SAMMY HAGAR Says He Would Love To Play 'One Last Show' With VAN HALEN

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September 24, 2019 at 9:45 am Quote #60869


SAMMY HAGAR Says He Would Love To Play ‘One Last Show’ With VAN HALEN
September 24, 2019

In conjunction with a recent OC Weekly feature, rock legend Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, THE CIRCLE, CHICKENFOOT) spoke at length about his career with writer Clay Marshall. Some select interview “outtakes” follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).


Sammy: “If there was ever going to be one reunion — I’d say, you’ve got one more shot, one more; you’re going to put the guys together — it would be VAN HALEN. Not for a tour; not to make a record; not to go on and on and on, because I don’t think we’re there. I don’t think I can be in the same head space as those guys personally. We’re in different head spaces, so I don’t think we could create well together, but just one time for the good time? VAN HALEN, number one, hands down. If I said I’ve only got one more show left in my whole life, who would you want [it] to be [with]? Eddie [Van Halen], Alex [Van Halen] and Michael [Anthony]. The good times and the stuff we made in the band, it was the peak of my life, musical life, career. It was during the MTV [era] — the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that was the most… People idolized that lifestyle. You ask any actor from that era, ‘What would you want to be?’ ‘I want to be a rock star. Those guys are having all the fun, making all the money.’ That was VAN HALEN. MONTROSE, we never made it. It was a struggle; it was fun; it was lovely; I loved it. The first record, one of the greatest records I ever made in my life. Then, solo stuff — hey, it’s great. I hit it big time. Double arenas, a couple stadiums here and there. But VAN HALEN — we hit it. All number ones; sell out every frickin’ show you’d ever play in your life anywhere, any sized building in the world. It allowed me to build Cabo Wabo [tequila]; it allowed me to be a household name long enough to say, ‘I think I’ll keep a face in that house. I may have to do it on a TV show — whatever I’ve got to do…’”

On VAN HALEN’s successful but tension-filled 2004 reunion tour, during which Hagar and Anthony traveled separately from the Van Halen brothers:

Sammy: “Even if I sit and ponder on that, which I don’t — I don’t take inventory; I don’t look back at all, ever. I’m just always looking forward, looking up, looking at the ground, looking straight ahead, and I very seldom look over my shoulder. Even if I did and I think about those times, I have more sympathy for what Eddie must have been going through personally then, because I never found out, because we didn’t communicate very well. I was so disappointed with the tour at the time that when I tried to reach out, rarely did we connect and really have an honest love for each other. It was rough. Looking back, I feel sorry that he must have been going through something really bad. He wasn’t sharing it with me. I wish him well, and I hope they’re okay. One last show — ‘Sammy, you’ve got one more show to do’ — boom. If those guys wouldn’t do it, I’d go park in their driveway and make them. I’d say, I ain’t leaving here. Al’s going to come over eventually, so I’ll get him when he pulls up and hog-tie his ass. Me and Mikey will sit in the car out in the driveway until they fold.”

On the never-ending debate among fans who prefer the band’s albums with David Lee Roth to the “Van Hagar” years:

Sammy: “I have no problem with people saying that early VAN HALEN stuff was more rock. It was raw rock. They were young kids, for god’s sake. First band, first albums. I compare MONTROSE to that. They were like MONTROSE. When I joined, I was 45 years old. I’m a grown man. I’ve got kids. I’ve got a wife. I’m wealthy already — I’ve had success. We’re not going to be that first album again. But that early VAN HALEN stuff was fuckin’ killer. It’s just that when I joined the band, Eddie was kind of done writing that way. He had run out of his licks, and I’m not putting him down in any way. He’s still a genius, but you only have so many songs in you. Look at THE BEATLES; look at THE ROLLING STONES. You’ve got to repeat yourself if you stay together and keep going, and Eddie was about to repeat himself. When I came in there, he was pulling out stuff saying, ‘Well, what do you think about this?’ He was trying to write new music, and most of the time, he was sitting down at the piano. I’m going, ‘Fuck, I didn’t know you could play piano like that.’ I immediately start singing, and he’s going, ‘Wow.’ It allowed him as a musician to grow. Just playing guitar in the early stuff and those real simple things in Dave’s range of singing, you run out. ’1984′ was the peak. They would have never outdone that record, and some people don’t even like that record because of ‘Jump’. I’m going, ‘Get out of here — that’s a fuckin’ great song. I wish they would have played me that fuckin’ riff.’ I have no ego in that whole thing. If it wasn’t for what Dave did with that band, I would have had no band to join. I was running out as a solo artist at the time. I cut my hair off. I said to Ted Templeman, who produced my ‘VOA’ record — it was a multi-platinum record, and I did my biggest tour ever… He goes, ‘What are we going to do next?’ I said, ‘I’m taking a year off. I’m going to figure out… I’ve got to write some songs. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s time for a change.’ Then jumping in there, it was just perfect. Eddie was running out the same way, I’m sure; I wasn’t sure which way I was going to go; we got together, and bam — it was like lightning. It was just beautiful, and the timing couldn’t have been better. I wrote songs to the music I was given. I wrote lyrics and melodies to the music I was given by Eddie. I didn’t force none of that. It is what it is. We sold plenty of records, and I’ll tell you what — when I play ‘When It’s Love’ or ‘Right Now’, the ballad, softer side of VAN HALEN, all I know is that I’ve got about 15,000 people with lighters in the air singing, so somebody likes that shit. [Laughs]”

On whether he’d enjoy performing a VAN HALEN album in its entirety:

Sammy: “I’m starting to see so many people do it… I just interviewed DEF LEPPARD for my ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip’ [TV show]. They did some shows where they played the whole ‘Hysteria’ record. Everybody’s kind of doing that. REO [SPEEDWAGON] just did it with ‘High Fidelity’, their biggest record. It’s such a trend, but man, I don’t think I could play a whole night without moving all over my career, because I’m so used to it with THE CIRCLE and I’m so happy about it. Every night, we can go, ‘Let’s play ‘Best Of Both Worlds’. No, we played ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ last night. Let’s play ‘Top Of The World’.’ ‘Let’s do ‘When It’s Love’ — no, let’s do ‘Right Now’ tonight.’ ‘Let’s do ‘Rock Candy’ instead of ‘Bad Motor Scooter’.’ On and on and on. There’s so much that we can do, and it’s so… It’s the set list from heaven. Every single song, I look at the audience. When we kick each song off with THE CIRCLE, these guys — or a guy and a girl, or two girls — they look at each other and shake their head like, ‘Yes. All right. They’re playing that one. Oh my God — they’re playing that.’ Song after song, you see that response. I would love to do it, and I kind of do that in Cabo — the only thing I do in Cabo is not a whole record. I’ve done ‘Marching To Mars’ in Cabo, and I’ve done ‘Space Between’ in Cabo, the whole record. Just those two, oddly enough. What we do, a lot of times, we would just go out and start playing MONTROSE — as many MONTROSE tunes as we know. The first hour is just MONTROSE, mixed up [on] shuffle. Or we play VAN HALEN. Many times, I went out with either band and just said, ‘Let’s play every VAN HALEN song we know.’ Before the night is over, we start mixing it up. It’s never one album, but it’s, like, 20 VAN HALEN songs in one night. I’ve done that before. With THE WABOS this year in Cabo, one of the nights, it’s going to be pure Sammy — no MONTROSE, no VAN HALEN. It’s going to be deep Sammy tracks… It’s going to be pure Sammy. I only get, like, five Sammy songs in THE CIRCLE set, and I get a lot of shit for it. [Laughs]”

Hagar replaced Roth in VAN HALEN in 1985 and recorded four studio albums with the band — “5150″, “OU812″, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance” — all of which topped the U.S. chart. The highest-charting Roth-led VAN HALEN album was a No. 2, and it took until “1984″ to achieve that. (2012′s “A Different Kind Of Truth” also landed at No. 2.)

Hagar, Anthony, Alex and Eddie Van Halen last teamed up in 2004 for a U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo.

September 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm Quote #60872


Too many great songs that need to be heard..
May be with Dave touring his Vegas show around they might call Sammy.

EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.

September 25, 2019 at 12:24 pm Quote #60874


Yeah, that’s funny…after all the crap and s**t he threw to Eddie…

September 26, 2019 at 11:53 am Quote #60876


evhua: Yeah, that’s funny…after all the crap and s**t he threw to Eddie…

To be fair, he was defending Mike at crap Ed had thrown out. But yes, Sam has thrown out a lot of crap elsewhere, his book in particular. But there too, his book was no worse than Val’s, and Ed still talks to her.

Stay Frosty

September 27, 2019 at 10:27 am Quote #60882


[from same interview]

SAMMY HAGAR Says He Would Be ‘Bored To Death’ If He Retired
September 25, 2019

In conjunction with a recent OC Weekly feature, rock legend Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, THE CIRCLE, CHICKENFOOT) spoke at length about his career with writer Clay Marshall. Some select interview “outtakes” follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On having no plans to retire:

Sammy: “Being one of the few that are still upright at my age is quite the honor. Half the thing that makes me so healthy and so vibrant and able to do things that I did when I was 40 is because I’m happy to do them. I don’t have to do things that I’m not happy to do. Some people have to work, you have do this and and that, and I’m not dogging that — I’m just saying it makes my life so much easier, it makes me so happy, because I don’t have anything to complain about. I’m not miserable, ever. It’s great — it’s good to be me [Laughs]… I say no to so many things, you wouldn’t believe it. Everybody thinks that I must just do everything that comes along, but I say no to so many things because I think, ‘Ah, that’s not going to be enough fun.’ Everything I’m doing is really because it’s fun, and it does keep me alive. It’s things I want to do. I think that if I stopped and tried to retire and slow down, number one, I would be bored to death. My wife would probably kick me out of the house, and we’d probably have to live in separate houses. When I’m busy, I’m the best, and my energy stays up and I don’t start getting insecure and thinking about other things, and then I don’t start daydreaming. I’m a real daydreaming, creative person, and if you give me five minutes off, I’ll start a new damn business.”

On knowing when to say when:

Sammy: “If you have a drinking problem, you probably don’t want to hang around me. I don’t have a drinking problem, and I don’t have a drug problem. I never did. I’ve never been to rehab, never had to go to rehab. I never woke up in the morning saying, ‘I need a drink. I’ve got the shakes.’ I told my mother years ago when I first started making the booze — she said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to be careful.’ She was all sick and my father was a horrible alcoholic and died of it, at a young age — 56. I said, ‘Mom, if I ever wake up in the morning with the shakes and feel like I have a drink just to get going, I’ll never drink again.’ That’s a promise I made to myself and everybody else. I don’t have the disease — and it’s a disease — and it makes me feel guilty because I’ve got family members that have it. It makes me feel guilty once in a while when I’m out there pushing the party. That’s my lifestyle, but I don’t do that all night. I have a way of drinking. If you’re going to drink tequila, you go, you do a shot. Then you get a margarita and you nurse that margarita until it gets warm or it’s gone. You don’t slam it. And by the way, I don’t do a whole shot, either. A shot, to me, is two or three sips. Then you dance or you get on stage and play a little bit. An hour later, you’re sweating — ‘Ah, do another shot.’ And you get another margarita. You can do that about four times throughout a six-hour period, and you’re fine. You go home, you go to bed, eat some tacos in the middle of all that, and you wake up the next day feeling great. But if sit there and do, like, eight shots in a row, and your buddy’s [like], ‘Okay, let’s do one more,’ about two hours later, ‘Whoo, I ain’t feeling so good.’ You’ve just got to drink responsibly. You know what? Drive responsibly. Fuck responsibly. Raise your kids responsibly. Do it all responsibly, dammit.”

On why CHICKENFOOT ended up not reuniting this year, despite Joe Satriani hinting as much several months ago:

Sammy: “Blame Chad Smith. I’m joking — I love Chad…We’ll do a thing here and there. For instance, at the birthday bash this year, I’m [doing a] reunion with THE WABOS, my old band. We’ll only play Sammy Hagar [solo material]. THE CIRCLE plays everything — we play VAN HALEN; we play CHICKENFOOT; we play MONTROSE; we play one LED ZEPPELIN song. We had to narrow it down — we used to play three or four, but now we only play one, because of the new album, ‘Space Between’. We’re down to one MONTROSE, one CHICKENFOOT, one LED ZEPPELIN. CHICKENFOOT, we’ll get around to it. I love doing reunions, but THE CIRCLE is my band now. I want everybody to know that.”

In addition to Hagar, THE CIRCLE features bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.

September 27, 2019 at 10:27 am Quote #60883


[more from the same interview]

SAMMY HAGAR On THE CIRCLE: ‘We Play The VAN HALEN Songs As Good As VAN HALEN Ever Played Them’
September 26, 2019

In conjunction with a recent OC Weekly feature, rock legend Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, THE CIRCLE, CHICKENFOOT) spoke at length about his career with writer Clay Marshall. Some select interview “outtakes” follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).


Sammy: “[It's] my favorite band ever — a band that can play everything I’ve ever done in my life, and play it so well that I’m happy. It’s not, like, ‘Well, we’ve got to play a few of those songs, but it’s not going to be as good as the original.’ With THE CIRCLE, we play ‘Rock Candy’ better than MONTROSE. We play the VAN HALEN songs as good as VAN HALEN ever played them, and I mean that. It’s just such a magical band. The chemistry… Jason [Bonham, drums] just sent me a live YouTube thing from Wolf Trap [a venue in Vienna, Virginia], and some guy in the audience was just holding the camera up the whole damn show almost, and I’m watching and going, ‘Look how good we were.’ I know we’re just up there doing it, but man, when you hear it and see it back, you go, ‘This band…’ We love each other, and we love playing together, and that’s the difference when you’re playing the song — not just playing the parts, but playing with the other people. That’s the difference in this band — we’re playing with each other. It’s very loose, but the level of musicianship is so high in this band that we can take it out a little bit and not step on it. It’s really, really cool. I love this band.”

On how the inner dynamics of THE CIRCLE differ from those of VAN HALEN:

Sammy: “Being in a band is a full-time job. It’s just like a marriage — it really is. It’s even worse, because in a marriage, you can go to work and come back home, but in a band, you go to work with your partners and try to create together. It’s so deep. It’s really hard to say, but if you don’t get along, it’s stressful, and it makes the work harder. VAN HALEN, we got along great for so many years — it’s just was toward the end where it became like, ‘I want black.’ ‘No, I want white.’ ‘Okay, I’ll go for white now.’ ‘No, I think I want black now just because you want white.’ It was so much of that that it was really stressing me out. I didn’t realize it at the time — I just thought, ‘It’s just another band. This is what bands do.’ After I left VAN HALEN, I said, ‘I’ll never play with people that I don’t really love to play with again — that I don’t like personally. If you’re not getting along personally, I’m not going to play music with those kind of people, even if I have to take lesser musicians.’ The WABO[RITAS] years was all great — I just started having fun and created a lifestyle around my music that really made me happy. I love living the hell out of life. Get the most that you can. My philosophy is, ‘Live each day like it’s your first and live each night like it’s your last, if you can, without hurting yourself.’ [Laughs] You’ve got to have a little discipline to live that way, which I do. But I’m really so happy with THE CIRCLE. Now I have a band that the musicianship is like VAN HALEN — it’s on that level — and we like to do the same things. We don’t have to go out and play 150 shows a year. We just play as many as we want. It’s just a perfect life.”

On THE CIRCLE’s latest album, “Space Between”:

Sammy: “It’s a dream come true for me at this stage of my life to have had that kind of success with a brand new band. I’m thrilled; I’m excited; I’m happy. I wanted it. People say, ‘What do you want?’ I wanted to have a successful record. At this stage of my life, classic rock bands do not have successful records. I wanted one, and I got it. I just can’t believe it. But we made a great record. The fact that I’m still alive, I’ve still got passion, I’ve still got desires for things, and music is the strongest one. I went in there and I just closed the door behind me, and I don’t think I opened that door back up for two or three months. I went home at night, but I was still in that room writing and singing and playing and creating that record. People say, ‘What else is there for you?’ I want that record to last. I want that record to get recognized by the industry, to get validated by the Grammy association or some award. It’s because it deserves it, and because I worked so hard on it, I feel like I deserve it [laughs] — I’m going, ‘Listen, you guys. You’ve got to pay attention here. I did something great for this stage in my life.’ I feel real good about it… Being accepted in the fabric of that is kind of like all that I can ever ask for, the last thing in my life, in my career. I’ve had it all — I’ve sold 60 million records, blah blah blah, had a bunch of number ones, all that stuff — but the validation from the industry itself, honestly, it humbles me. I go, ‘You know what? That makes me happy. That makes me feel good about myself.’ I don’t mind sharing that. I know guys who probably wouldn’t show up if they get a Grammy award or [inducted into] the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame. I’m going, ‘What? Are you kidding me? I’ll be there.’”

In addition to Hagar and Bonham, THE CIRCLE features bassist Michael Anthony and guitarist Vic Johnson.

September 28, 2019 at 11:03 am Quote #60890


He needs to let go,.his new band is great .


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