Unchained Indeed: Van Halen Splits With Warner Bros.?
Thursday, January 24, 2002 @ 9:26 AM
Rumor Has It Van Halen And Lon
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According to Hits Magazine’s Daily Double (i.e. – the rumor mill section), the once mighty Van Halen has split with longtime label Warner Bros. The band’s relationship with the record company, which stretches back to the group's 1978 debut, has been strained since the release of Van Halen 3 in 1998 with one-time lead singer Gary Cherone (formerly of Extreme). Rumors circulated that the label was pressuring the band to reunite with original frontman David Lee Roth but that the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex, were not totally comfortable with that scenario. The band has also changed attorneys, hiring Alan Mintz to take over for Don Engel, who has been with them for 15 years. According to Hits, “as the managerless band tries to re-invent itself amid talk of a tour and a new record deal with either Sammy (Hagar), Dave or both, observers observing that the split with Engel was not entirely amicable.”
Meanwhile, Diamond David Lee Roth can be heard gut-laughing in the distance as he books more solo tour dates and orders another cavalcade of midgets to pour him a refill and rev up the engine of his red corvette.