Can You Name the Four Guys Who Sang for Van Halen? (Yes, I Said FOUR.)

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.”

Who?

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.

https://youtu.be/9pfFErkwbFA

As part of the audition process, Mitch performed some Van Halen songs from both the DLR era…

…and the Van Hagar years.

https://youtu.be/pNvzaNw9SgI

There’s a mini-doc on Mitch’s time with VH…

…and he has a new solo single called “My Therapy.”

https://youtu.be/j859-1GyvhA

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

8 thoughts on “Can You Name the Four Guys Who Sang for Van Halen? (Yes, I Said FOUR.)

  • April 19, 2017 at 7:36 am
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    “My Therapy” opening riff sounds exactly like “Man on a Silver Mountain” by Rainbow.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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    This article is invalid. For such a “know it all” article, how could you not know that Eddie Van Halen himself sang a song on van halen 3. Just wow. . .

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    • April 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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      The focus was LEAD singer–frontmen, not Eddie or Michael who occasionally sang lead.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    5 singers. Don’t forget EVH sang a song on Van Halen 3 and before Roth joined.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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    Well I’m that case there are 5 singers!!!! Because Edward sung “How many say I” on the Van Halen 3 Album

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  • April 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    Micheal Anthony also sings for Van Halen

    🙂

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  • April 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    Name the first VH song with keyboards on it….. no,it was not Jump….

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  • April 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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    Love Mitch Malloy as a singer and a great guy. Thanks for this.

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