Gary Cherone’s Van Halen Is Not As Bad As You Remember

Published On July 10, 2017 | By Tony Frangis | Evenings

The critically panned “Van Halen III” album is widely considered to be one of the worst albums of the 90’s, but it’s honestly not that bad. In 1998, Van Halen embarked on the making of the album with new frontman Gary Cherone (former frontman for Extreme) to replace the recently departed Sammy Hagar.

The album is a slight departure from the Hagar-era stuff but it’s not as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. Some Van Halen fans even say it’s some of their best work. I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s not bad. You have to admit that Gary even sounds a lot like Sammy.

Just give it a chance. If you don’t like Van Halen at all, then this won’t change your mind. If you’re one of those folks who liked ‘Van Hagar’ but thinks Cherone ruined the whole thing, just give it one more shot.

See? It’s not life-changing by any means but it’s not cringe-worthy either.

I think a lot of the bad press that ‘Van Halen III’ received was because there was a new lead singer. I don’t think it would have been panned as much if Hagar was on this album. It’s not Gary’s fault.

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