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Van Halen To Try For Singer # 4 On CBS Rockstar Show
TMZ ^ | 2-12-2006

Posted on 02/12/2006 4:28:03 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

Van Halen: The Next 'Rock Star'? February 12, 2006

Sources tell TMZ Van Halen is in the market for a new lead singer, and the marketplace will be the upcoming reality show 'Rock Star: The Series.'

Last October, Van Halen reps vehemently denied the band would use 'Rock Star' in a talent search for a new lead singer. The reps are now singing a different tune. Van Halen publicist Larry Solters told TMZ: "I'm not denying it. I'm not going to answer any questions about it."

Last year, the band INXS used 'Rock Star' to find a new lead singer. J.D. Fortune won the competition, and the band is now making a comeback with a hit new album and a sold-out tour.

As for Van Halen, the group has had three lead singers since it hit the scene back in 1978: David Lee Roth, who left the band in 1985, Sammy Hagar, who split in 1995, and Gary Cherone, who did just one album and tour with the band in 1998.

The next season of 'Rock Star,' produced by Mark Burnett for CBS, is scheduled to air during the summer. Neither Burnett nor CBS would comment on the Van Halen buzz.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
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Let's see....they have ruined it again with Hagar,have no speaking terms with Roth,have lost a huge number of fans and popularity for all the b.s. over the years and now this.

The Van Halen name has officially been destroyed by the brothers Van Halen. The story later today is that CBS is paying the band 17 million dollars to do the show and the rights to broadcast a Van Halen concert with the new singer and a DVD which will give them even more money.

Jumped a shark 4 times...amazing, sad, and pathetic. Not to mention Eddie is back smoking again like a smoke stack and drunk nearly every day like he was 18.

1 posted on 02/12/2006 4:28:04 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

just bring back Roth.


2 posted on 02/12/2006 4:31:50 PM PST by oceanview
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To: My Favorite Headache

This is NOT what I was hoping for from Eddie Van Halen. Oh how the once mighty have fallen. Personally, I was hoping for a solo work from Eddie, maybe something to rival Eric Johnson.


3 posted on 02/12/2006 4:32:05 PM PST by GBA
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To: My Favorite Headache

It's Dave or the Grave. There is no Van Halen without David Lee Roth.


4 posted on 02/12/2006 4:33:53 PM PST by mysterio
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To: My Favorite Headache

Last I heard was that Michael Anthony was still tight with Sammy Hagar and has even performed with them.

Eddie Van Halen is an idiot. He loses the hottest wife, ruins his liver, smokes himself silly and can't keep a lead singer.


5 posted on 02/12/2006 4:33:58 PM PST by dogbyte12
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To: My Favorite Headache
Sources tell TMZ Van Halen is in the market for a new lead singer, and the marketplace will be the upcoming reality show 'Rock Star: The Series.'

Last year, the band INXS used 'Rock Star' to find a new lead singer.

Enough said. Makes me ashamed to have grown up in this era.

6 posted on 02/12/2006 4:34:07 PM PST by ShadowDancer (I think I may have the Asian Bird Fru. I mean Flu. (Damn, it's starting already))
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To: My Favorite Headache

VH was great with Roth. Roth on his own, was mediocre. Hagar is great as a solo artist. Hagar with VH was mediocre.

The winning combination was VH + Roth. Nothing else works as well as that.


7 posted on 02/12/2006 4:34:20 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: GBA

When I saw VH on their last tour for the Best of Both Worlds reuion with Hagar....it was easily Eddie's worst sounding tour ever. He played drunk...sloppy...stumbled on stage...fell down a few times...and laid down other times and played on his back. I am a HUGE VH fan and have tried to see all sides of their drama...but I am done for good.

It leaves me saying one thing....

"Where Have All The Good Times Gone?"


8 posted on 02/12/2006 4:34:31 PM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: My Favorite Headache

This ought to be interesting. On another note, I've checked out Dave's radio show. It's not bad.


9 posted on 02/12/2006 4:34:48 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: mysterio
I agree. They rocked with Roth.

Sammy Hagar sings like he's in pain, when in fact, I am.

10 posted on 02/12/2006 4:35:56 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I hear the Monkeys are making a comeback and could use a new singer...


11 posted on 02/12/2006 4:36:15 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Well in all fairness to INXS...Michael Hutchence their singer has been dead for years and they really wanted to play for millions of fans...they just needed time and a new singer to move on. I give them some credit for it. Van Halen however...no excuses.


12 posted on 02/12/2006 4:37:42 PM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: My Favorite Headache

You're better than me then. Without him, to me, there was no INXS.


13 posted on 02/12/2006 4:38:48 PM PST by ShadowDancer (I think I may have the Asian Bird Fru. I mean Flu. (Damn, it's starting already))
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To: ShadowDancer

And I hear you...for sure...but Michael did a lot of damage and I love INXS' music a lot...I listen to them 2-3 times a week. The living shouldn't be left to suffer because one man in the band decided to end it...albeit the lead singer. Who knows what will happen with INXS MACH II...but the guys in the band just want to work and they wrote those hits...I say let em earn what they are due.


14 posted on 02/12/2006 4:40:46 PM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: mysterio

Amen.

On a similar [bad] note, "The Doors" are back with a new Mojo wannabe.


It's a musical abomination.


15 posted on 02/12/2006 4:43:50 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed With Second Sight)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Unnngh.

16 posted on 02/12/2006 4:48:49 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

They say Grecian Formula gradually restores lost color to graying hair...naturally.


17 posted on 02/12/2006 4:53:42 PM PST by Rocko (Liberals -- they have a compassion you always hear about, but never witness.)
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To: dead

ROFL!!! My hubby likes Hagar, I like Roth. I can't wait to use that line on him!! LOL!


18 posted on 02/12/2006 4:57:03 PM PST by Millee (The Constitution was meant for us to live under, not be paralyzed by, in the face of death. - Sowell)
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To: Salamander

Jim Morrison is dead, though. As much as I am not for any non-Morrison Doors, you can't blame them. Same with INXS, and even AC/DC. But this situation is just Eddie's ego. Bring back Dave or scuttle the ship.


19 posted on 02/12/2006 4:59:10 PM PST by mysterio
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To: oceanview
just bring back Roth.

Dave will never get back with VH.

20 posted on 02/12/2006 4:59:28 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yep, they did write them but they should then leave the ones he sung alone. They were great songs but they were also great because of his voice, you don't try to replicate that. It ends up sounding like karaoke. Let them get a new lead singer and if he's good and the song writing talent is still there, it'll show.


21 posted on 02/12/2006 5:00:10 PM PST by ShadowDancer (I think I may have the Asian Bird Fru. I mean Flu. (Damn, it's starting already))
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To: dogbyte12
Eddie Van Halen is an idiot. He loses the hottest wife, ruins his liver, smokes himself silly and can't keep a lead singer.

He's become a real jackass in his older years too. His attitude and personality rot.

22 posted on 02/12/2006 5:03:05 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Eddie Van Halen had throat cancer a couple of years ago. The last time I heard him speak, he was pretty hoarse. At least they didn't take out his voicebox.


23 posted on 02/12/2006 5:04:34 PM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
It's Dave Or The Grave. Edweird's ruined that band and it's legacy. Even the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame committee won't touch 'em. They're probably waiting for Ed's liver to detonate, then they'll invite the alumni.


24 posted on 02/12/2006 5:04:57 PM PST by Viking2002 (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: dead

Their best album was Hagar's first one with the group. Roth was OK, but Hagar was more talented and whoever was writing and arranging the music did much better when they started using synths extensively. Yes, I know so-called hard core VH fans hate synths, but the harmonies are so much better and Eddie's licks can be showcased as well.


25 posted on 02/12/2006 5:07:40 PM PST by 1L
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To: RockinRight
VH was great with Roth. Roth on his own, was mediocre. Hagar is great as a solo artist. Hagar with VH was mediocre.

I was never a Van Hagar. Dave's solo career was better than Sammy's.

To wit...

"Eat 'Em and Smile."


26 posted on 02/12/2006 5:08:56 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: MotleyGirl70

everybody has a price.


27 posted on 02/12/2006 5:09:44 PM PST by oceanview
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To: MotleyGirl70
I was never a Van Hagar fan.
28 posted on 02/12/2006 5:09:49 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: 1L

For me, their best album was Fair Warning.


29 posted on 02/12/2006 5:10:10 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: My Favorite Headache

Van Halen produced better albums. Van Hagar put on better concerts.


30 posted on 02/12/2006 5:11:36 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I sort of forget Van Halen, but watched Rock Star show last summer and was totally smitten with J.D. Fortune, who won the gig with INXS. JD's song "It ain't pretty" opens every "Las Vegas" TV show==maybe he's on it, but I've never seen it. .....

Anyone know how INXS and JD are doing now? He was absolutely utterly dreamy, had everything going for him including but not limited to great looks and talent. Can I use the "S" word on FR on Sunday? Made me feel young again.....PLEASE someone, bring back the '60s.

(Ms.) Veto!

31 posted on 02/12/2006 5:12:51 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: MotleyGirl70
Eat 'Em and Smile, I'll admit, was Dave's best solo album. However, I thought Hagar's VOA and Three Lock Box were both pretty good, better than anything Dave did.
32 posted on 02/12/2006 5:20:09 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: melt

Not throat...tongue cancer and he got it from years of smoking...which he has since gone back to. His voice has always sounded like a frog with a cold.


33 posted on 02/12/2006 5:20:34 PM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: MotleyGirl70
I was looking about for some evidence as to which performer had better album sales- Sam or Dave (I like both artist's music) and I ran across this from Wikipedia-

Hagar has never been openly political for the most part. However, the title track off his album, VOA is a patriotic, pro-American tune, and he, and his brother, have suggested in interviews that Sammy supports the Republican Party. He also shows up on newsmeat.com as a Republican donor, and has acknowledged that he is a close friend of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

34 posted on 02/12/2006 5:21:44 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: My Favorite Headache

Won't you tell me


35 posted on 02/12/2006 5:21:48 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()......Politically incorrect by Intelligent Design........()
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To: Doohickey
Van Halen produced better albums. Van Hagar put on better concerts.

I never saw Van Halen in concert, but I've seen David Lee Roth twice in concert--both were great. I'm not a Van Hagar fan, however I did see Sammy in concert and I was thoroughly surprise at how much I like him solo.

36 posted on 02/12/2006 5:22:03 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: new cruelty
Well then, that seals it. He's the best ever.
37 posted on 02/12/2006 5:23:19 PM PST by ShadowDancer (I think I may have the Asian Bird Fru. I mean Flu. (Damn, it's starting already))
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To: My Favorite Headache

They might as well Jump?


38 posted on 02/12/2006 5:25:46 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: ShadowDancer

guess he's not called the red rocker for nothing. :)


39 posted on 02/12/2006 5:32:33 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: mysterio
It's Dave or the Grave. There is no Van Halen without David Lee Roth.

yep... hagar was ok...but it wasn't Van Halen...the red rocker and eddie were a group....

Van Halen was and is the Van Halens and Roth....

oil and water.....


40 posted on 02/12/2006 5:33:12 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: new cruelty
Please, please tell me you are not one of those people that refuse to listen to music based on political affiliation.
41 posted on 02/12/2006 5:35:42 PM PST by ShadowDancer (I think I may have the Asian Bird Fru. I mean Flu. (Damn, it's starting already))
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To: MotleyGirl70

I've seen Van Halen in concert twice: "Diver Down" and "1984". I never heard them complete a song in either show; it was three guys trying to play music and Dave acting like an idiot.

Van Hagar, on the other hand, put on a great concert. It didn't even hurt that much when Sammy sang some of Dave's tunes. Plus, Sammy is a helluva guitarist and it was cool to listen to him jam with Eddie. And despite an hour delay on account of weather, they played the full set anyway. Dave would've never done that.


42 posted on 02/12/2006 5:48:06 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: martin_fierro
He certainly looks well-endowed in that picture.

I just notice those types of things, but I digress.

Dave was a hot rockin' guy back in the day.


43 posted on 02/12/2006 5:48:41 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: RockinRight
Standing Hampton was pretty darned good too.
44 posted on 02/12/2006 5:49:08 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: ShadowDancer
I was looking about for some evidence as to which performer had better album sales- Sam or Dave (I like both artist's music) and I ran across this from Wikipedia-

Whatever gave you that idea? ;)

45 posted on 02/12/2006 5:50:01 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Good info. Thanks :)


46 posted on 02/12/2006 5:52:18 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("It's turkey jerky. Want some? Come on take a pull. No? Okay, more for me.")
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To: MotleyGirl70; ShadowDancer

Sure thing- but for the love of all that is sacred, please don't let that little bit of trivia influence who's music you listen to! Not that I would expect that of you, Motley.


47 posted on 02/12/2006 5:54:33 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: My Favorite Headache

Fortheluvva...


48 posted on 02/12/2006 5:56:08 PM PST by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: mysterio
"There is no Van Halen without David Lee Roth."

Even if Roth looks like a scarecrow, your right.

NO magic without Roth.

49 posted on 02/12/2006 5:59:11 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: My Favorite Headache
"Tongue cancer and he got it from years of smoking...which he has since gone back to."

Some people have a death-wish.

50 posted on 02/12/2006 6:04:41 PM PST by F16Fighter
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