Sammy Hagar

Thu
29
Jun

30 Years Ago Newly Installed Van Halen Singer Delivers Solo # 1, SAMMY HAGAR Moonlights To Satisfy Record Label

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - JUNE 29, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands salutes Sammy Hagar on the 35th anniversary of Three Lock Box and the 30th anniversary of his knockout solo album I Never Said Goodbye.
 
After years of struggle as the downcard rock palooka who could take a punch and never go down, Sammy Hagar answered the bell in the Eighties and came out swinging. In 1982 Hagar scored a technical knockout with his first mainstream hit “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” from his seventh solo album Three Lock Box. By 1987, coming off the hugely successful VOA album with the highway anthem “I Can’t Drive 55”, the newly installed Van Halen lead singer would score his highest charting solo album ever I Never Said Goodbye with the powerful # 1 rock ballad “Give to Live”.  Hagar shares with IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard how he managed to satisfy his solo artist commitments while joining the biggest band in the land.
 
“Everybody remembers the I Never Said Goodbye album that I made with Eddie (Van Halen) playing bass, right after 5150. Royalties off Van Halen records went to Geffen. I sold 5 million records for the guy (David Geffen) on three records. He wasn’t about to let one of his biggest artists just go - not anyone wouldd do that.”  - Sammy Hagar
The SAMMY HAGAR I Never Said Goodbye @ 30/ IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard  interview program is available to STREAM at:  “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/sammy-hagar-never-said-goodbye/
 
Tue
15
Dec

'Rock & Roll Road Trip with SAMMY HAGAR' Coming This January

 
The Red Rocker Takes Viewers On An Intimate and Unforgettable Journey Celebrating All Things Rock N’ Roll With Tommy LeeBob WeirMickey Hart,Alice CooperJerry Cantrell, Nancy Wilson, The Circle, and more! Tune in starting Sunday, January 24 at 9|8c only on AXS TVFind AXS TV Here: http://bit.ly/WtTUDr and stay up to date on Sammy at http://www.redrocker.com/
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Tue
09
Jun

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE - At Your Service (Review)

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89%
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Sammy Hagar & Vic Johnson
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
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89
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Mailboat
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2015
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As soon as this was announced we all knew they’d be comparisons. The timing of this release alongside the David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen release was ideal for hungry keyboard warriors across the globe to reignite the Dave vs Sammy argument for the 433rd time. But it is what it is, and because I’ve just reviewed the live VH album (better than expected) it’s fresh on my mind as to what it was missing there.
 
Hagar fans are going to love this. Van Hagar fans are going to love this. Dave Lee Roth/classic VH fans won’t – because it’s better than the Van Halen Live In Japan record. Ok, ok, I know it’s all down to personal taste, but I say that mainly because Sammy Hagar has a far superior vocal range and quality compared to David (no disrespect there, it just is) and Hagar also has the ability to draw upon 40 years of music, whereas Van Halen are boxed in to tackle tunes from just 79-84 and a few new cuts from 2012.
 
The band is shit hot – Vic does a great Eddie (but no one is better than EVH) and also gets to groove on licks written by Ronnie Montrose (when Hagar digs back to his origins with Montrose’s Rock Candy) and Jimmy Page (thanks to the inclusion of the nuclear Jason Bonham on drums).
The Zeppelin covers are handled with respect and authenticity, much like the Van Hagar catalogue.
Then there’s Mr Nice Guy Michael Anthony and his essential backing vocals and bass thumping.
Of the two eras, Whole Lotta Love, When The Levee Breaks and the iconic Rock N Roll are the highlights from the Led Zeppelin catalogue; while from the Van Halen list, its Poundcake, Why Can’t This Be Love and Right Now that impress most.
Throw is some Hagar solo classics like One Way To Rock, Little White Lie, Heavy Metal and of course I Can’t Drive 55 and you get a fantastic collection of infamous rock n roll brilliance.
 
The recording quality is probably above that of the Van Halen, the power in the mix is deafening at high volume and Hagar just sounds amazing.
And the acoustic Dreams that closes the album is far superior to that of the recently released Hagar/Johnson acoustic album.
If only there could be some new, truly great Hagar/Eddie Van Halen music, you know, something to wash down the taste left from the unfortunate Best Of Both Worlds compilation.
 
 
Mon
16
Mar

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE At Your Service May 19

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE (that is, Sammy with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will release a live album At Your Service on May 19.
 
Sammy's website has this update: "Hey Redheads, The Circle live has landed! I can't tell you how excited I am to share this live release from last year's tour with everyone. It's been my favorite setlist to play, covering Montrose, Solo Redrocker, Van Halen, Led Zepplin, & Chickenfoot AND it's live as mutha!!"
 
Official track listing:
 
01 There's Only One Way To Rock  5:45
02 Rock Candy  5:54
03 Good Times Bad Times  3:26
04 Poundcake  5:57
05 I Can't Drive 55  5:08
06 Mikey Bass Solo  3:31
07 When It's Love  5:39
08 Little White Lie  4:17
09 When The Levee Breaks  8:18
10 Jason Drum Solo / Moby Dick  6:31
11 Why Can't This Be Love  4:10
12 Finish What Ya Started  4:52
13 Heavy Metal  4:39
14 Vic Guitar Solo  1:24
15 Best of Both Worlds  7:03
16 Right Now  6:10
17 Rock and Roll  3:26
18 Dreams  5:08
 
 
Tue
25
Nov

SAMMY HAGAR - Lite Roast (Review)

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Sammy Hagar & Vic Johnson
Running Time: 
39
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
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Acoustic
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33
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Independent
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Sammy Hagar remains one of my favourite songwriters and vocalists, but he is really beginning to test my patience with his solo releases.
The Jimmy Buffet of rock has followed up a dreadful duets album, which itself was preceded by an atrocious bits-and-pieces release Cosmic Universal Fashion, with a fully acoustic ‘best of’ featuring some solo tunes and some reworked Van Hagar cuts.
As was the case with the last two albums, I’m again not sure who this is aimed at. Die-hards only I would suggest, as the production and performance within seems pretty rushed.
 
 
Some of the tracks translate to acoustic very well and have a semblance of quality to them – such as Finish What Ya Started and Eagles Fly.
Other tracks just grate on my ears – Red Voodoo, One Sip; and Sailin’ and Halfway To Memphis are just too hokey in this setting and Van Halen’s Dreams just sounds horrible.
 
I have nothing but praise for Sammy in Van Halen, Chickenfoot and his earlier solo material. But post 2000 his efforts have been very hit and miss.
 

This is obviously a quickly assembled, quickly produced fill-in release, but it marks another miss for the Red (used to be a…) Rocker.
 
Thu
20
Nov

SAMMY HAGAR Immortalized As Part Of "The Simpsons"

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Just added to Sammy Hagar's website comes the news of the Red Rocker joining The Simpsons this Sunday.
 
"Sammy Hagar is going to have an appearance on THE SIMPSONS on Fox, Sunday, November 23rd at 8/7 CT. He will guest star in the upcoming season 26 episode "Covercraft".
 
This is the first time that Sammy will be providing his voice to his character on The Simpsons, but not the first time his likeness as a character has been featured on the show. Back in 2000 (Simpsons Season 11) Sammy was seen in the crowd at a pseudo-VH1 award show next to Wille Nelson.
 
Back in August, Matt Selman reached out to Sammy on Twitter saying, "Dear @sammyhagar, if you are out there, thank you for your hard driving rock songs! Best, your pals at the Simpsons #EverySimpsonsEver". Sammy responded saying, "Ya man! I'm here, ROCK ON! @mattselman".
 
We are looking forward to seeing the episode as whole come to life and to watch Sammy rock out in cartoon form. Be sure to catch it on Fox at 8pm on November 23rd."
 
Fri
31
Oct

SAMMY HAGAR Talks To RollingStone About Van Halen, Chickenfoot & Circle

 
SAMMY HAGAR has given an new interview to RollingStone, who posted the interview overnight.
The star vocalist touches on his new live band line-up, dubbed “Circle” as well as Chickenfoot and Van Halen.
 
Highlights include:
 
His new live lineup Circle: “As far as I'm concerned, that's my new house band. It's me, Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson. We call ourselves the Circle because this band has kinda taken me full circle in my career. I can play from every era, from Montrose to Van Halen to solo, Chickenfoot and some Led Zeppelin. In Chickenfoot, we didn't play songs by the Chili Peppers or Van Halen, but the Circle plays my whole world and everyone else's world that's in the band. It's been really special so far.”
 
New music with Chickenfoot: “Joe [Satriani] is my favorite writer to work with since Eddie [Van Halen.] I'd rather write a record with him than anyone else, but I don't see any reason to make a new record. Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs…It starts to feel like, "Hmmmm. Is this pay for play?"
I mean, I love making music. But doing it on Chickenfoot's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records. It's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning.”
 
Van Halen: “I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me.
That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again. I'm too happy as a human being to be that miserable ever again. I was miserable for the last 40 shows. The first 40 shows I was thinking, "Well, maybe Eddie will straighten out" or "Maybe this can come together." But that didn't happen, and by the last 40 I was miserable. I would, however, be in the original band that we started. That was a love fest full of creativity.”
 
The 2004 Van Halen Reunion: “I made it through a reunion tour that was just about the most dysfunctional thing I've ever done in my adult life, times 10. But I made it through. There's something funny about a concert. They can work for dysfunctional bands. You can get into a fistfight backstage. You can get into a fistfight the night before. You can be trashed, lying on the ground, feeling like you're dying. But when you drag your ass on the stage and 15,000 people are screaming with their hands in the air, you get revitalized. Then you look at the guy next to you, the guy whose neck you want to break, and you think, "This is good. I can tolerate this." When the show is over, you go back to fighting. And then there's the money. But, look, a lot of bands are in that situation.”
 
 
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