heard that Without You video story. Good stuff! As a side note, I got the Extreme concert dvd, "Take Us Alive" for Christmas, and it is phenomenal! A definite must-have for any Extreme fan.
    I downloaded that CD on iTunes...fucking love it. I can't wait for them to create some new music!!
    Winners come and go; legends are forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie3 View Post
    lol! As usual, Gary is very cool. That's actually the first time I've heard that Without You video story. Good stuff! As a side note, I got the Extreme concert dvd, "Take Us Alive" for Christmas, and it is phenomenal! A definite must-have for any Extreme fan.
    It is a great performence. I was there and even make a few "cameos" on the DVD. The band was super tight that night.
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    Havent seen Extreme's new DVD yet. I've been a fan since the first album, so you can bet i'll check it out.
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    Nice stuff.

    Thanks for sharing both link and text.
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    I hung out with Extreme in New Haven after their show a couple years ago and they were all extremely (pun intended) nice. Nuno seemed a bit sarcastic and high, but Pat and Gary were very genuine. Gary gave me 100% of his attention which was really surprising considering all the crazy people running around us. I didn't want to ask him anything since he was so kind. I just thanked him for his work and told him he sounded great.

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    I only met the guys from Extreme once and that was right when Pornograffiti was released. Before More Than Words was released so they were nothing huge. Alice In Chains opened though and everybody hated them if that tells you something.

    Anyway the class act of the band was Paul Geary. He actually talked to me for about 30 minutes while Alice was playing. Told the staff to get me a drink and was really cool. Gary and Nuno were unfortunately getting caught up in the moment of being around women. Since I didn't have a split tail, they didn't want to talk to me. They were being pleasant but nothing on the level of Paul.

    However it appears that Gary is a class act

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Ribeiro View Post
    Nice stuff.

    Thanks for sharing both link and text.
    Agreed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddymon View Post
    And Mike and Sam need to STFU.
    They better be wearing cups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodewijk View Post
    Gary's a class act.
    I think a lot of Mike's class actyness rubbed off on Gary..
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