Gary Cherone Leaves Van Halen

After just one album fronting the band, singer Gary Cherone has left Van Halen, according to the "Hollywood Reporter."

No reason was given for the split, although it was reported that the "departure is without rancor."

Cherone joined Van Halen after Sammy Hagar left in 1996. The band's only effort with Cherone, the former lead singer of pop-metal band Extreme, "Van Halen III," did not sell as well as the group's previous efforts with former lead singers Hagar and David Lee Roth.

With the news of Cherone leaving the band, fans will no doubt be chomping at the bit for a reunion with either Sammy Hagar, or original singer David Lee Roth, with whom the band worked with on two songs for a greatest hits album in 1996. However, after appearing together at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, a row between Edward Van Halen and Roth cut the reunion short.

Months later, Van Halen told "Guitar World" that "We could go out there and make a killing on tour

with Roth but we're not a nostalgia band. I would never just take somebody's money for playing old songs to bring back memories. If we ever did that with Roth, we'd have to write and record a new record and then play a few of the old ones. I'm sure a lot of fans of the band would love to see it-but some things are better left to memory."

Representatives from Van Halen were not reachable as of presstime. We'll keep you updated on the story as it develops.