Gary Cherone News

The former Van Halen singer has released the second album for his band Hurtsmile. Extreme is touring briefly in 2015, and hopes to write new music on the near future.

15 Years After Van Halen, Gary Cherone Still Going Strong with Extreme & Hurtsmile

15 Years After Van Halen, Gary Cherone Still Going Strong with Extreme & Hurtsmile

15 years ago today, Gary Cherone and Van Halen parted ways. And both parties were better off for it. What resulted from their three year union was a great tour (really, the only Van Halen tour to feature both the Sammy and Dave eras equally—just without Sammy or Dave!). And of course it spawned Van Halen III—officially a Van […]

Gary Cherone’s Hurtsmile to release new record ‘Retrogrenade’


Former Van Halen singer Gary Cherone’s band HURTSMILE is back with their second album, ‘Retrogranade,’ set for release on June 2  through, with a public release to follow. Available now at, is a free download of the single “Rock & Roll Cliché.” Following up their 2011 self-titled debut, the band’s second release ‘Retrogranade’‘ pays homage to almost every […]

Extreme’s Pat Badger Shares His Van Halen Experiences


Matt Wardlaw from POPDOSE spoke with Extreme’s Pat Badger recently from his home in Massachusetts to talk about Pat’s new album, which he is currently in the process of recording. Pat shared a couple cool little Van Halen stories, which we have here: PopDose: It’s exciting as a fan to know that exists and that there’s […]

The Toughest Job In Rock


If anyone ever had it, Gary Cherone sure as hell did – and he handled it with style As we mentioned earlier, this week marks the 15th anniversary of Van Halen 3, which makes this as good a time as any to give some credit to Gary Cherone. In November 1999, when Gary Cherone officially parted ways […]

16 Years Ago Today: Van Halen Release ‘III’


Today marks the 16th anniversary of Van Halen III, the only Van Halen album with Gary Cherone at the vocal helm. The album was released in the U.S. on 03/17/98 and in Japan about a week earlier. It was certified gold on 08/19/98. Over 550,000 copies have been sold in the U.S. The cover was picked […]

Gary Cherone Reflects on his Three-Year Stint In Van Halen


From Rolling Stone: This interview with Gary Cherone was conducted by Andy Greene just as Van Halen’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ was being released (February 2012). ‘I was one of the three singers in the mighty Van Halen. You can’t take that away from me’ On the off chance you haven’t heard, Van Halen […]

Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone playing together in Arizona


Gary Cherone’s current side project, HURTSMILE, will be opening for Sammy Hagar and the Wabos one night only–this Saturday, June 4th in Tucson, Arizona–at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol. (more info). FYI for those who live in Arizona – Hurtsmile is also playing this Friday, June 3rd at Club Red in Tempe, Arizona. […]

Hurtsmile video premiere / Gary Cherone on “Eddie Trunk Rocks!” radio show


The brand new video for Hurtsmile’s “Just War Theory” is premiering today and can be viewed below. Hurtsmile is frontman extraordinaire Gary Cherone’s (Extreme/ex-Van Halen) latest project and features Cherone collaborating with his brother, guitarist Mark Cherone. The Boston Globe referred to “Just War Theory” as a “revved-up rocker(s)” and the video is an equally-dynamic […]

Gary Cherone on Hurtsmile, Extreme, and Van Halen’s “Vaults Of Music”

Van Halen live 1998

Gary Cherone recently talked to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles about his new band Hurtsmile (which has a record out and available at iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, etc), Extreme’s future, and Van Halen’s “vaults of music” and what he thought of their last two tours with Sammy and Dave. The Van Halen segment is below. […]

Gary Cherone’s new band’s CD, HURTSMILE, released today


Former Van Halen singer Gary Cherone has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date, which is released today, February 15th. The self-titled, HURTSMILE hits you like a raw

Gary Cherone on Van Halen and Chickenfoot


Gary Cherone was recently on the Eddie Trunk show. Here are the segments where they discussed Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Listen here. Extreme’s new video, “Run”:

New song by Anklelock features Gary Cherone on vocals

A new song “Coming To Get You” from the Boston band Anklelock features Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen, Tribe of Judah) on vocals. Anklelock’s guitar player Bill Bracken tells the VHND: “I just released a song with a side project called Anklelock. It features Gary Cherone on vocals. Gary and I have worked together off […]