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.

Gary Cherone Talks Van Halen


In podcast episode 119 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by EXTREME frontman, Gary Cherone. Gary sits down with Mitch to discuss his band's performance at Heavy Montreal in August, the 25th Pornograffitti Anniversary tour, their upcoming live album & DVD, making new music, his band HURTSMILE, working with Nuno Bettencourt, addresses the recent Eddie Van … [Read more...]

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 Halen album, though we think of it more like a poorly … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 a full professionally shot show from that tour. I think at … [Read more...]

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 with Van Halen, you could almost picture him, back on familiar Boston turf, … [Read more...]

18 Years Ago Today: Van Halen Release ‘III’


Today marks the 18th 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 by Alex, who considered it extremely funny. Mike Post was picked by Gary to … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Gary Cherone! Gary Reflects on His Years In Van Halen


Today we wish a Happy Birthday to Van Halen's third singer, Gary Cherone! A few years ago, Rolling Stone conducted an in-depth interview with Gary on his three years in Van Halen: 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 … [Read more...]

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. For more about Hurtsmile & their killer debut … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. For the full interview, check out Cherone … [Read more...]

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 sonic sucker punch to the face! Hurtsmile is a powerful guitar-driven rock 'n' roll album. From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of ”Slave” … [Read more...]