Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen Single

The former Van Halen frontman didn't mince his words when it came to giving an opinion on "Tattoo". Meanwhile, he sings the praises of Joe Satriani and his effortless songwriting ability.

Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen Single
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Sammy Hagar didn't mince his words when it came to giving his opinion on the new Van Halen single. Speaking to Cack Blabbath, Hagar said "Tattoo" isn't up to the standards they once held. "I personally don't think that what they have just released, what I have seen and heard, is great at all," Hagar said. "It should be better than it is but hey, it is what it is and at least they got together and at least they came out with something." Hagar recently pointed out that the new single was little more than a rehash of older unused songs. He says Eddie Van Halen isn't as good at songwriting as he is at guitar, before directly comparing him to his Chickenfoot colleague Joe Satriani. "Eddie is a genius guitar player and he can really play and he's got a million things he can lay on you but you've got to try to make a song out of it," he said. "Joe comes with the song, done, all I have to do is write lyrics and figure out what I'm going to sing to it." In addition, the singer shed some light on why he was thrown out of the band in 1996: "I got thrown out because I didn't want to do a Greatest Hits record. I said, why the f--k, we're the biggest band in the world, every album we've done since I've been in the band has been at number 1, we've sold out every arena on the planet, now why would you want to sell them the same old record again and give them two new tracks?" "They wanted to do it at that time for the money, a new manager came in and he thought we could make a whole bunch of money for doing nothing," he said. "We really didn't need to do it and it really caused problems in the band." Meanwhile, Chickenfoot intends to record new music once drummer Chad Smith wraps up current commitments with Red Hot Chili Peppers. It seems Hagar is keen to get back to writing with guitarist Joe Satriani - and not just because he makes songwriting feel easy. "Joe is the only musician I have ever worked with that won't do his guitar solo until he knows what my lyrics are. I asked him why and he said, Well I want to know what you're singing about, and I want to play that,'" he said. "I can't name another guitar player, Eddie Van Halen, anyone that really cared about what the lyrics were for his solo."

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    crazyhorse174
    So I get a -1 for slagging Hagar's Chickenfoot lyrics? Exhibit A: 'And she works hard til 5.30, And once a week she's getting down and dirty, Backstage without a pass, "This Bud's for you" is tattooed on her ass' I rest my case.
    CronoMagus
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: This guy's got an ego the size of a planet... ..especially for a guy that thinks he was abducted by aliens. Also, I bet Joe's ass is wet from Sammy kissing it so much. I mean, shit, there's praising a guy and then there's this.
    It wasn't really THAT bad of an ass kiss. Just pointing out that Satriani writes his solo's as a voice, while Eddie writes his solo's for the "cool" factor.
    scawti
    Tatoo i hear from studio insiders is the weakest track of the album and the song has grown on me already. I think VH punked guys like Hagar releasing Tatoo first.
    Really? This makes no sense. Based on Tattoo, I won't buy the new VH CD. A band always releases a song that is going to attract attention so people want to hear more. While I agree Sammy is quoted basing VH a lot lately... what is he supposed to say "Oh yeah, Tattoo is great. Fans should buy that and not Chickenfoot III?" Blame the media for constantly asking him about VH. Personally, I like orginal DLR VH better than Chickenfoot, but there's about a dozen Chickenfoot songs that I like better than any VH song released after Balance.
    crazyhorse174
    Hagar slagging off anyone's songwriting? Seriously? I couldn't listen to the Chickenfoot album - despite the excellent musical talent on display - because of the corny lyrics.
    BigSpence
    I like his "no greatest hits album" idea. I don't know why any band makes them. It's just a waste of time, when they could just be recording new material.
    King Bluesy
    this is the best Sammy Hagar interview type thing I have ever read. Very respectable because we all know Tattoo is good but not great and he says nothing bad about VH and that he is happy they got back together and are doing this thing. Much respect.
    on3andth3sam3
    BigSpence wrote: I like his "no greatest hits album" idea. I don't know why any band makes them. It's just a waste of time, when they could just be recording new material.
    it's for people who've never heard any of their material before (or only a song or two) and are overwhelmed by their discography. I had no idea where to start with Sabbath, Ozzy, AFI, Dylan, Pearl Jam, RHCP, Zeppelin, or Iggy Pop, and their greatest hits all helped me figure out what albums i wanted to check out.
    PatVanHalen5150
    biglc2002 wrote: David Lee Roth, who is a homosexual by the way! I'm stating a truth not a guess! All you die hard Van Halen fans cheering the good ole days need to know you "fav" lead singer prefers the company of men and has so for quite some time!
    Who gives a shit? So does Rob Halford & he's still the metal god.
    Superperfex
    Read the article guys, and then think for a few seconds before commenting. I have respect for Hagar, for being able to stand up for what he believes in regardless of the outcome.
    Pagan_Poetry
    ^Does it matter what rating you get? I get ratings from +x amount to -x amount all the time. I've had -20 something before for slagging Axl Rose but why does it matter? People agree or disagree with you (in this case, one person disagrees out of the thousands that come on here). It's YOUR opinion for a reason. It's okay to prove a point, but because of a downvote? One downvote, even? Priorities, man.
    jakeslick
    "I cant name another guitar player, Eddie Van Halen, anyone that really cared about what the lyrics were for his solo."
    Jerry Cantrell
    Hambonez
    Sad to say, the new VH single is weak, I expected much more. If this is the lead-off single to the new album, it's not going to be close to what Roth era fans were expecting from a reunion. Now as for Sammy's statements, like him or not, he spoke his mind and it sounds to me like he's more disappointed in the new VH material than anything. Read his book, he's a pretty smart and ambitious guy.
    Pagan_Poetry
    This guy's got an ego the size of a planet... ..especially for a guy that thinks he was abducted by aliens. Also, I bet Joe's ass is wet from Sammy kissing it so much. I mean, shit, there's praising a guy and then there's this.
    boomboom!
    I've lost all respect for Sammy! Someone should let him know he's alien-ating his VH fan base. Sam recorded song's on his last solo album that were written and already recorded for Planet Us!Hypocrite! He's pissed off because the official Bigfoot video only has 200,000 views in 5 months! Tattoo has over 2,000,000 views in only a week!! Satch do yourself a favor and get out now you'll never be anything more to Sammy than just a rebound!! We ALL know who Sam's true LOVE IS!! Edward Van Halen!!!!!
    vikkyvik
    js81221 wrote: This is quite enlightening. You show the readers of UG Van Halen's new song. And watch them eat Van Halen alive for it. Then show an ex-singer's opinion. Then watch as all those people say, "Wait wait wait, hold up. No one talks shit about Van Halen, except me." It's like a second guessing army.
    That is EXACTLY what I expected before even reading any of the comments here. It's like when you read Metallica articles - "OMG they need to make Ride the Lightning II" and then "OMG they ripped off Fade to Black!!!" Can't have it both ways....
    AcdcTXfan
    I don't hate Tattoo but I was definitely expecting better considering how long we had to wait.
    G-money!$
    biglc2002 wrote: David Lee Roth, who is a homosexual by the way! I'm stating a truth not a guess! All you die hard Van Halen fans cheering the good ole days need to know you "fav" lead singer prefers the company of men and has so for quite some time!
    You gonna trash father Dio and Rob Halford too, *****?
    DekeRivers
    Superperfex wrote: Read the article guys, and then think for a few seconds before commenting. I have respect for Hagar, for being able to stand up for what he believes in regardless of the outcome.
    rmunroe
    The way Hagar was removed from VH was shady at best. The way Anthony was removed from VH was wrong at best. That said: I've been waiting since 19-freakin-85 for this moment and past wishing that Anthony was part of things, I for one do not care when VH recorded the framework for this project. Its VH material, it's "new" VH, and it's VH w/DLR! - So here's hoping that what's to follow has been worth the wait!
    PatVanHalen5150
    All honesty, I like the majority of the Sammy era VH material, but over the past 2 years, he's become such a goddamn crybaby. Yes Sam, we know the record contains old demo material. So f**king what?!? It's good music. Everyone that's heard the album (Pete Thorn, Mark Tremonti, John 5, etc.) has said that this is the heaviest stuff they've done since Fair Warning. Can't wait til Feb 7th when this comes out & shuts Sam the f**k up.
    Pagan_Poetry
    CronoMagus wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: This guy's got an ego the size of a planet... ..especially for a guy that thinks he was abducted by aliens. Also, I bet Joe's ass is wet from Sammy kissing it so much. I mean, shit, there's praising a guy and then there's this. It wasn't really THAT bad of an ass kiss. Just pointing out that Satriani writes his solo's as a voice, while Eddie writes his solo's for the "cool" factor.
    Yeah but then it's this plus the many other times he's done so.
    Trent Armitage
    RealGuitarHero wrote: Says the jealous ex.
    Idk, I kind of like Chickenfoot better than this new Van Halen..
    1984redux
    Hagar also timed the release of his garbage single with Tatoo. Tatoo i hear from studio insiders is the weakest track of the album and the song has grown on me already. I think VH punked guys like Hagar releasing Tatoo first.
    DekeRivers
    It is definitely not true, but so what if it was. David Lee Roth is still the best Van Halen frontman ever had. Sammy Hagar is a low class piece of "Chickencrap" just like his band!
    js81221
    This is quite enlightening. You show the readers of UG Van Halen's new song. And watch them eat Van Halen alive for it. Then show an ex-singer's opinion. Then watch as all those people say, "Wait wait wait, hold up. No one talks shit about Van Halen, except me." It's like a second guessing army.
    DekeRivers
    Sammy Hagar continues to be the EX psycho girlfriend to Van Halen. He tries to act all happy with his new boyfriend Chickencrap but inside is still angry cuz they dumped him and all he can do is trash him. Sammy is a low class piece of crap!
    MayhemEA
    Sammy Hagar as been jealous and kinda hateful about Van Halen ever since his departure. Honestly, I wish he would grow up and stop being a child about it.
    maleathe
    Nothing Van Halen has done has come close to matching the freshness, and excitement of their very first album. Right now, neither David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar can sing like they used to, and Satriani hasn't excited me since "Surfing with the Alien". Maybe I'm jaded, but after decade of hair-metal Van Halen wannabe groups, Van Halen and Chickenfoot seem pretty boring. Did good (musical) rock music peak in the late 70's?
    Way Cool JR.
    I never liked any music from Sammy Hagar and was disappointed when Dave left V-H and Sammy joined. IMO he was more of a disappointment in V-H as a whole than the one song "Tattoo". I am glad Dave is back and I am looking forward to the new album release. Sammy can stick with Joe and make their own (unimpressive) stuff.
    DekeRivers
    biglc2002 wrote: David Lee Roth, who is a homosexual by the way! I'm stating a truth not a guess! All you die hard Van Halen fans cheering the good ole days need to know you "fav" lead singer prefers the company of men and has so for quite some time!
    CaptJMH
    IM SICK AND TIRED TO READING ANYTHING FROM THAT IDIOT SAMMY HAGAR GO AWY CHICKEN FOOT,YOU ARE NOT AND NEVER WILL BE A PART OF THE MIGHTY VAN HALEN AGAIN.I ABSOLUTLY LOVE TATOO,IT JUST TAKES A FEW TIMES FOR IT TO GROW ON YOU.CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBIM AND TOUR WITH DLR!!!
    biglc2002
    David Lee Roth, who is a homosexual by the way! I'm stating a truth not a guess! All you die hard Van Halen fans cheering the good ole days need to know you "fav" lead singer prefers the company of men and has so for quite some time!
    CronoMagus
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: CronoMagus wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: This guy's got an ego the size of a planet... ..especially for a guy that thinks he was abducted by aliens. Also, I bet Joe's ass is wet from Sammy kissing it so much. I mean, shit, there's praising a guy and then there's this. It wasn't really THAT bad of an ass kiss. Just pointing out that Satriani writes his solo's as a voice, while Eddie writes his solo's for the "cool" factor. Yeah but then it's this plus the many other times he's done so.
    Good point lol
    Audio-of-Being
    "I personally dont think that what they have just released, what I have seen and heard, is great at all,"
    So he's criticizing Van Halen for being like Hagar era Van Halen? Oh wait....envy and jealousy.... PS: I don't like the song either.
    slaveskinJACKET
    js81221 wrote: This is quite enlightening. You show the readers of UG Van Halen's new song. And watch them eat Van Halen alive for it. Then show an ex-singer's opinion. Then watch as all those people say, "Wait wait wait, hold up. No one talks shit about Van Halen, except me." It's like a second guessing army.
    I think it's more along the lines of: Tattoo sucks, compared to DLR-era Van halen. On its own, it's not that bad, aside from the lyrics and some vocal delivery -- just like all of Sammy Hagar's best material. It's not that someone might not agree with what he's saying (except who really cares when the material was written?), it's just that he has no right to criticize someone for their songwriting, etc. I'm just gonna throw it out there and say that Sammy Hagar has barely written one good song; he's had a couple decent ones, but that's just the laws of probability at work, as many albums as he's released. This is as if Marilyn Manson and Madonna were both to come out criticizing Lady Gaga for her style, her shock-value/costumes, persona, etc. -- not criticizing her for possibly lifting any of their ideas -- simply criticizing her for it, in general, as if it were something they were both not guilty of, themselves.
    DekeRivers
    If this were Spammy's only comment I "might" agree. Fact is Spammy has been trashing David Lee Roth since 1985 and Van Halen since they dumped him. He is a low class piece of "Chickencrap" just like his band!
    deviatefthenorm
    Hagar and his fans are the most jealous people I've ever seen in my life. Tattoo is a very good song. Hagar has been lying for yrs claiming VH sold more records with him (the truth is something very different indeed if you actually do research). The bottom line is Bette Midler, uh I mean Hagar knows that Van Halen's legacy lies with David Lee Roth. And for good reason. The material VH did with DLR is superior to the drivel they released with Hagar at the helm. The other fact of the matter is DLR is a legend and one of the greatest frontmen of all time (he consistentely makes the lists--Hagar never does). It's blantantly obvious this eats away at Hagar (ironic considering he seems to eat everything in sight if you look at him). He knows people will not care about all of the corporate rock keyboard driven love song power ballads he did with VH in the end. It will be the Roth era material that people will always remember. The Midler, I mean Hagar fans can whine and complain all they want. It will never change the facts. Van Halen's legacy lies with David Lee Roth. Everyone knows it. If you don't admit it that makes you a lying punk.
    droederer
    I suppose writing about driving the speed limit has high intelectual qualities
    tedstigers
    This Van Halen soap opera would make a great reality show...put all the current and former members of the band--including Gary Cherone--into a house and lock the doors. Nobody is allowed out until they all kiss and make-up.
    jhs5150
    Sammy just needs to shut the hell up. He dissed Eddie enough in his book to make it sell. I guess there's a few copies out there he wants to get rid of. He's just a jealous bitch. He could take the high road but evidently that's against his nature. This is what Eddie meant by "LSD."
    jhs5150
    Oh yeah, 1 other thing. I think the reason why Chickenfoot's songs are nothing special is because of Sammy's writing. He's horrible. VH's "Right Now" is about as good as it got for him. CF should hire a lyricist and make Sammy sing them - HAHA!