Two ex singers of Van Halen will share the stage in Tuscon, Arizona this Saturday (June 4) and it isn’t a re-do of the Sammy Hagar/David Lee Roth tour of a few years ago.
Hurtsmile, the new band led by the third Van Halen vocalist, Gary Cherone, who took over when Sammy Hagar left the group (or was fired, depending on whom you ask) in 1996, and sang on the the “Van Halen III” album, will open for Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas this Saturday, June 4 at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Hurtsmile also has a gig lined up tomorrow (June 3) at Club Red in Tempe, Arizona.
In an interview with MTV.com, Sammy Hagar had the following to say about whether Gary Cherone should have been part of Van Halen’s March 2007 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction: “I got nothing against Gary, but I would’ve voted against him getting in. I think he was really just a moment in Van Halen. Dave (Lee Roth) and I were in the band for so long, and we sold so many records and I don’t think you can deny that. As it stands, it seems a little goofy if you let Gary in. Because, there was questions about me getting in, because I’ve only been in the band 21 years.” We’ll see if the two share the stage at all on Saturday, or share Eddie Van Halen stories. Look for video on MarshallofRock.com if they do.