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Best Van Halen Frontman

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Max, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. David Lee Roth

    52 vote(s)
  2. Sammie Hagar

    12 vote(s)
  3. Gary Schirone

    4 vote(s)
  4. Carrot Top

    12 vote(s)
  1. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    I miss Van Halen. At least talking about them would help. So who is the best frontman. Personally, I liked Sammie's ability to carry a tune better, but they all have their merits, and demerits. Discuss please.
  2. diamond dave, of course.:cool:
    although he totally discredited himself with everything he did after VH.
  3. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    David Lee Roth

    Or the guitar hero eddie Van Halen J/K
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    David lee roth.
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I thought that Gary Sherone had major potential. The VH III album could have been pretty good, if it hadn't been for Eddie trying to produce and mix the thing himself. He has the hearing of a 70 year old, for crying outloud!

    Gary has class, which none of the other VH vocalists have(had). Dave was funny, and a great character, so he was great too. Sammy Hagar? One word: Ugh.
  6. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Max, if you were cool and had Brad a year earlier, and lived in the liberty district, you could have made him do marching band this year.... we did "Hot for teacher" as one of the songs. it was cool. But i guess your just NOT cool.



  7. I don't think I would like to be around the guy, but my vote would go to David Lee.
  8. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I like both versions, but I think I prefer Sammy over Diamond Dave.
  9. Sammie. They matured a lot with SH. But...I don't think they would have gotten as huge as they did without Roth in the beginning.
  10. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I know that Dave is the quintessential VH frontman but I always like Hagar's voice more.

    brad cook
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Sammy is more talented and technically a better singer, but Diamond Dave was made to sing lead for the VH brothers.
  12. I guess Sammy. The lyrics for both S&D seem to be the typical sexist/bravado fare, but it was a part of my youth. My jazz band teacher used to rag on me for playing the intro to 'Best of Both Worlds' on bass.

    Who knows maybe carrot top will get the call. Here's a link to a recent (i think) interview with EVH. He talks about his son taking over on vocals!


    (about 4.5 mb)
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    DLR is such a dork.

    Somebody start a new poll, OK? Who's the bigger dork, David Lee Roth or Axl Rose?

    And while you're at it, who's more totally burnt out, Joe Walsh or Neil Young? Don't even mention Keith Richards ... he's so burnt out he's dead. Well, practically.
  14. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Hard question.

    I always liked Dave on record. He always had soul, swing, & was an infinitely better lyricist than Sammy's generic stuff. Now live, on the other hand, he was horrible.

    Sammy has a greater range than Dave, but no soul and seems kind of stiff.

    Gary, if you saw them live with him, was excellent vocally. He could do the Sammy material perfectly and was way better on the Dave material than Sammy (I really hated the sound of "Jump" in the key of D instead of C), and Lord knows how awful Dave would have been on the Sammy stuff.:rolleyes:

    I think Gary had the potential to be the best (even though "VH III" sucked), but we'll never know.

    NOTE: A former keyboardist of mine who is well connected in LA. (He's worked for the current version of "The Doors" & Stewart Copeland, among others) informs me that he has it on good authority, that Sammy and the Van Halen Bros. are talking about an album and tour in 2004.
    Apparently Sammy is making sure that Michael Anthony is the bassist (they've remained best friends through everything) as the Van Halen Bros. and Anthony have not spoken in over a year and a half.

    I can't see them doing it without him. He and Alex had a great lock, and his voice is the signature sound in all those backup vocals.:bassist:
  15. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I voted Carrot Top. I dislike most VH though. I liked a song or three here and there, and those are split between Dave and Sammy.
  16. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    Michael Anthony played a few songs on some shows during Sammy Hagar's last tour. Sammy's normal Bassist played the Sammy Hagar and Montrose stuff while Michael Anthony played most of the Van Halen stuff.
  17. oddentity

    oddentity Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
  18. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    No doubt DLR was a total assclown, but Van Halen ceased to matter once he left (IMO). Of course, he ceased to matter shortly thereafter, as well...
  19. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I prefer the Sammy era...
  20. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    This might give you hope..

    From Melodicrock.com .....(take witha grain of salt)

    Van Halen is on the verge of a long awaited comeback. Long tortured fans are about to be put out of their misery, as the band looks ready to fire in 2004.
    Details are still sketchy as plans are still in the very early stages of development and are therefore continuing to change as issues are sorted through.

    Sammy Hagar is set to return to his role as Van Halen's lead vocalist. Original frontman David Lee Roth is not associated with this re-union.

    Here's what's been happening, pieced together from a couple of my well known and reliable sources.

    It's not clear who initiated first contact. I was told that Eddie & Alex Van Halen called Sammy Hagar, while it was also suggested to me that it was Sammy that called the brothers out of the blue.
    Either way, contact was established and an attempt to bury the hatchet was made.
    Sammy Hagar then made a trip to Eddie's house and the 5150 studio. The idea was to see if Sammy, Ed and Alex could in fact put the events of the last 7 years behind them and work together again.
    It was also a chance for Sammy to hear the material that has so far been written and recorded by Eddie and Alex. I'm told there have since been a few more meetings – which were apparently both good and bad, but issues are being dealt with and a future discussed.
    Hagar has apparently already told members of his solo band of his plans to re-join Van Halen.
    Hagar's legal team is already in discussion with Van Halen's legal team.

    I was told that bass player Michael Anthony was not present at the first meeting and I am not yet aware of him meeting again with Ed and Alex, who he hasn't talked to for a couple of years now. But I was told that Sammy has insisted that Michael is part of the re-union line-up.

    There is no timetable in place as yet for this re-union. As I said, this is still in the very early stages of being developed. A few ideas are still being considered – such as playing a few shows to get things started before recording/finishing a brand new studio album.
    What is almost definite though are plans for a new studio album – hoped to be ready for mid-2004, but possibly not until late 2004 - followed by a tour.

    News leaked overnight of the band's intention to sign a new management deal with Irving Azoff Management. Azoff's office has made the official "no comment" on the matter, but expect this high profile management company to confirm their equally high profile signing soon.
    Irving Azoff is a well known and powerful manager, who currently has The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Jewel and of course Journey on his roster.
    Azoff has also been Sammy Hagar's solo manager for the last couple of years.

    As far as record labels go, Warner Brothers still has a relationship with the band, given that every album they have released has been with the label. I'm told that they will certainly be the first in line to sign the band should everything work out as planned.
    Irving Azoff also has a strong relationship with the label.
    Sanctuary Records is being talked about as a possible home for the band, but don't expect that to happen. Hagar had a solo deal with that label, but only for the Greatest Hits Live release and a yet to eventuate re-issue of his solo albums Ten 13 and Not For Sale, which should still happen when the current deal with the two issuing labels for those albums finish.

    Not so good news for fans of the Diamond one. David Lee Roth is apparently out of the picture. It seems another attempt to work with him was made after the denied at the time get together in 2000. Once again it didn't work out and the Van Halen brothers have seemingly ruled out any future attempt to work with him.
    This is the first contact the brothers have had with Hagar since he departed the band in a storm of ill-feeling in 1996.

    Planet Us, the all-star project featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo and Joe Satriani is all but over – and has been for some time. The project has been left in the hands of guitarist Schon and drummer Castronovo. One rumor is that Neal Schon is still interested in such an album and has another singer in mind.
    The guys only recorded two tracks together – Vertigo and Peeping Through A Hole – neither of which has been released officially.

    There is still more to come.
    I had planned to gather more information over the course of this week and the weekend, but the leaked news of the Azoff management deal by the music industry website Hits Daily Double has moved the timetable forward. A new Greatest Hits album was one of the rumors leaked in association with the management news. But, to date I have heard no mention of such a plan, unless the band wants to get something into the public's hands while they work on a new studio record. I personally do not see such a thing happening. Could it be time for the Van Hagar CD re-masters to be re-issued?

    This is a slowly developing situation and of course, nothing has been announced officially. When this will happen is another major question.
    The answer is one I hope to bring to you in due course, along with further developments and details of any firm plans that have been put in place.
    It's nice to be able to bring such positive news to long suffering Van Halen fans. It's news I have the utmost confidence in.