Gary Cherone – Van Halen
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!