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    Default Gary Cherone Talks Van Halen [03.02.12]

    I talked to Gary today for a few hours. Nuts. What a stand up guy. He is just as big a VH fan as all of us.

    Here are some highlights:

    * LOVES the new record. Said it is the best Van Halen record since Fair Warning.

    * Thinks China Town would have been the best choice for first single.

    * Surprisingly, feels completely removed from the band since he left. He is able to look objectively as you and I at the current situation.

    * Takes FULL blame for "How Many Say I." He came up with the melody and lyrics and showed it to Eddie. Later that night, actually in the middle of the night, Ed woke up Val and asked if he could go downstairs and play the piano. He did, and recorded himself doing the song to show Gary the piano parts he came up with. Upon hearing it, Gary pushed him to record it for the album. In retrospect, says it obviously doesn't work as a VH song, and he wishes he sang it on III. He is currently working on his own version of it and will be performing it acoustic on the upcoming Extreme song.

    * For the demoing of the second record with VH, he worked on "Ripley" which we obviously now know as "Blood and Fire." A full version was completed.

    * Saw Alex without his sunglasses more than with. Perks of "being in the inner-circle."

    * Zero bad blood between he and the brothers. Was going to hook up with Ed a couple years back in L.A. but it just got screwed up because of the scheduling.

    * Did a song a few years ago with his band Hurtsmile on the Daniel Faulkner/Mumia Abu Jamal case. His manager was worried about how it would be received. Said, "There are Black Panthers involved in this and shit." Gary was like, "I dealt with Van Halen fans who wanted Sammy or Dave but not me in the front row every night. I think I can handle it."

    * Won't be seeing the band in Boston, but says he will fly out to see them somewhere else.

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    Regardless of his tenure in VH, I feel badly for the guy. He seemed to be blamed for the lack of success with III and reality is it was the whole band not just Gary. He was put in a unbelievably tough position and he had balls to try it. Ed should at least stay in touch with the guy.

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    Very cool!
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    Gary is a class act.

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    Gary and I grew up in the same city and I've got to know him a little bit over the years. He is super cool and humble, and I wish things could of worked out better for him in VH.

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    Everyone can say what they want,but the live shows with Mr.Elaphant ball and VH are among the best i saw,and i saw all eras in all timeframes.He is totally right in saying in the past,that VH3 would have been a diffrent album if they had tourd first then made the album.He is 100% class and i will always support whatever he does in the future.

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    Don't care for VHIII, but Gary seems like a good guy.

    So can we refer to his version of "Ripley" as the hemorrhoid song, "Blood and Fire in the Hole"?
    Wolfgang did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.

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    Damn, M.C., I've had the chance to talk to Gary a few times but was sort of afraid...haha. I'm not used to talking to rock stars, especially ones so down-to-earth like Gary. I stood around with him and Pat Badger and another fan after a show in New Haven in '08. I asked a few general questions and gave some praise, but I didn't really include myself much. I saw Hurtsmile in Rochester a few months back and could have spoken to him, but I was a bit put off by this guy and his girl trying to drag me to their party who were doing the same thing. When Gary was walking to the back after the show to clean up, he told me and the couple that he'd come out and talk with us. I probably should have stayed, but again, I'm one of those rare shy rock concert goers. I don't fit in with the crowds. I don't drink and don't really have that rebellious attitude. I'm pretty damn straight...haha. The thing is, if I was able to have the chance to talk to Gary one-on-one, I think we'd have a good conversation. He comes off as extremely personable. Were you able to find any out any info on Extreme's future plans? I know they're finally getting around to doing their Pornografitti album tour in Europe...Any U.S. shows or album(s) coming?

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    I think some of the stuff they did on 3 was great....


    Say ya missed me...say it like ya mean it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOaverageJOE View Post
    Damn, M.C., I've had the chance to talk to Gary a few times but was sort of afraid...haha. I'm not used to talking to rock stars, especially ones so down-to-earth like Gary. I stood around with him and Pat Badger and another fan after a show in New Haven in '08. I asked a few general questions and gave some praise, but I didn't really include myself much. I saw Hurtsmile in Rochester a few months back and could have spoken to him, but I was a bit put off by this guy and his girl trying to drag me to their party who were doing the same thing. When Gary was walking to the back after the show to clean up, he told me and the couple that he'd come out and talk with us. I probably should have stayed, but again, I'm one of those rare shy rock concert goers. I don't fit in with the crowds. I don't drink and don't really have that rebellious attitude. I'm pretty damn straight...haha. The thing is, if I was able to have the chance to talk to Gary one-on-one, I think we'd have a good conversation. He comes off as extremely personable. Were you able to find any out any info on Extreme's future plans? I know they're finally getting around to doing their Pornografitti album tour in Europe...Any U.S. shows or album(s) coming?
    They are gonna end up doing Pornograffiti here too for the anniversary. Likely in the summer. They are just getting set to head back into the studio to record a new record now that the Nuno/Rhianna thing has wrapped up.

    And btw, the first so-called "rockstar" I ever met was Ozzy back on the 'No More Tears' tour. I worked at record store in Philly and we had moved the most product, so my manager and I got a private audience before the regular meet and greet.

    I was a blubbering idiot.

    After leaving the backstage, I almost threw down with Zakk Wylde because he was treating fans in the alley by the bus like shit. At that point, I swore never to put anyone else on a pedestal and make a fool of myself in the process. Yeah, I appreciate the art and sometimes genius that these people create, but we're all human. Treating them like a person has gotten me so much further than being an awestruck fan (which is sooo tough at times), and if you can just put your headspace in "They are human too," it makes it so much easier.

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    VH3 had an opportunity. Aside from HMSI, it suffered from a lack of arrangement and solid production. Gary should have gotten at least one more try. Damn Warner Brothers just thought there was no hit single.

    Anyways, Gary always seems like a cool guy. Don't agree with some of his politics, but he's always come off as a humble, regular dude who just happens to have an amazing voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomeoDelight View Post
    Don't care for VHIII, but Gary seems like a good guy.

    So can we refer to his version of "Ripley" as the hemorrhoid song, "Blood and Fire in the Hole"?
    Maybe just me but "Blood and Fire in the hole" sounds a lot worse than a Hemmoroid. That's one vicious sounding pile!

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    I wonder if the comments Sammy has made about Gary failing as VH's lead singer have ever bothered Gary. So Gary thinks the new album is better than everything they did with Sammy? Glad to see Gary loves it and doesn't let his association stop him from enjoying great music. I've got to believe that Sammy, being a fan of guitar, has to love the stuff Eddie does on the album.

    I don't hate VHIII, but it's just not a VH album. It's Van Halen trying to grunge their music up a little.Enjoyed the tour because of getting to see Eddie, plus getting to hear both eras of VH instead of one or the other. Plus Kenny Wayne Shepherd opened for them. Nothing against Kool and the Gang! lol

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    Default hey M.C.....

    To Mr. "M.C." just curious bro, you dont have to reveal your identity, but what line of work are you in to get to talk to these guys so easily? radio? recording? lucky for you to be so priviliged to talk with these guys and share with us..thanks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeK21 View Post
    VH3 had an opportunity. Aside from HMSI, it suffered from a lack of arrangement and solid production. Gary should have gotten at least one more try.
    False.

 

 

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