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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Yeah, it would've been a horrible idea to change the name of the band, despite many folks over the years claiming it would've been more apropos.

    The name does matter. But it's funny isn't it. Significant band members can go out and call themselves the old band, but without key players, the masses don't exactly embrace them as once before. They do, but it's always with a graded enthusiasm. Like Axl going out as GnR without Slash. Like Dave or Sammy going out solo without Eddie. Like Journey continuing on without Perry, or Foreigner going out without Gramm, or the Crue without Vince, or Queen without Freddie, Skynyrd without Van Zandt, etc, etc.

    Notable exceptions...VH without Dave to Sammy, AC/DC without Bon to Brian, Rolling Stones without Bryan Jones or Mick Taylor to Ronnie Wood, Genesis without Gabriel to Collins, Maiden without Di'Anno to Dickinson, etc....
    I guess "Van Hagar" would have worked, but I'm glad they kept the original name.
    It may have been different if "Van Halen" wasn't the last name of two of its founding members. Perhaps then they would have changed the name when Sammy joined. If they were "Rat Salad" and Dave left, perhaps they get a new name when Sammy joined.

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    I never disliked the idea of them keeping the same name. That said it may have been better for the band short and long term had they changed it. I don't think Eddie and/or Alex would have acted as immature over the years had the Sammy led band was Van Hagar or something like Maximum Thrust. It simply would have been a project that lasted 4 albums and maybe some of the pissy feelings would have been lessened due to the family name not being attached. Plus there would be no "well Wolfgang can continue the band after we are gone since he has the same last name."

    The whole two bands thing with Mike may have never transpired. Maybe nothing would have changed but I don't think we would have seen some of the attitude from the brothers had the name was different. Plus Dave wouldn't be as insecure with his era.

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    They couldn't change the name. They spent 10 years building that name. To throw all that work away woulda been a mistake.

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    Eddie and al said it best, it’s my fucking name. I’m using it.


    They would fuck up a bowl of cereal left to their own devices but I applaud them for that. They had a confidence in 1985 that they would’ve taken on anyone.


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