Sammy Hagar says Van Halen tried to ‘bury the Van Hagar era’
In a new interview, rock singer Sammy Hagar brought up the idea that his former band Van Halen attempted to “bury” his work with the band, material from his 1985-96 tenure singing for the former band directed by Eddie Van Halen referred to. like the “Van Hagar” era.
In making the claim, the singer nodded to the group’s second reunion with singer David Lee Roth – the one that led to Van Halen’s last three tours launched in 2007, 2012 and 2015. He suggested it was at that time they sought to hide his contributions.
“It seems that ever since Van Halen made the Roth reunion, they really tried to bury the Van Hagar era,” Hagar said. DUKE in the chat that emerged on Wednesday (September 29).
“They wouldn’t remaster it; they wouldn’t allow it to be in the movies,” he added. “They wouldn’t allow it to be licensed for video games and commercials. They’ve pushed it all back since the Roth era because they were doing this reunion” – something Hagar said he “got”.
Still, while the 73-year-old musician known as “Red Rocker” has expressed his consideration for Van Halen’s situation, that doesn’t mean he’s happy with it.
After all, he considers the “Van Hagar” albums to be “such good material,” he said. “All # 1 albums. You know, 50 million records. I don’t care how proud I am of my own stuff, I can’t ignore it. It’s the biggest peak of my career, but I don’t exploit it too much. “
Of course, Hagar can still perform tunes from the “Van Hagar” era live with his current band. And it’s something he does with some frequency, adding Van Halen fan favorites to his concert sets as he goes.
“Every time we play [“Van Hagar”] stuff, the audience goes crazy, ”Hagar explained.“ We added [the 5150 album cut] “Fairly good” for the show; we added ‘Humans Being’ from [the soundtrack to] Tornado. “
He continued, “We recently added some really deep tracks and, man, it doesn’t matter what song you play – it’s not just the hits. They’re not just [the popular 1986 Van Halen single] “Why can’t this be love?” You play ‘Humans Being’, and the place goes crazy. They know every word. So let’s go, Dude, this stuff is gold. He’ll never die, and we won’t let him. “
Hagar and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, who performs with Hagar in his Sammy Hagar & The Circle, recently teamed up to celebrate the “Van Hagar” era on social media with their “Other Half” archive. Both musicians will perform at Hagar’s fall residency in Las Vegas which begins next month. Eddie Van Halen died aged 65 last year; Van Halen then disbanded.
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