I just bought this book, "The Billboard Book Of Number One Albums". They have every #1 album up until 1996, when the book was published, with a page write-up on each album. For "Balance", listen to this excerpt:

"What Ed Leffler was to me, Ray has been to Alex," says Hagar. "If Alex wasn't sure about some deal that came down, he would always call Ray for his sounding board... Ray was already there for Al, but after Ed died, Alex started turning to Ray more and more.

"He was the obvious guy," adds Hagar. "Also, he had the track record of staying with a band for so long with Rush, for the 23 years they have been together. It was important that we found someone who showed commitment, rather than someone after the flavor of the month."

Funny to see what Sammy has to say about Ray back then.

"The thing that inspires me the most is my bottle of Jack Daniels. It's my best friend in the world. Ol' Jack will never let you down. He's always there when you need him" - Nikki Sixx, Hit Parader magazine 1986

"Van Halen is 'Get the fuck off the sidewalk if ya don't like our drivin' kinda music!" - David Lee Roth

"We get to the hotel, there's people partyin' in the parking lot, people gettin' down in the elevator, wow! I swear to God I had this one chick, this chick was poundin' on my door, she was kickin' and screamin' at my door 'til about 6.30 this morning. Finally, I just said, 'Fuck it!' and let her out of my room!" - David Lee Roth