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5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

Credit where credit's due!

Gary Cherone – Van Halen

Source // assets.rollingstone.com

Source // assets.rollingstone.com

Albums: Van Halen III (1998)

We may be opening ourselves up to some abuse with this choice but here goes….

Poor Gary Cherone, did he really deserve to be completely ignored for his contributions to Van Halen Mk III? Admittedly, the one album the ex-Extreme man did lend his vocal chords to is Van Halen’s least commercially successful record to date but give the man some credit; he did have the brass-iron balls to replace not only the ultimate showman in David Lee Roth but also the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar. 

He emotes, he sings, he shouts in a gravelly voice and he does that Layne Staley from Alice In Chains whining thing that was so popular in the 90’s…what did he really do wrong?

The problem with Van Halen III (MKIII) was not Gary Cherone, it was Eddie Van Halen. The dictator in the man came to the fore and Eddie not only ousted iconic bassist Michael Anthony (who only plays on 3 tracks, Eddie plays bass on the rest) but his riffs were unoriginal and uninspired and this left very little for Gary Cherone to work with.

At least Gary has his Extreme nostalgia tour to fall back on, who needs Van Halen anyway!

About Chris Jennings (1826 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

  1. Daniel Lopes // January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am // Reply

    I agree a hundred per cent! It is too easy to say something against a someone´s work, but it is too hard to do something better than it!

    • Chris Jennings // January 28, 2015 at 10:28 am // Reply

      Thanks Daniel, they all deserve credit just for having the balls to take on the difficult task of replacing a frontman in the first place! \m/

  2. Is there really anyone out there that thought Gary Cherone was a good fit?

  3. Chris Jennings // January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Not a good fit per se but give the man a break….he still stepped up \m/

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