HURTSMILE, the new band led by the third VAN HALEN frontman, Gary Cherone, who took over when Sammy Hagar left the group (or was fired, depending on whom you ask) in 1996, will open for SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABORITAS this Saturday, June 4 at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. HURTSMILE will also perform on Friday, June 3 at Club Red in Tempe.
Cherone was the lead singer on VAN HALEN‘s last full album, “Van Halen III”, which came out in 1998.
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.”