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.
Posted on Jan 18, 2012 02:35 pm
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."