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Van Halen III
Studio album by Van Halen
Released March 17, 1998
Recorded 1997 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Hard rock
Length 65:47
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Post, Edward Van Halen
Professional reviews
Van Halen chronology
Van Halen III
The Best of Both Worlds

Van Halen III is the eleventh studio album by American heavy metal/hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1998. It is the only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on lead vocals. The album's title was a pun on the fact that this was Van Halen's third recorded line-up, and the band's first two albums having been titled Van Halen and Van Halen II. No songs from it are featured on The Best of Both Worlds, the band's 2004 greatest hits compilation, and the album itself is not even listed on the band's discography.

The album's only significant radio hit was "Without You", which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart on the March 7, 1998 issue of Billboard, and remained at #1 for six weeks. Other songs receiving airplay on rock radio were About this sound "Fire in the Hole" and "One I Want". The album's final song, "How Many Say I", was an unusual acoustic piano ballad featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen (mostly) on lead vocals with Gary Cherone doing vocals with him at the chorus. "Year to the Day" is also featured.

Another song entitled "That's Why I Love You" was dropped at the last minute in favor of "Josephina" at Warner Brother's insistence. According to Cherone (in a 1999 interview) the band had originally planned for "That's Why I Love You" to be a single from the album.[citation needed]

This album also contributed the song "Fire in the Hole" to the Lethal Weapon 4 movie soundtrack.


Track listing

All songs credited to Michael Anthony, Gary Cherone, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen.

  1. "Neworld" – 1:51
  2. "Without You" – 6:37
  3. "One I Want" – 5:35
  4. "From Afar" – 5:29
  5. "Dirty Water Dog" – 5:33
  6. "Once" – 7:51
  7. "Fire in the Hole" – 5:37
  8. "Josephina" – 5:48
  9. "Year to the Day" – 8:47
  10. "Primary" – 1:31
  11. "Ballot or the Bullet" – 5:48
  12. "How Many Say I" – 6:16



Van Halen

Additional musicians

  • Matthew Bruck – guitar
  • Mike Post – piano on "Neworld"


  • Producers: Mike Post, Eddie Van Halen
  • Engineers: Erwin Musper, Eddie Van Halen
  • Mixing: The Edward, Robbes
  • Mastering: The Edward, Robbes, Eddy Schreyer
  • Programming: Florian Ammon, Ian Dye, Ed Rogers, Paul Wight
  • Art direction: Stine Schyberg
  • Photography: Dan Chavkin
  • Coloring: F. Scott Schafer

Michael Anthony revealed in an interview[citation needed] that he only played on three tracks—"Without You", "One I Want" and "Fire in the Hole"—and that the rest of the album's bass work was performed by Eddie Van Halen. Anthony is still part of the shared songwriting credits, and appeared on the videos to "Without You" and "Fire in the Hole."

Sales charts


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200 4
1998 Top Canadian Albums 4

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Fire in the Hole" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1998 "One I Want" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
1998 "Without You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1



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