Hey it’s Scott Alan,
It just got real.
Former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar claims that the band is trying to stop him from performing songs that he originally wrote and recorded with the group. Hagar’s new band The Circle, which also features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, plays hits from all eras of Hagar’s career, including the four albums he did with Van Halen during an 11-year run with the band. Hagar said, “Those are great songs, ‘Right Now,’ ‘When It’s Love,’ freakin’ ‘Finish What You Started’ . . . Just keep going down the line, man. It’s, like, these are great songs that need to be played for the people that supported it during the era. And it actually irritates me when those guys try to act like it never happened.”
The current lineup of Van Halen, with original frontman David Lee Roth on vocals, does not perform any material from the Hagar era. Hagar said he’s hired an attorney to “fight these guys to the end,” adding, “Those are my songs. I wrote every lyric and every freakin’ melody on every one of those songs. And for them guys to say that I can’t sing my own songs, oh my God — I’m going crazy.”
The Roth-led Van Halen will begin a 41-date North American tour on July 5th in Auburn, Washington.