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Mitch Malloy: Van Halen's lost boy comes home for Trinity

Mitch Malloy is returning to Dickinson to perform during the "Titan Strong" Baid-Aid Relief event.

Dickinson native and international recording artist Mitch Malloy is returning home as the headline entertainment for the “Titan Strong” Band-Aid Relief.

Throughout his career as a singer, songwriter and music producer, Malloy has always considered Dickinson his hometown. He is living in Nashville, Tenn., where he owns a recording studio.

“When I saw what happened to Trinity on the Internet, I was immediately pulled to want to help,” Malloy said. “So when I was asked to help, it was a no-brainer for me. I adjusted my schedule, but that’s OK — it’s something important I wanted to do.”

Malloy was born and raised in Dickinson and attended Dickinson High School. With friends from Trinity and having played sports against the Titans, he feels a connection to the school.

“When I think about those kids and their school being gone, I can’t imagine how I’d feel if my children’s school burned down,” he said.

After graduation, Malloy studied music in Seattle. His career took off in the early ’90s when he was signed to RCA as a solo artist.

“My first record came out world-wide in 1992,” he said. “At last count, I’ve recorded 13 albums, the last one in 2013.”

One of the highlights of his career was when he joined the Van Halen band for a brief time as lead singer to replace Sammy Hagar. The story is recounted in a YouTube documentary, “Mitch Malloy: Van Halen’s Lost Boy.”

“Van Halen is one of the biggest bands in the world and it was a real honor to be asked by them,” Malloy said.

Malloy visited Dickinson while on tour a year ago. This trip, he plans to visit several classrooms, talking to kids about his passions of nutrition and music.

For  the Titan Strong benefit, Malloy is bringing his guitar and soundtracks for a full-sound performance.

“Coming back to play is extra cool for me, I know I’ll love it,” he said.