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    Dave & Dave Unchained VH Podcast

    Check the last hour of this podcast out. Some unidentified insider... lot of differing takes from 85 when Dave quit/didn't quit, reunion tours, 96 recordings, 2004 tour Dave turned down due to Ed's lack of sobriety so VH went with Hagar... Dave's health issues... 2007/8 reunion, ADKOT sessions... Interesting takes and twists.

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    Listened to this yesterday and yeah very interesting.

    Seems to line up everything about Dave and the Van Halens relationship throughout the years.

    And yes confirms that Alex hates Sam.
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    I think the 1985 thing makes sense.

    Which is why Dave always said that they could "reconvene somewhere down the line".

    He never realized that there would be a Van Halen without him. Sure Ed would get another singer but not release it under the Van Halen name. Of course thats not what happened.

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    Very interesting last hour.
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    Seems a bit odd that the source wouldn't go on record as to who they were. Perhaps the person had signed a confidentiality agreement back then, and is possibly concerned about a potential libel lawsuit?

    Even if the person was in a position to have a firsthand perspective on some or all of the Van Halen related events from the 1985 breakup to the ADKOT album - a not insubstantial span of time - a lot of those happenings took place 20 + years ago. The passage of that amount of time can potentially alter perspectives, sometimes making events clearer in hindsight, other times casting a shadow of vagueness over happenings long gone.

    I couldn't say Roth would have been amiss to believe that maybe the Van Halens wouldn't be able to get their act together when he left the band in 1985. I never got the sense from what Roth said publicly during that period that he hoped they wouldn't, and [Roth] wouldn't have been the only person to think that Van Halen wasn't necessarily going to have the level of commercial success they did when he left. Then again, I never got the sense that Dave wanted to leave Van Halen in 1985, but for a variety of reasons the band just wasn't able to function anymore.

    I hadn't heard about Dave turning down the 2004 tour before, but it would make sense that touring must have been a consideration in light of the rehearsals and recordings Dave made with the band in...was it 2001? I think it was 2001 that Dave got back with the band again and they worked up some new material. I may be wrong about the year...was it 2000? I used to have better command of the narrative in terms of having the dates committed to memory. Anyway, whenever it was, I'd be sort of interested in hearing about that attempt at reuniting. Mostly because what little info has surfaced has been just a few brief and vague utterances, as opposed to the 1996 thing which was more fleshed out re: behind the scenes in comparison. There again, though, I hadn't heard about the Mitch Malloy 1996 thing until a decade or so after it happened.

    It seems to me that Dave was cautious enough in 2007 to make sure that Ed was in a condition to play reasonably well. Cautious enough to agree delaying the tour until Ed sobered up. I can't say if Ed's 2007 rehab was spearheaded by Roth insisting Ed sober up, or Ed wanting to sober up, or Ed's son urging Ed to sober up, or maybe Azoff getting pressure from promoters to demonstrate that Ed had sobered up before the tour would be booked. Or the combination of all those factors. It wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that since Dave was upping his game in 2007 in terms of preparation and rehearsal he would want to be assured that Ed was doing the same. Sure, Dave wanted a reunion, but I'd imagine he wouldn't want to willingly go into a reunion if Ed was a mess. I don't think Hagar particularly wanted to front a reunion with Ed in an underperforming condition, either. The difference was that by his own admission Hagar saw all the warning signs and went ahead anyway. Maybe Dave saw some of those same warning signs in 2000/2001, realized that the entire band wouldn't be firing on all cylinders and made the call that it would be better not to have a reunion at all if it wasn't going to live up to expectations.

    Who knows? With so much of what the band undertook from 2000 onward, it was done with a comparatively minimal amount of public disclosure from the band themselves in terms of updating the fanbase as to what was happening. Mike Anthony hasn't said much about 2000-2004 in interviews, which overall is fine with me. Partly because what what one was able to glimpse and learn about those years was saddening to hear, Hagar's book being a case in point. Yeah, in a car crash rubbernecking way Hagar's stories about Ed's behavior were of interest, but ultimately it was pretty sad to see Ed going down the tubes like that.

    Which is kind of my overall take on the insider accounts of Van Halen that have surfaced over the years, in that there is this juxtaposition between how listening to the music made me feel vs. the backstage accounts of how the music was made. It reminds me of the metaphor of the little boy who runs off to join the circus, in that it's one thing to sit in the audience and marvel at the spectacle and an eye-opener when you get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, elephant shit and all. As a teen in the 1980s, I had an understandably naive view about how rock bands interacted. The image is that of a group of guys unified and united in harmony to make great music, so I figured it just must be that way with the members of a band all the time. That probably was never the case even with bands that stayed together for decades like, say, Rush: that band had periods of creative tension between Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson over the amount of keyboards used on their albums in the mid to late 1980s. And those were two guys who seemingly enjoyed one another's company far more than Dave and Eddie did. Then you throw in drugs, alcohol, egos, wrangling over publishing rights, commercial pressures, lifestyle differences, disagreements over image...kind of more surprising to me that the Roth-fronted Van Halen lasted as long as they did than them breaking up in 1985.
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    Rest assured, we can agree that yes its true Ed Leffler made a better deal for Van Hagar that made them more money. He was a manager that knew what he was doing. Something CVH really needed.

    If OU812 tanked, we can also all agree Ed and Al wouldve dumped Sam in a heartbeat and called up Dave. Even when by that point Al - maybe lesser extent Ed - it seems weren't crazy about Sam according to this insider but the money they were making was too good.

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    2000 - 2002 saw the aftermath of VH III and there was still some hope of things going somewhere... plus the band in general didn't fully hate their fans. 2002 though... saw Ed's cancer journey start and his divorce from Val. That's when the wheels fell completely off.

    I recall that time period from when the internet fan sites and the band's official site were quite busy and growing. Michael Anthony was the only band member that had any public presence and he did a few get togethers at some Mexican restaurant. He was trying keep the VH torch lit while Ed was literally pissing on it.

    2004 was a mess and if Roth was indeed approached it was wise he passed on it... I recall that interview during rehearsals where Ed was showing off his guitar neck where he marked which key each fret was... because he was too drunk most the time to remember... sad.

    2004-2006 was Ed's porn period... another forgettable period musically. I think his relationship with Janie grounded some things and the Smithsonian recognition helped put Ed on a better path. Thankful all those forces and Wolfgang got Ed onto a better place that gave us the 2007/8 reunion and an album.

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    It seems the trauma from the initial split w Dave colored so much the rest of the band history and how they interacted with everyone. The brothers seem to lack some of the tools on their own to deal with life, and people despite being amazing artists. Great art is seldom created by well balanced folks
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    I say the band doesn't breakup in '85 if they had actual professional management.

    By the time Monk was dumped, the band was sputtering out of control. There was no one to help steer the band through this turbulent time. If CVH had proper management, they would've convinced Edward to make 5150 as his solo album. Bring whatever singer you want. Dont call it Van Halen. Ensure that everyone was under a contract of sorts and move on.

    Have CVH reconvene by 1987 for a new release in '88.

    Too bad things didnt unfold that way.

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    I'd have to agree with ZahZoo in that generally speaking I too was still hopeful Van Halen would do something decent in the immediate wake of Cherone's departure in...was it the fall of 1999 that Cherone left?

    I can't remember now when the rumors first surfaced that Dave had gotten back with the band in 2001, or when Roth confirmed that he had gotten back with the band in 2001...actually, I just confirmed that it was 2000 that Dave got back
    with the band. And it was a year later in 2001 that both Dave and Mike confirmed said reunion had taken place a year earlier. THAT is why I kept thinking 2001.

    But, yeah, Cherone leaves in 1999 and it took Van Halen nearly 5 years before they hit the road again with Hagar. And I was like, it took them half a decade just to fob off a few new songs with Hagar and do a Sam Halen reunion?

    And even after Dave finally started working with the band again in late 2006, Dave was working with Van Halen for nearly a decade when that 2015 tour concluded. And they managed to do three tours and an album in that span of time.
    I mean, it took them 5 years after Dave rejoined to put out ADKOT (I don't even count that Tokyo Dome album, because that thing just smacked of being hastily thrown out there).

    Part of the thing for me was perhaps being able to remember when Dave was initially in Van Halen, and they were basically doing an album and tour every year, so while I wasn't expecting THAT pace circa 2007 I was kinda hopeful
    they would be more productive in terms of studio stuff.

    However, sort of along the lines of probably having been lucky the CVH lineup lasted as long as it did, eventually I kinda came around to thinking that when I took into account the various illnesses, the wear and tear of age, the egos
    involved, the addiction factor and the rest of it...I was probably lucky to have seen Dave back with the band at all, because after that 2004 Hagar tour and Ed's general physical appearance in 2004, 2005 and 2006...I mean, it's terrible
    to say, but I honestly thought toward the end of 2006 that Eddie was gonna drop dead at any minute...and I didn't really think at the end of 2006 that Dave was really up to fronting Van Halen in arenas in a way that wouldn't be
    embarrassing to watch.

    But they put it together. It wasn't perfect. There were rough spots. Overall, though, what they managed to reconstruct was just about the best they could do considering everything everyone had been through.

    Dave was great on that first reunion tour.

    Ed reconstituted his mojo by the time that 2nd reunion tour rolled around: I remember watching them playing Girl Gone Bad on that tour and literally getting chills because Ed was so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Seems a bit odd that the source wouldn't go on record as to who they were. Perhaps the person had signed a confidentiality agreement back then, and is possibly concerned about a potential libel lawsuit?

    Even if the person was in a position to have a firsthand perspective on some or all of the Van Halen related events from the 1985 breakup to the ADKOT album - a not insubstantial span of time - a lot of those happenings took place 20 + years ago. The passage of that amount of time can potentially alter perspectives, sometimes making events clearer in hindsight, other times casting a shadow of vagueness over happenings long gone.

    I couldn't say Roth would have been amiss to believe that maybe the Van Halens wouldn't be able to get their act together when he left the band in 1985. I never got the sense from what Roth said publicly during that period that he hoped they wouldn't, and [Roth] wouldn't have been the only person to think that Van Halen wasn't necessarily going to have the level of commercial success they did when he left. Then again, I never got the sense that Dave wanted to leave Van Halen in 1985, but for a variety of reasons the band just wasn't able to function anymore.

    I hadn't heard about Dave turning down the 2004 tour before, but it would make sense that touring must have been a consideration in light of the rehearsals and recordings Dave made with the band in...was it 2001? I think it was 2001 that Dave got back with the band again and they worked up some new material. I may be wrong about the year...was it 2000? I used to have better command of the narrative in terms of having the dates committed to memory. Anyway, whenever it was, I'd be sort of interested in hearing about that attempt at reuniting. Mostly because what little info has surfaced has been just a few brief and vague utterances, as opposed to the 1996 thing which was more fleshed out re: behind the scenes in comparison. There again, though, I hadn't heard about the Mitch Malloy 1996 thing until a decade or so after it happened.

    It seems to me that Dave was cautious enough in 2007 to make sure that Ed was in a condition to play reasonably well. Cautious enough to agree delaying the tour until Ed sobered up. I can't say if Ed's 2007 rehab was spearheaded by Roth insisting Ed sober up, or Ed wanting to sober up, or Ed's son urging Ed to sober up, or maybe Azoff getting pressure from promoters to demonstrate that Ed had sobered up before the tour would be booked. Or the combination of all those factors. It wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that since Dave was upping his game in 2007 in terms of preparation and rehearsal he would want to be assured that Ed was doing the same. Sure, Dave wanted a reunion, but I'd imagine he wouldn't want to willingly go into a reunion if Ed was a mess. I don't think Hagar particularly wanted to front a reunion with Ed in an underperforming condition, either. The difference was that by his own admission Hagar saw all the warning signs and went ahead anyway. Maybe Dave saw some of those same warning signs in 2000/2001, realized that the entire band wouldn't be firing on all cylinders and made the call that it would be better not to have a reunion at all if it wasn't going to live up to expectations.

    Who knows? With so much of what the band undertook from 2000 onward, it was done with a comparatively minimal amount of public disclosure from the band themselves in terms of updating the fanbase as to what was happening. Mike Anthony hasn't said much about 2000-2004 in interviews, which overall is fine with me. Partly because what what one was able to glimpse and learn about those years was saddening to hear, Hagar's book being a case in point. Yeah, in a car crash rubbernecking way Hagar's stories about Ed's behavior were of interest, but ultimately it was pretty sad to see Ed going down the tubes like that.

    Which is kind of my overall take on the insider accounts of Van Halen that have surfaced over the years, in that there is this juxtaposition between how listening to the music made me feel vs. the backstage accounts of how the music was made. It reminds me of the metaphor of the little boy who runs off to join the circus, in that it's one thing to sit in the audience and marvel at the spectacle and an eye-opener when you get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, elephant shit and all. As a teen in the 1980s, I had an understandably naive view about how rock bands interacted. The image is that of a group of guys unified and united in harmony to make great music, so I figured it just must be that way with the members of a band all the time. That probably was never the case even with bands that stayed together for decades like, say, Rush: that band had periods of creative tension between Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson over the amount of keyboards used on their albums in the mid to late 1980s. And those were two guys who seemingly enjoyed one another's company far more than Dave and Eddie did. Then you throw in drugs, alcohol, egos, wrangling over publishing rights, commercial pressures, lifestyle differences, disagreements over image...kind of more surprising to me that the Roth-fronted Van Halen lasted as long as they did than them breaking up in 1985.
    Unamed VH insider sources is much like the good ol PENTHOUSE FORUM. You knew it was bullshit but you read it anyways and enjoyed it.
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    Wolfgang has been pretty honest about his dad. They wanted to get Ed on the road even when he was in a bad state hoping the responsibility of a tour and doing shows would snap him out of it. Ed was a professional and took what he did seriously even if everything else in his life was fucked up but sadly it didn't work and Ed was a sad freak show that tour. It might be true Dave had the integrity not to do it but Sam being the slime ball he is did and then he told the public all the dirt about Ed which now he claims he regrets. Whatever Sam. You are just a slimy opportunist and if you liked suits you would be a politician.

    Wolfgang also said his dad did get laid up due to a motorcycle accident so Deep Throat does have some things right or they might know those things because they listened to a few Wolfgang interviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie Velvet View Post
    I say the band doesn't breakup in '85 if they had actual professional management.

    By the time Monk was dumped, the band was sputtering out of control. There was no one to help steer the band through this turbulent time. If CVH had proper management, they would've convinced Edward to make 5150 as his solo album. Bring whatever singer you want. Dont call it Van Halen. Ensure that everyone was under a contract of sorts and move on.

    Have CVH reconvene by 1987 for a new release in '88.

    Too bad things didnt unfold that way.
    Miles Copeland said the biggest enemy of an act is themselves. Acts self destruct and often a manager can't stop it; especially, if it's substance abuse issues which Van Halen was having problems with. But you make a great point. I always maintained what kept Van Halen going for a bit was they got great management when Sammy's manager took over and look at what happened to that band when that manager passed away.

    Van Halen couldn't manage it's way out of a paper bag on it's own.

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    Anyways Van Halen the band died in 1984. Everything that came after paled in comparison. By the time Roth got back fronting them he was too old and really the only reason to see them was to see Eddie play but for most the 2000's that wasn't even worth seeing. At least Ed had one good tour before he went. It was like seeing Babe Ruth hit one last home run.

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    Thing's kind of went to shit after the year 2,000. This hasn't been a good century so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Unamed VH insider sources is much like the good ol PENTHOUSE FORUM. You knew it was bullshit but you read it anyways and enjoyed it.

    Starting in 1996, guessing what might be happening behind the scenes was more entertaining than what the band were actually doing.

    During the CVH era, the music was so good I didn't really wonder much what was going on behind the curtain. I just assumed it was a non-stop party.

    I never wondered in the least what was taking place offstage during the Hagar years at the time, because who gave a shit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Anyways Van Halen the band died in 1984. Everything that came after paled in comparison. By the time Roth got back fronting them he was too old and really the only reason to see them was to see Eddie play but for most the 2000's that wasn't even worth seeing. At least Ed had one good tour before he went. It was like seeing Babe Ruth hit one last home run.
    I'd say Ed had two good tours before he went (the last two), but your Babe Ruth analogy is spot-on. Ed was able to muster enough discipline and self-restraint to replicate what he had done 25 years ago, and for that characterization to be deemed a success only illustrates how far the downward spiral was before Ed managed to pull out of the tailspin.

    And, yeah, those guys just waited way too long to get it together. When all those rumors started circulating in 2018 about the band maybe (finally) getting something together with Anthony, my own reaction was the same in that it was too late. Keeping in mind that I was utterly stoked in 1996 of the chance that CVH would fully reunite, and went to see them on the first two Roth reunion tours. By 2018, Dave was a decade past the point where he could have brought what was needed to make a CVH reunion worth seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    I'd say Ed had two good tours before he went (the last two), but your Babe Ruth analogy is spot-on. Ed was able to muster enough discipline and self-restraint to replicate what he had done 25 years ago, and for that characterization to be deemed a success only illustrates how far the downward spiral was before Ed managed to pull out of the tailspin.

    And, yeah, those guys just waited way too long to get it together. When all those rumors started circulating in 2018 about the band maybe (finally) getting something together with Anthony, my own reaction was the same in that it was too late. Keeping in mind that I was utterly stoked in 1996 of the chance that CVH would fully reunite, and went to see them on the first two Roth reunion tours. By 2018, Dave was a decade past the point where he could have brought what was needed to make a CVH reunion worth seeing.
    One of the things that insider mentioned was around 2018 or 2019 Wolfgang was done with Van Halen, the band, and wanted to do his own thing. I believe that opened the door for Ed and/or Al to consider bringing Michael Anthony back into the game. Prior to that... I don't think Ed had any desire to do a damn thing with the band unless it was working with Wolfgang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Miles Copeland said the biggest enemy of an act is themselves. Acts self destruct and often a manager can't stop it; especially, if it's substance abuse issues which Van Halen was having problems with. But you make a great point. I always maintained what kept Van Halen going for a bit was they got great management when Sammy's manager took over and look at what happened to that band when that manager passed away.

    Van Halen couldn't manage it's way out of a paper bag on it's own.
    One certainly can't say that Leffler was unable to guide the band through years that proved to be far more deleterious for Van Halen's contemporaries, in terms of keeping the band as commercially viable as they had been during the Roth years. The record sales waned, but that may well have been the case even if Roth had stayed with the band.

    "Oh, yeah? Hey, fuck that, you closet Red Spammula lover! If Dave had stayed with band, Van Halen would have been the biggest thing ever, and by the early 1990s they would have been selling out the entire country of Brazil when they played there!!"

    Yeah, well, by the time YFLM came out, Dave could barely get...well, he still COULD get arrested, but not because his record sales were in the stratosphere. So, it doesn't necessarily follow that had Roth stayed in the band they would have been doing better business than with Hagar. Maybe, but not definitely.

    And when the Van Halens finally did take over stewardship of the band after Hagar departed, what were the choices made? A quickie with Roth that was probably a bad move from the start, in the sense that if the Van Halens never intended to do a full-length album and a tour with Roth they would have been better off not even bothering with a couple new tracks: nobody likes a tease if it never leads to full contact. After that debacle, we got a milk ad, then...Gary Cherone. Then a bunch of monetizing of the EVH logo on everything from guitar gear to shoestrings. Perhaps not an unwise business decision, but it cheapened what was left of the image. Then, a few half-baked (even by Sam Halen standards) tracks for the second greatest hits album in under a decade.

    But after 2000, 'Van Halen' to me seemed less of a band than a brand, anyway, and that was true even after Dave rejoined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    One of the things that insider mentioned was around 2018 or 2019 Wolfgang was done with Van Halen, the band, and wanted to do his own thing. I believe that opened the door for Ed and/or Al to consider bringing Michael Anthony back into the game. Prior to that... I don't think Ed had any desire to do a damn thing with the band unless it was working with Wolfgang.
    I don't think so, either re: Wolfgang. It felt to me at the time and still feels now that Ed basically liked playing with his kid, and Wolfgang was sensible enough to realize that come 2006 what people still wanted to see from Van Halen above all else was Roth back in the band. So, we got about the best we could from the band in realistic terms. Personally, I think even as late as 2007 a CVH reunion would have been viable, in that I would have still been interested in seeing it.

    But, whatever. We got what we got. It's all 'roads not taken' and moot now, anyway.

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    Classic Van Halen was a non-stop party. But when Alex starts seeing giant penises growing out of the walls and Ed is doing so much coke dust clouds float out of his clothes like Pigpen, it’s time to take a break and tidy things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    I'd say Ed had two good tours before he went (the last two), but your Babe Ruth analogy is spot-on. Ed was able to muster enough discipline and self-restraint to replicate what he had done 25 years ago, and for that characterization to be deemed a success only illustrates how far the downward spiral was before Ed managed to pull out of the tailspin.

    And, yeah, those guys just waited way too long to get it together. When all those rumors started circulating in 2018 about the band maybe (finally) getting something together with Anthony, my own reaction was the same in that it was too late. Keeping in mind that I was utterly stoked in 1996 of the chance that CVH would fully reunite, and went to see them on the first two Roth reunion tours. By 2018, Dave was a decade past the point where he could have brought what was needed to make a CVH reunion worth seeing.
    I will give Janie Ed’s second wife credit for turning him around. He got something from her he wasn’t getting from the others. The man was really happy finally and you could see it. He was having the time of his life the last time I saw him play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    One certainly can't say that Leffler was unable to guide the band through years that proved to be far more deleterious for Van Halen's contemporaries, in terms of keeping the band as commercially viable as they had been during the Roth years. The record sales waned, but that may well have been the case even if Roth had stayed with the band.

    "Oh, yeah? Hey, fuck that, you closet Red Spammula lover! If Dave had stayed with band, Van Halen would have been the biggest thing ever, and by the early 1990s they would have been selling out the entire country of Brazil when they played there!!"

    Yeah, well, by the time YFLM came out, Dave could barely get...well, he still COULD get arrested, but not because his record sales were in the stratosphere. So, it doesn't necessarily follow that had Roth stayed in the band they would have been doing better business than with Hagar. Maybe, but not definitely.

    And when the Van Halens finally did take over stewardship of the band after Hagar departed, what were the choices made? A quickie with Roth that was probably a bad move from the start, in the sense that if the Van Halens never intended to do a full-length album and a tour with Roth they would have been better off not even bothering with a couple new tracks: nobody likes a tease if it never leads to full contact. After that debacle, we got a milk ad, then...Gary Cherone. Then a bunch of monetizing of the EVH logo on everything from guitar gear to shoestrings. Perhaps not an unwise business decision, but it cheapened what was left of the image. Then, a few half-baked (even by Sam Halen standards) tracks for the second greatest hits album in under a decade.

    But after 2000, 'Van Halen' to me seemed less of a band than a brand, anyway, and that was true even after Dave rejoined.
    Hell. I enjoyed Eat Em and Smile. Skyscraper was good too. It was great to see Dave climbing mountains and going crazy on stage while Van Hagar did the 5150 walk like they all had a stick up their ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    I will give Janie Ed’s second wife credit for turning him around. He got something from her he wasn’t getting from the others. The man was really happy finally and you could see it. He was having the time of his life the last time I saw him play.
    It feels true enough that both Wolfgang and Janie were very supportive. In the end, doubtless it came down to Ed turning it around for himself in terms of holding onto his sobriety, which I'm assuming he did. But, yeah, when I saw him in 2012 he was grinning throughout the show and hitting all the classic licks and executing his parts with precision. Which is all I really wanted to see and hear. It's one thing to chide Van Halen here online for the trainwreck they were at points in the 2000s, but it wasn't fun at all in 2008 to pay decent money and watch Ed unable to perform well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Hell. I enjoyed Eat Em and Smile. Skyscraper was good too. It was great to see Dave climbing mountains and going crazy on stage while Van Hagar did the 5150 walk like they all had a stick up their ass.
    Oh, to be sure. I enjoyed EEAS. Skyscraper a bit less. I liked ALAE. YFLM had a few good tracks on it.

    On a personal level, even though I found Dave's solo output from 1985-1993 uneven, on the whole I enjoyed it far more than what Van Halen did from 1986-1995...very little of which I enjoyed, and what I did enjoy tended to be restricted to what Eddie was doing. Even with Hagar in the band, Eddie still managed to come up with a couple of things I liked from a guitar standpoint on each Van Hagar album.

    None of which is to say that Van Halen with Hagar didn't have a pretty good degree of commercial success. While they didn't sell as many albums as they did with Dave, it'd be disingenuous to claim - whatever my personal taste - that Van Halen with Hagar was a flop strictly in commercial terms.

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    The guys at DLR Cast cover this insider deal and some other great stuff...

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    Mitch Malloy was in Great White?? I thought Great White didn't exist without their Robert Plant wannabe singer? And I can't even remember that guy's name, so that tells you how memorable he was. They really should have given up after the fire.
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    As far as the question of Al's involvement in the VH songwriting..... these guys seem to think Al is the one who helped Eddie "shape" the riffs into songs. Al may have had a part in that, but he clearly didn't do it on his own, or else the songs on VDIII wouldn't have been such a fucking mess. Van HALEN songs & Van Hagar songs were "shaped" somewhat differently, which obviously means Dave & played a major part in that "shaping".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Oh, to be sure. I enjoyed EEAS. Skyscraper a bit less. I liked ALAE. YFLM had a few good tracks on it.

    On a personal level, even though I found Dave's solo output from 1985-1993 uneven, on the whole I enjoyed it far more than what Van Halen did from 1986-1995...very little of which I enjoyed, and what I did enjoy tended to be restricted to what Eddie was doing. Even with Hagar in the band, Eddie still managed to come up with a couple of things I liked from a guitar standpoint on each Van Hagar album.

    None of which is to say that Van Halen with Hagar didn't have a pretty good degree of commercial success. While they didn't sell as many albums as they did with Dave, it'd be disingenuous to claim - whatever my personal taste - that Van Halen with Hagar was a flop strictly in commercial terms.
    Commercial success doesn’t mean it was good. All that means is it got a lot of airplay and if you bought enough advertising in Billboard you got it. That’s how shit becomes a hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    As far as the question of Al's involvement in the VH songwriting..... these guys seem to think Al is the one who helped Eddie "shape" the riffs into songs. Al may have had a part in that, but he clearly didn't do it on his own, or else the songs on VDIII wouldn't have been such a fucking mess. Van HALEN songs & Van Hagar songs were "shaped" somewhat differently, which obviously means Dave & played a major part in that "shaping".
    Ed was a great riff writer but a horrible song writer. He was spectacular inside a very narrow band of expertise. He needed other’s to make great songs and Dave had a big part to play there but also the producer had a huge role. Ted Templeman had a lot to do with what we grew up listening to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Mitch Malloy was in Great White?? I thought Great White didn't exist without their Robert Plant wannabe singer? And I can't even remember that guy's name, so that tells you how memorable he was. They really should have given up after the fire.
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    Vai was '89 to '90.

    I think FORD is calling Jack Russell a Plant clone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Commercial success doesn’t mean it was good. All that means is it got a lot of airplay and if you bought enough advertising in Billboard you got it. That’s how shit becomes a hit.
    Hence my comment "strictly in commerical terms."

    Personally, I had very little use for what followed after Roth left the band, so even if Van Halen HAD sold more records with Hagar it wouldn't have made a lick of difference to me. It certainly wouldn't have made me reassess Van Hagar. In point of fact, it wasn't really until after Hagar left the band that I was even aware of what the overall album sales were.

    Put it this way: Jump was Van Halen's biggest single in commercial terms. At best, I liked the tune, and that was true even back when it was first released, back when Roth was still in the band. On the other side of the coin, I quite enjoyed The DLR Band album, and I only happened to stumble across that album in a record store in 1998 when flipping through David Lee Roth CDs, as there was virtually no publicity surrounding the release of it and it ended up selling...what, less than 100k copies, if memory serves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Mitch Malloy was in Great White?? I thought Great White didn't exist without their Robert Plant wannabe singer? And I can't even remember that guy's name, so that tells you how memorable he was. They really should have given up after the fire.
    They had been washed up commercially long before the fire. The nightclub that burned down was just this little hole in the wall place that was one town over from where I lived for 20-odd years. I had moved away a few years before the fire, but when the story broke on CNN I immediately recognized the name of the club and was surprised that pyro had been used at all. Having been there several times in the 1990s, I knew from experience that it was a small, confined space. By the time the late 1990s rolled around, you'd get performers who had basically hit their high-water mark 15 years earlier. People like Blue Oyster Cult, or Dokken. It was a pretty small club, too. Maybe a few hundred people, tops. I went there once for a weekend showcase that was all local bands and the club was about as packed as I'd seen it. Seemed like maybe 300 or so, and it was pretty much elbow-to-elbow when standing there watching the acts. Just getting to the bar to get a drink under normal audience conditions involved a bit of jostling, because people were packed in like sardines. Throw in a building fire, with the ensuing smoke and panic, the conditions were tragically in place for all those fatalities.

    I think when the fire happened, it wasn't even Great White proper but Jack Russell's Great White - Russell being the only guy in the band who was with Great White when they hit their peak in the late 1980s - who were playing. Sort of one of those moniker arrangements like Stephen Pearcy's Ratt or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
    Vai was '89 to '90.

    I think FORD is calling Jack Russell a Plant clone.
    Yeah that's it! Dude named himself after a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    Ed was a great riff writer but a horrible song writer. He was spectacular inside a very narrow band of expertise. He needed other’s to make great songs and Dave had a big part to play there but also the producer had a huge role. Ted Templeman had a lot to do with what we grew up listening to.
    Exactly.

    Which is why the songs - not just the lyrics and singing - were just so very different with Van Hagar. Ted and Dave no longer there and that's what we got.

    Seriously it should have never been billed as 'Van Halen'.

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