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    Sorry if this should be in Random Shit, but I don't think so. I think this one qualifies. There's one part that's pretty fucking crazy. I saw it and was like, "Uh...okay?" See if you notice:

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    SMYTH: I thought that was cool. I知 not trying to be a cool mom, I知 trying to be a mom-mom, but I guess I have one of the cooler jobs.

    STEREOGUM: Yeah, not every mom has been asked to join Van Halen! Speaking of being a parent, I feel like COVID has reignited a conversation about work-life balance or a total lack thereof especially for mothers. You mentioned earlier that your record label wasn稚 overjoyed at your becoming pregnant in the late 90s. I bet that you never would have had to worry about what a work-life balance looked like as a working musician if you were a man. What was that like to navigate as a working, single parent in the 80s?

    SMYTH: Oh my god, don稚 even get me started on that. When I started touring again, we were doing so great and we were killing but because I知 married to John [McEnroe], literally every agent I talked to was like, 添ou don稚 want to work, do you? I was like, 添eah, I want to work, man, that痴 why I知 here. They would never ask a guy that. They asked me that because I知 a woman, and what? Like, 徹h, I don稚 have to work because my husband has money. Back in my day, you didn稚 go into music to make money, you went into music because you loved it and that痴 what you needed to do.

    I wasn稚 thinking, 徹h wow, I知 going to get rich. I just was like, 展ow, people really like the way I sing. It was totally not a business move. Now it痴 different, people are savvier, but I mean, I have never heard of anyone ask a guy, 添ou don稚 need to work. Like fucking Rod Stewart or Paul McCartney or [any] guy, it痴 like shit turns to money does anyone ever say, 添ou don稚 need to work? It痴 just so weird.

    For me, I致e learned that you can have a child and that you can have a career but you have to have help. Your company, no matter who it is, has to be supportive and help you with that. Maybe you can稚 have it all, but you can write songs, go on the road. And you just do it through the summer months, or whatever it is, or if you have a partner who can hang with your kids. Back then, especially the record labels, they didn稚 give two shits. They weren稚 going to help me work around it. I wasn稚 a big enough star. Maybe if I was a huge star I was doing well, but it wasn稚 like I was Barbra Streisand, or something.

    When I was pregnant the first time, it had an adverse effect on my career, although I still was able to come back and have the biggest records that I ever had. But still, I got a lot of pushback, I got a lot of judgment and criticism for it. But for me, I just know, this is the way that I致e always been. And it has nothing to do with being a mom, it started long before that that the people in my life, my family, my friends that I consider family, are what痴 important to me. I love singing and writing; it痴 my number one priority, but there have been times when I did step away for a minute. I had a terminally ill friend who I needed to spend time with because nobody else was and that痴 something that I did. I took the time, I can step back, I just didn稚 need to be doing it all the time and with this vicious drive. I think I知 a little bit different in that way but I知 not willing to sacrifice my kids for my career.

    I don稚 have to think about that now because [my kids are] grownups, but there was a moment when I had to choose and I chose my kids. That痴 what I had to do. At that point, as a single parent, I didn稚 really have that and there wasn稚 anyone else who could step in for me. My mom was helping me but my oldest daughter needed me, and so I was in Europe and I was supposed to go to Spain and [record] 鉄ometimes Love Just Ain稚 Enough in Spanish, and I felt like, 的 can稚. I知 sorry, I have to go home. So they were very upset with me, but I just had to do it, I couldn稚 take another phone call from my kids. I don稚 regret that at all.

    STEREOGUM: How about when you were asked to join Van Halen? I致e read that your decision not to replace David Lee Roth was partially to do with the fact that you were pregnant at the time but that it was more to do with your not being interested in the party-hard LA lifestyle.

    SMYTH: They were heavy drinkers. I don稚 drink. I never saw myself living in LA. I was like, 的知 from New York, we don稚 move to LA.

    It痴 all semantics because if [Eddie] had said to me, 鏑et痴 make a record, then I would have said yes to that. But joining the band to me then, 徹h god, they fight all the time, him and his brother, and I don稚 want to get into a volatile situation. And I was probably heavily hormoned out because I was eight months pregnant, so there was a state of mind that I was in of how I need to take care of myself. But I regretted turning him down. For a long time I regretted it. When you start to have regrets, I was like, 徹h man I would致e made so much money.

    I wish I had the right kind of luck. I feel it痴 just like I知 in this stream or this river and sometimes it痴 just taking you where you need to go. Sometimes you致e got to paddle and go in certain directions and other times you池e just letting it take you. And for me, like I said, my life has turned out unbelievable. That I致e been married and with the same man for 25 years is insane.

    STEREOGUM: Yeah, that is amazing.

    SMYTH: Who the heck knows what would致e happened if I joined Van Halen?

    STEREOGUM: Also, I don稚 know the details surrounding the tensions you experienced within Scandal, but do you think it痴 fair to say that your prior negative experience in a group dynamic might have given you pause to join another way more publicly rambunctious group?

    SMYTH: Yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. I知 sure. And also just the fact that it was like, 的知 going to have to move to LA. I should have just had the conversation [with Eddie]. It was such a weird conversation. But if he had said to me, 鏑ook, just come out for a few months and make a record. Have the baby, come out and let痴 make a record. That to me would致e been more doable.

    And I never said anything about it for years. I got a call from Ed and he was like, 鏑ook, I知 not saying that I asked you to join because I don稚 want Sammy Hagar to look like [he was] second choice, and I was like, 徹K. So I never spoke about it after that. I知 like, all right I don稚 need to tell people. If someone asked me, I didn稚 lie but I didn稚 really talk about it that much.
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    I guess there's 2 ways to read into that part I was talking about. One's "holy shit," and two is "ah, that makes sense."
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    Thank God that never happened it was bad enough that Ed lost his fire and creativity when Sam joined
    21 years old and dad has thrown him the keys to the car!!

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    Ed's a really bad decision maker.

    She would have been a terrible choice for VH, post DLR.
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    “Look, I’m not saying that I asked you to join because I don’t want Sammy Hagar to look like [he was] second choice,” and I was like, “OK.”

    Humm ... That's interesting.

    But how about Jimmy Barnes and Eric Martin? Along with Patty Smyth, they were also options that EVH had in mind.
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    And I hate to say this but just because she was asked to join the band, doesn't necessarily mean she would have made it to the point where she would actually be in the band. Did they even jam or anything to even know if it would work?

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    But how about Jimmy Barnes and Eric Martin? Along with Patty Smyth, they were also options that EVH had in mind.
    Evidently Darryl Hall as well.
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    This reads to me a lot like the decision-making process after Sam left. Cryptically ask six different people to be the next singer and see what happens.

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    Yeah I saw it as Eddie meaning:

    "Yes, we looked into the all-star album with different singers, Daryl Hall (who may have been just part of that), Jimmy Barnes, Eric Martin, and Patty, but I'm glad we ended up with Sammy ultimately who really ended up our first choice (we just didn't think of him yet at the time). And I don't want the general public thinking we wanted those people first."

    Or

    "We wanted Patty first knowing Sam was an option because of Claudio, she declined, and he was our second choice."
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    Sorry, i cannot picture the Scandal singer belting out, Somebody get me a doctor & Unchained.

    Sounds like Ed needed to do a solo album, not a VH album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    Sorry, i cannot picture the Scandal singer belting out, Somebody get me a doctor & Unchained.

    Sounds like Ed needed to do a solo album, not a VH album.
    I think Ed had the hots for Patty, which I totally understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VH51504 View Post
    Thank God that never happened it was bad enough that Ed lost his fire and creativity when Sam joined
    Lost his fire and creativity? Got to disagree with this 100%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    Ed's a really bad decision maker.

    She would have been a terrible choice for VH, post DLR.
    The greatest decision he ever made was getting Sammy in the band when Dave left. His worst decision was firing Sammy.
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    I wonder if she takes it in the ___!
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    I don't think Eddie likes singers, period. Not sure if he ever did.
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    Well there were some strong rumors that Eddie was involved with her around that time. So it may not have made sense musically, but it would've made sense... in another way! And Ed was drinking, so his logic was impaired, thinking he could do all this without Val noticing...
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