Sammy was on Stern last week talking about his book and his Van Halen days. He was giving all of this great insight into Eddie, Al, Michael, etc. Then Baba Booey came in at the end of the interview and asked Sammy if it was true that he was abducted by aliens. Once he confirmed it and told the story, all of his credibility flew out the window. It was hilarious.
You know something? I'll lose a crap-load of rock cred for saying this, but I actually didn't have an issue with Sammy as frontman for Van Halen. Yeah he wasn't as bombastic and flashy as Dave, but he was an actual member of the band -- unlike Dave who was always just in it for Dave.
If you read the interview (which is a fun read), you'll see that nowhere does Sammy make the claim that he was abducted, but rather that the aliens tapped into his mind via long range wireless transmission. Just another case of sloppy, misleading journalism on the the part of a major media outlet.Actually, I have a sneaking suspicion that is his shtik, that this is how he fucks with people...when he tells these stories. I may be wrong, but my guess is Sammy's out there laughing at just how gullible people can be.
I agree. When he joined the band, it turned into Van Halen Love Song Time, but I did like that version (although not as much as Dave's Van Halen). Also, I can't stand Sammy's solo stuff, but Chickenfoot can be enjoyable.
You're fine with me Chez. 5150 and 0u812 were both great rock albums.People say it wasn't the same, and they were right. However, how many great bands are still making "the same" music 10-15 years into their career?Zeppelin wasn't. The stones weren't. The Beatles weren't.
Gotta take issue, about Sammy being in it for the band and Dave being in it for Dave. (I don't have a dog in this race, I prefer Dave era but do not have any particular issues with Sammy era, except for the stupid soul-crushing presence of synthesizers).Van Halen was ALWAYS about Eddie Van Halen. Fergawdsakes, he fired Michael Anthony, one of the genuinely nicest guys in rock and roll, to hire his damn kid! Yeah, Dave was loud and occasionally stupid and entertaining as hell and no doubt a pain in the ass - to Eddie Van Halen. I guess I'm saying there never really was any sort of band dynamic in the first place.
I liked the band with Dave and with Sammy. Gary Cherone however, meh, that was it.
Sammy's claim to have been visited by aliens seems (to me) to be less preposterous than Eddie claiming to know how to cure cancer---and that his oral cancer wasn't caused by smoking but by his metal guitar picks. @Riles: I think it was possible to actually *hear* Gary smiling when he came in to ask about the aliens..
I think Kanye is on to something. Sammy was on the celebrities ghost stories show too. Claimed his father visited him after he died. - Kara
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