Sammy Hagar Says 'Space Between' Is 'Where My Heart Is at Now'

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October 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm Quote #59712


Sammy Hagar Says ‘Space Between’ Is ‘Where My Heart Is at Now’: Exclusive Interview
Ultimate Classic Rock Staff
October 3, 2018

There’s something about getting older that kinda puts life in perspective. Especially for someone like Sammy Hagar.

You can now laugh about splitting your pants onstage or recoil at the memory of reducing a plump fan to tears with questions of pregnancy. You can talk about love and God, your passion for helping the homeless and even about your craving for extra-creamy mashed potatoes. All of which he’s done.

To many, Hagar is superhuman, a rock god. From his early years with Montrose to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Van Halen to his current group, the Circle, Hagar has continued to pump out classic songs. And he has no intention of stopping yet.

Hagar and the Circle are hitting the beach with REO Speedwagon, Joe Satriani, Vince Neil and a host of surprise guests for the High Tide Beach Party and Car Show in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Oct. 6. Then he’s taking the party to Mexico on Oct. 9 for a three-night sold-out 71st birthday celebration at his Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Hagar is as well-known for throwing epic beach bashes as he is for his robust guitar licks and powerful vocals. But for a guy who’s turned partying into a lucrative career, he says he has reached a point in his life when he feels more introspective. “I don’t have the ambitions to be a rock star right now,” Hagar tells UCR. “I am a rock star. I’ve been a rock star half my life.”

In addition to a prodigious discography, Hagar’s empire includes restaurants, liquor brands, an impressive car collection and TV and radio shows. But his upcoming album, Space Between, comes from a place far from where you’d expect. “Where my heart is at now, the things I’m talking about are more worldly,” he says of the songs on Space Between. “Nothing is just jive, and I’m not just making lyrics up. I’m saying something.”

Hagar says the new album, which is expected to come out in early 2019, is about money and greed. “Musically, it will hold up,” Hagar says. “Jason Bonham is the greatest rock drummer in the world and plays just like his dad. So, on this record, we’ve got that Led Zeppelin sound and feel.”

Along with Bonham, son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, the Circle features guitarist Vic Johnson of the Bus Boys and bassist Michael Anthony of Van Halen. “He’s as good a rock bass player as anyone ever in the history of rock,” Hagar says of Anthony. “And Vic, when he plays on this record, he’s bringing it all there.”

Hagar and the Circle debuted one of their new songs live for the first time at a recent concert in Florida. Up until the last minute, Hagar wasn’t even sure they were going to include it. He calls their current playlist a “Circle-fest” of the greatest songs from Montrose, Van Halen, his solo career, Led Zeppelin and Chickenfoot. “You try to throw a new song in the middle of that, it better be fucking good,” he says.

And it was.

If you can imagine Sammy Hagar as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin with harder bass, you’d have a pretty good idea of what it sounded like. Hagar’s pride in Space Between is evident. “You know what I wanna do?” he says. “I wanna go play the whole fucking new record, I’m so happy with it.”

Hagar says he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s greatest musicians, like Joe Satriani, who played with Hagar in Chickenfoot. “I can’t keep up with him,” Hagar says. “He’s got so much music in him, and it’s so sophisticated and so good, and it’s magic. He picks up a guitar and he writes a piece of music that’s perfect from head to toe.”

But if Hagar had a dream ensemble? “Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards,” he says. “It would be so much easier if they’d just come to Cabo and just jump onstage for a couple of hours and play. It’s gonna happen. I make things happen.”

While Hagar may get a Rolling Stone onstage one day, it doesn’t look like he’s going to get another Van Halen anytime soon. Hagar reached out to David Lee Roth to join him and Anthony at the High Tide Beach Party but says Roth didn’t even bother to respond.

“I’m not even concerned about what [Roth and Eddie Van Halen] are doing anymore,” he says. “Obviously, they’re not doing anything. And I hope they’re well. Mikey and I are just tired of sitting around waiting.”

Hagar, on the other hand, has been busy as usual. He and the Circle have been making what Hagar hopes will be a Grammy-winning album. “I’ve been wanting to make a record with this band for so long, but we were afraid . . . of the legacy of the whole band,” he says. “But I think, as my last piece of music, I just really want to do something great. I think I did it, and I hope it’s as good as I think it is.”

By Wendy Rhodes

October 5, 2018 at 5:06 am Quote #59717


Sammy can say and do whatever he wants…
I still believe that if Van Halen would put out a new record and a world tour, Sam would be pissed.
…as I still believe that if Eddie would ask Sammy to get back in the studio with Mike and Al , he would be very pleased… :-)
By the way, it’s so sad to realise that for the 40th anniversary of VAN HALEN I….the band didn’t do anything…

January 27, 2019 at 10:07 am Quote #60153


Jan 26, 2019

Here is a taste of the first song “Trust Fund Baby” from the Circle’s new album “Space Between”… play it on whatever system suits you and crank it up, it fucking rocks like the rest of the album! #Enjoy #ItsBeenALongTime #FullCircle #ItsShowtime

January 27, 2019 at 6:23 pm Quote #60159


Cool tune !

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?

January 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm Quote #60162


sounds like Montrose”I got the fire” :roll:

January 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm Quote #60165


Announcing the May 10th release of The Circle’s debut original album, Space Between! The band will mount a large-scale tour of North American, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019.

Full track listing, tour dates and more will be revealed next Monday, February 4th

Play/Download Trust Fund Baby

January 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm Quote #60169


I love it, hope the rest is as good as this and if so he should play the whole thing live,and forget about VH.

February 4, 2019 at 12:29 pm Quote #60210


First set of dates are out

Friday April 19 Reno, NV Grand Theatre
Saturday April 20 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Monday April 22 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
Tuesday April 23 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Theatre
Friday April 26 Laughlin, NV Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheatre
Saturday April 27 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
Tuesday April 30 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Wednesday May 01 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre
Friday May 03 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
Saturday May 04 Tulsa, OK Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino
Friday May 17 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino Amp.
Saturday May 18 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amp. w/Vince Neil
Monday May 20 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Cntr at The Heights w/Vince Neil
Wednesday May 22 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre w/Night Ranger
Thursday May 23 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn w/Night Ranger
Saturday May 25 Bensalem, PA XCite Center at Parx Casino w/Night Ranger
Sunday May 26 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion w/Night Ranger
Tuesday May 28 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/Night Ranger
Thursday May 30 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino w/Night Ranger
Friday May 31 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap w/Night Ranger
Tuesday June 04 Lewiston, NY Artpark w/Night Ranger
Wednesday June 05 Pittsburgh, PA Highmark Stadium w/Night Ranger
Friday June 07 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre w/Vince Neil

February 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm Quote #60212


Space Between
CD 2019 The Circle (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, & Vic Johnson)

01 Devil Came to Philly 2:35
02 Full Circle Jam (Chump Change) 3:38
03 Can’t Hang 3:57
04 Wide Open Space 3:46
05 Free Man 4:20
06 Bottom Line 2:43
07 No Worries 3:27
08 Trust Fund Baby 4:15
09 Affirmation 3:20
10 Hey Hey (Without Greed) 2:51

Announcing “Trust Fund Baby”, the first single from The Circle’s debut album of original material, Space Between! Note that almost all tickets for the 2019 Circle tour include a FREE copy of the new album! Check upcoming events for a show in your area!

Pre-order the Album here, Stream & Download “Trust Fund Baby” here & Watch the lyric video here!

Album release May 10th, 2019. The band will mount a large-scale tour of North America, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019.

Photo by Leah Steiger

Photo by Leah Steiger

With the upcoming release of Space Between, the band harnesses the depth of their artistic experiences and seminal collaborative sound with Hagar’s prolific writing vein to produce an album that builds and explodes, song after song, around the concepts of money, greed, enlightenment and truth. Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin.

“The 10 songs on the ‘Space Between’ are not just a bunch of new songs grouped together on an album. They were sewn together conceptually for a complete mental, emotional and physical experience (kind of a Three Lock Box). Once I had the overall vision, the lyrics and music began to just flow through me.” – Sammy

Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands’ substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game. Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release Space Between on May 10 via BMG. The band will mount a large-scale tour of North American, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019.

BMG signed a worldwide label deal with Sammy Hagar & The Circle for the new album, Space Between, and will also include select Hagar catalog titles.

PRODUCED BY: Jaimeson Durr, Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson

RECORDED & MIXED BY: Jaimeson Durr –, Instagram

ASSISTANT ENGINEER: Steven Campodonico

MASTERED BY: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, TN.

ADDITIONAL ENGINEERS: F. Reid Shippen – Mixing Engineer for “No Worries”; Other: Alan Howarth, Ian Hatton, Alex Saenz

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS: Audie Delone – Keys, Brett Tuggle – Keys, Ian Hatton – Guitar


Well, well, well, finally a new album for all of you patient Redheads.

The 10 songs on the “Space Between” are not just a bunch of new songs grouped together on an album. They were sewn together conceptually for a complete mental, emotional and physical experience (kind of a Three Lock Box). Inspiration is a beautiful thing for an artist and making this album is living proof that when the fire of creativity strikes, the songwriting process doesn’t have to be painful or a struggle. Once I had the overall vision, the lyrics and music began to just flow through me.

I’ve also buried some hidden treasures in there to help stimulate the minds of those who enjoy a good mental puzzle.

Having The Circle, who are such great people, friends and musicians, has made it one of the easiest and enjoyable times in my life to write, create and record an album.

To Mikey, Jason and Vic: “Thank you for taking this journey with me. We had a blast recording it and I can’t wait to get on stage with you guys and play it for the fans.”

And to the Redheads: “I’ve said it a million times and I will say it again — You are the best fans in the world! It’s amazing how many incarnations of my music and lifestyle you have hung in there for. You’ve showed up to the shows, parties, restaurants & bars and shared the experience with us, and together with other Redheads, like a big family gathering! That is special, and I am forever grateful. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to follow my heart and passions.”

Forever at your service,


Stay Frosty

February 20, 2019 at 10:58 am Quote #60247


May 9, 2019 at 4:33 pm Quote #60511


Happy Release Week!

This Wednesday, May 8th, iHeartRadio ICONS hosts Sammy Hagar and the Circle for a special “Inside The Making of Space Between” live broadcast.

The band will perform new songs and talk about the making of their new project. Fans can listen and tune in free for a stream via iHeartRadio’s official YouTube Channel at 7:00 PM PT (10:00 PM ET).

Stay Frosty

May 15, 2019 at 10:34 am Quote #60523


What does everyone think of Sammy’s new album?

Stay Frosty

May 15, 2019 at 11:22 am Quote #60524


Dave: What does everyone think of Sammy’s new album?

Still waiting for my “free” copy to arrive (included with concert ticket purchase at some venues)

May 15, 2019 at 9:38 pm Quote #60527


From what I have heard – Melodic & Mellow.

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?

May 16, 2019 at 2:17 pm Quote #60528


Honestly…it sounds ok…but nothing really catchy…

No offense to Vic, but the guitars are kinda weak.

Jason sounds good. Mikey is ok.

Sammy sounds a little low.

I liked him more here…


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