Michael Sweet Says He Could Help Van Halen Make Another Classic Album

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Michael Sweet says that he would love to help Van Halen make another classic album in the style of the band’s earliest albums. The Stryper frontman talked with “10 Questions With The Musical Mind” in a new interview. “Chances are in this lifetime it’ll never happen, but if it ever did, and we co-produced [the LP] together, and I was able, as a fan, a singer, a guitar player, a writer, to pull that out of them, I guarantee you it would be the best Van Halen album since [‘Van Halen’], ‘II’ and [‘Women And Children First’],”. “I can say that without even any hesitation at all, because, in a perfect world again, if they agreed to it, and we all worked together and went for that, I guarantee you it would happen and the world would be going, ‘What the eff just happened?'”

“We don’t wanna hear Van Halen doing a modern song with no guitar solos,” Michael said. “You wanna hear Van Halen like you heard it on ‘Van Halen’ and ‘II’ and ‘Women And Children First’. That’s the Van Halen we all know and love, and that was the fire — a burning, ignited, raging fire.”

“I’m a huge Van Halen fan — about as big as they come — and I’ve always loved the band and everything,” he said. “And I just feel like the last album… You know when you feel like a band is just going through the motions and they’re just not giving it their best? That’s what I felt with that album. It got some really good reviews — people were saying, ‘This is great. This is great’ — and I’m just kind of sitting there reading them, thinking, ‘Okay, I’m hearing something completely different than these people are hearing, apparently.’ And I have absolutely no clue what I am talking about, because I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get it. There’s qualities there that you’ve come to expect that are still there that you love — you know, Eddie’s [Van Halen] playing… Eddie could play two notes and cause chins to drop, ’cause he’s Eddie. But… I don’t know, man.”