Mitch Malloy with Van Halen sings Panama (1996)

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October 10, 2012 at 1:54 am Quote #19688


Straight from the archives of the 5150, during the auditions of Mitch Malloy in 1996, courtesy of Andrew from Melodicrock.
Now that’s something I never thought would surface.

October 10, 2012 at 2:38 am Quote #19689


It’s really cool to finally hear this.

October 10, 2012 at 7:32 am Quote #19690


Could someone convert this to flac or mp3 and upload it to dropbox? I cannot access youtube, vimeo etc. Thanks!

October 10, 2012 at 8:01 am Quote #19691

October 10, 2012 at 11:19 am Quote #19694


Never thought I’d hear this either. I wonder how the other songs sounded?

October 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm Quote #19696


To me, he sounds like a hybrid of Sammy and Gary. No wonder Ed liked him. I doubt Van Halen III would have been much different with this guy. I would have to hear more of him to really form a better opinion. It would also be interesting to see how he performs in front of an audience.

The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!

October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm Quote #19697


sounds quite good. i wonder if there”s any more demos lying about.
would be good to hear more. :mrgreen:

October 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm Quote #19698


Here is the back story from the youtube video

In 1996 (Sorry for the video typo, not 1998…time flies!), Mitch Malloy auditioned for Van Halen by recording a few tracks at 5150 studios with Eddie, Alex and Michael Anthony. His joining VH as replacement for Sammy Hagar was overridden by then manager Ray Danniels, who wanted his boy Gary Cherone in.
The band when twith Cherone.

But what would could have been? Have a listen to this live studio demo for the very first time – exclusive to

Mitch Malloy is still hard at work and will release his new album “Shine On” at the end of this month at Firefest UK and then via and plus iTunes worldwide.

Mitch told me exclusively of his day at 5150:

“A guy who worked for their management at the time used to be my road manager and he kept calling me and telling me they were going to fire Sammy and that I was going to be the next singer in Van Halen and he was calling and calling and finally I got annoyed by this and told him to stop and that I didn’t think I was a good fit in VH and that if he was serious he should have Ed call me.
A week later Desmond Child calls me and says he has just left Ed’s house and was writing with them and that they were talking about me and that they were watching my “Anything At All” video, and that he told them that I was perfect for them, and that they would be lucky to get me, and before I knew it, I was on a plane to LA. Ed did call, a bunch of times. He was great.”

Mitch recorded with the band – Panama, Ain’t Talking ’bout Love, Why Can’t This Be Love, Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do), Jump.

“It was very surreal. It was pretty cool. Valerie was very nice to me and Wolfy and I had a great connection. He just took to me right away. Ed was very taken with that as I recall, he told me I must be the guy cause his son loved me.
It was cool. It was very nice. Ed is really a great guy, and so is Al and Mike. Ed was treating me like I was his best friend, his little brother. He still does most of the time. I miss him at the moment. I have not talked to him in a while. I hope he is okay.

He was very encouraging on this new record. I sent him You Lift Me, It’s About Love, and Draw The Line and he called me while he was still listening to it and was very very excited and saying things that I couldn’t believe. I can’t really repeat them here without sounding like a total egotistic ass, so I will just say, he was very flattering.
I hung up and yelled at the top of my voice. That felt way better than when he told me I was in the band. I felt like he accepted me as a peer when he like my music.”

October 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm Quote #19699


very cool thanks for posting that

October 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm Quote #19700


awesome guitar tone…. damn I miss that Balance’y era sound…. and as far as I am concerned, he did an awesome job on that. Way better than Gary did I think. No offence to Gary. I would love to hear DTM and ATBL too.

that was nice,


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October 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm Quote #19701


pretty cool

October 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm Quote #19703


Cool ! 8)

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?

October 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm Quote #19707

October 13, 2012 at 9:03 am Quote #19739

King Edward

Loved hearing it but Iam not a huge fan. Very mediocre IMO. Not that VH 3 was anything better….just sayin.

October 13, 2012 at 9:39 am Quote #19740


Almost kareokeish….I kind of expected more than my local bar entertainment.

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