5 Things You May Not Have Known About Gary Cherone
Today we celebrate the birthday of Gary Cherone, best known âround Rhino HQ for having fronted Van Halen for the bandâs VAN HALEN III album. To commemorate the day of his birthday, weâve put together a list of five things you may not have known about him. Oh, okay, maybe just four of âem, plus one that we wanted to underline. Youâll see what we mean in a minute.
1. He and fellow Extreme founding member Paul Geary started out in a band called Adrenaline.
If youâve never heard of them, donât beat yourself up about it. They didnât make it big under that name, so they changed their name to The Dream, at which point they still didnât make it very big, although they did at least manage to make their way onto a winning appearance on MTVâs Basement Tapes, where the video for their song âMutha, Donât Want to Go to School Todayâ beat out a video by the equally-unknown-at-the-time Henry Lee Sumner.
2. Extremeâs name was a terrible pun tied to Cheroneâs and Gearyâs previous band.
Say âex-Dream.â If you donât get it, say it again, this time faster. Youâll know youâve gotten it when you groan at the realization.
3. For the duration of one glorious song, he was the lead singer of Queen.
You may or may not recall that Extreme as a whole played a medley of Queen songs during the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, but during the second half of the show, Cherone was backed by the three surviving members of Queen while belting out âHammer to Fall.â It was pretty glorious.
4. He was briefly the lead singer of Van Halen.
Youâd be surprised how many people donât remember this, so we just thought we should mention it again. In fact, Cherone lived in Eddie Van Halenâs guest house for much of 1997 while recording VAN HALEN III. Obviously, it was a collaboration that didnât manage to last for as long as anyone mightâve hoped, but itâs fair to say that it was nonetheless a time that Cherone will never forget.
5. He and Sammy Hagar didnât hate each other.
Or if they didnât (and we really donât think they did), they got over it: when Sammy released his LIVE HALLELUJAH concert album in 2003, Cherone sang on the performance of âWhen Itâs Love.â
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