While I will admit that Van Halen 3 didn’t live up to the potential of the collaboration between Cherone and VH, it ain’t bad. Many people said, “They should have changed their name and called it something else.” That’s one perspective, but I don’t think Van Halen ever needed to go by any name other than Van Halen so long as Eddie and Alex were there. Just my opinion.
“Without You” was arguably the best song (with the outtake “That’s Why I Love You” also a contender). This live version from Australia helps illustrate what was working and what wasn’t. The truth is, while Gary Cherone is a unique frontman, his gangly-geeky stretches and contortions didn’t suit Van Halen’s live show. Vocally though? No issues with Gary Cherone in Van Halen. When they go into “We Can Work It Out” by the Beatles at the end, I’m sold.
Like a lot of things overtime you can reflect back on some stuff and realize it aged better than expected. VH 3 had some good moments for sure
I imagine when at least 50% of the band shares the surname (I think it was up to 75% at one point?!), I’d have no problem with them using the name Van Halen either!
Still better than Van Hagar.
I really like that song. There were a couple on that album that I thought were great, but overall it was a little of a letdown as I am a big Cherone fan, but he didn’t fit the mold of Van Halen.
The only VH album I, apparently, do not own. Not because I don’t like it or whatever, but because I am only realizing now that I do not have it here. Need to correct that.
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I bet you can find it in the 3/10 bin if not a cheaper bin elsewhere.
Yeah probably, and have likely skipped past it several times in the wild thinking I already had it.