Life is full of many great “What ifs?”, music just as much as any other.
What if in 1981 Phil Collen had joined Iron Maiden and Adrian Smith joined Def Leppard, the guitarist each band first asked?
What if Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) or Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Gos) had recorded solo albums?
What if The Police had reunited and continued?
What if Rush had broken up after “Grace Under Pressure”?
What if Eric Clapton had not given up his seat on a helicopter to Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990?
Et cetera, et cetera.
What if Eddie Van Halen had convinced his first choice to replace David Lee Roth as the band’s singer?
This one really blew my mind. More below the fold….
In a recent interview, the video linked below, Patty Smyth (formerly of Scandal) tells of her meeting with EVH, how he liked and respected her singing.
She said that if EVH had asked her to record an album with the band, instead of asking her to permanently join, she might have said yes. She turned down the offer because she’s a New Yorker, and joining would have forced her to move to Los Angeles, just as she was having a child.
Smyth said she doesn’t regret her decision because of the work she did after Scandal broke up, but she continued to think about it, right up until Eddie Van Halen’s death this year.