If you’re looking for a great bar bet, pose this question: How many Van Halen leader singers can you name?
The people around the table will smirk. “Dude, this is so easy! First, it was David Lee Roth. Easy-peasy. When he and Eddie started fighting, Sammy Hagar was drafted in. Again, piece of cake. And when that relationship ran its course, Gary Cherone (ex-Extreme) joined up long enough to become a punchline. Pay up!”
“Well,” you say, “you missed one.”
“What? Lee-Hager-Cherone! That’s all there was!”
“Nope. You forgot. Mitch Malloy.”
That’s when you smile, drop the mic and collect your winnings.
Van Halen approached Mitch in the gap between Hagar and Cherone. He even wrote a song with the band, something that went unreleased.
As part of the audition process, Mitch performed some Van Halen songs from both the DLR era…
…and the Van Hagar years.
There’s a mini-doc on Mitch’s time with VH…
…and he has a new solo single called “My Therapy.”