SAMMY HAGAR Says VAN HALEN's '5150' Album Made Band's Audience…

TopicsAll ForumsGeneralThe Corner PubSAMMY HAGAR Says VAN HALEN's '5150' Album Made Band's Audience…

This topic has 2 voices, contains 1 reply, and was last updated by  frankm 264 days ago.

May 28, 2019 at 11:10 pm Quote #60577


SAMMY HAGAR Says VAN HALEN’s ’5150′ Album Made Band’s Audience ‘A Little Bigger And A Little More Mainstream’
May 28, 2019

In the latest issue of Rock Candy magazine, frontman Sammy Hagar revisits the making of his first album with VAN HALEN, 1986′s “5150″, and explains how it elevated the band to a whole new level of popularity.

“I was very confident in myself,” Hagar explains to Rock Candy writer Paul Elliott when discussing his arrival in VAN HALEN back in 1985 as replacement for departed vocalist David Lee Roth. “Eddie Van Halen would say, ‘Can you hit this note?’ I’d hit it and everybody would go, ‘Wow!’ What I did was inspire Eddie to go, ‘Oh, I can do this and I can do that. I’ve got this musical idea that I would never show Roth. But with Sammy, I can play it.’”

Hagar believes that the chemistry between himself and Eddie created “a more sophisticated style of music and songwriting. Before that it was all rock ‘n’ roll, great party songs. They were writing songs — and me too — about sex, but on ’5150′, they became love songs. And that brought a real female following to VAN HALEN that they didn’t have before. They had groupies, metal chicks, but they didn’t have couples, they didn’t have girls who were wholesome all-American girls. So these songs, ‘Love Walks In’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, made our audience a little bigger and a little more mainstream.”

Of course, the “5150″ album proved to be a major smash for VAN HALEN, making it to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart and eventually going six times platinum. And questions over whether Hagar could replace the magnetic Roth were immediately put to bed.

“The fans bought into our trip,” says Hagar. “We were so lucky to have the success that we had and we just rode that wave.”

Read the whole of this revealing article, and many more fascinating features, in issue 14 of Rock Candy, available in shops worldwide or direct from us online at this location.

May 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm Quote #60579


I believe an argument can be made that the success of 1984 gave 5150 the springboard to become bigger than it would have been otherwise. I think 5150 is a great album with songs like “5150″ and Dreams and so forth but it came off another great album. My friends and I were just in high school and weren’t able to see Van Halen on their 1984 tour, the 5150 tour was our first opportunity. Also my brother had bought 1984, 5150 was my first Van Halen album and I wouldn’t have bought it without my brother playing Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984. 5150 was 5150 because of 1984.


You must be logged in to reply to this topic.