Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot Better Than Van Halen

If you've been following the news articles on UG in the past couple of months, you'll know that ex-Van Halen frontman has been very vocal on his thoughts about the band's recent reunion.

Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot Better Than Van Halen
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If you've been following the news articles on Ultimate Guitar in the past couple of months, you'll know that ex-Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar has been very vocal on his thoughts about the band's recent reunion with original singer David Lee Roth. Now, in a new interview with Radio Metal, Hagar has compared his current act, Chickenfoot to his former band mates. According to him, his current group comes out on top: Radio Metal: Anyway, does that bother you when you hear people comparing Chickenfoot and Van Halen? Hagar: Oh, no, I think it's fantastic. Really, it's fantastic. Are you kidding me? If you takeJoe[Satriani] versusEddie, you takeDave[Lee Roth] versus me,Wolfie[Wolfgang Van Halen] versusMikey [Michael Anthony] ,Chad[Smith] orKenny[Aronoff,Chickenfoot's touring drummer] versus Al[Alex Van Halen] I mean, come on! You know what I mean? Man for man, who can sing the best?Daveor I, today? Who can play the best?JoeorEddie, today? Who could play or sing the best?WolfieorMikey? I think it's a joke. Sure, I love the comparison as long as it's fair. Not because you're a bigEddie Van Halenfan, you think that he's God, therefore you think that he's better thanJoe; you have to be bipartisan and just listen and watch both of them play. Listen, I played with them both, I can tell you right now: there is no comparison today. Never mind the innovator that Eddie was. I'm talking about what they can play today. So in other words, Chickenfoot is way better than Van Halen? As individuals, absolutely! I've been in both bands, I can tell you right now. Take the new albums and compare them track by track and then tell me. Hagar also criticised Van Halen's decision to recycle a number of their original demo tracks for their new record, A Different Kind of Truth: So you think they don't have any inspiration today? I don't think so. I think there's zero inspiration and zero creativity. If there was any, they would write new songs. What does the band do? WhenChickenfootgot together for our first album, we were four new guys and we got together and wrote ten, twelve songs and made an album. When we decided to do our second album, we didn't go back and take the two songs that were left over from the first album, we wrote all brand new songs. Because we're new people, we're inspired. Here's what we have to say, here's what we want to play now, here's who we've become since then.

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    sabres61
    Duane Allman once said the great thing about music is it's not a competition, there's no score...
    L2112Lif
    I'll agree with him on this; Chickenfoot is comprised of superior musicians. That being said, they make shitty music together.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Remember that time he said he was abducted by aliens? He must have been probed way too hard or the aliens left something in him. No one with a sane mind could be this arrogant.
    bubkusjones
    MattKempton wrote: lets see whos still on the radio in 10 years
    There are stations that still play Sinatra, Paul Anka, Elvis, Roy Orbison. There are stations that specialize in the 60's and 70's stuff, there are disco and Soul stations, there are 80's metal stations. Trust me, there will be stations that play both bands 10 years from now. The question is, will their Van Halen quota have any of the new album, or will it be classic Van Halen/Van Hagar, the same as they play now? Like it or not, Sammy has some good points. Each Chickenfoot album is of new material written for those albums, the new VH has at least a few rehashed songs and studio outtakes. Joe Satriani, today, is miles beyond the guitar player (from a technical standpoint and a musical standpoint) than Eddie is. People can't disagree about the Mikey/Wolfie comparison, because that seems to be the biggest complaint about the new Van Halen stuff, it's missing Mikey's background vocals. Sammy Hagar made some good points, and I find it funny the number of you are getting offended over it. It's like you put Van Halen on some sort of pedestal to be worshiped.
    MonsterOfRock
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: God Sam, shut the f**k up. The only thing he says here that holds water is him singing better than Roth. He always had the stronger voice. However... Joe wouldn't have a pot to shit in if it wasn't for Eddie, I guarantee you Wolf can outplay Mike with one arm tied behind his back & Al, while not a technical wizard like Mike Portnoy or someone else of that nature, is one of the most solid drummers ever to sit behind a kit. Lay off the Cabo, Sammy. CF had trouble filling the Bank of America Pavilion when they came to Boston in 2009 (place holds 5,500 people). Van Halen just sold out the Garden in a half hour.
    I'd agree with you on the fact that Hagar should shut up, but its practically retarded to say EVH is a better guitarist than Satch. Satch isn't from the EVH school of thought, Satch is way more old school inspired, and the eccentricities that separates his guitar playing from the rest is completely his original and shares 0 similarities with EVH. Eddie still sticks to his old tricks and hasn't evolved a single bit, whereas Satch sounds different on every album. Lets set 'popularity/influence' aside for a second, and see that Satch is the epitome of modern guitar playing. While I dunno about Wolfgang's playing much, but sure as hell can't do backing vocals like Mikey. No one can. And please, don't call Alex a solid drummer when you're comparing him to the mighty Chad Smith. Look I hate having to compare the bands and I like both and think Hagar should STFU. But man for man, player for player, Chickenfoot is factually better than current VH. Chickenfoot might not sell half as many tickets as the reuniting VH, but they put out a killer live show (watch 'Get Your Buzz On' dvd) and I don't see current VH being a more solid band than they are. Don't like the band? Good for you, but don't diss the players.
    Charley2715
    SaintBento wrote: motorizer wrote: Get over dude grow the **** up, Chickenfoot is just nothing but a group of ''Never-Was'' put together for a last gasp of nothing. 30 years from now Van Halen will still be icons and people will go what the **** is Chickenfoot I'd like to point out most of the group is in the Rock and Roll HOF.
    True, and I would like to point out that the R&R HoF has essentially become a load of bureaucratic BS.
    SaintBento
    motorizer wrote: Get over dude grow the **** up, Chickenfoot is just nothing but a group of ''Never-Was'' put together for a last gasp of nothing. 30 years from now Van Halen will still be icons and people will go what the **** is Chickenfoot
    I'd like to point out most of the group is in the Rock and Roll HOF.
    benjixoath
    motorizer wrote: Baby needs his diaper changed, He`s only crying like the little bitch he is cause he isnt in Van Halen anymore .. Get over dude grow the **** up, Chickenfoot is just nothing but a group of ''Never-Was'' put together for a last gasp of nothing. 30 years from now Van Halen will still be icons and people will go what the **** is Chickenfoot ... You already lose 10 points for having a name as stupid as that ..
    yeaaaaah. because chad smith and joe satriani are REALLY struggling. how many millions is the new chilli peppers record selling?
    ThrashMetal014
    Sounds to me like Sammy's a little upset that the 2012 VH tour is gonna sell more tickets than the Chickenfoot tour
    FootSwitch
    Sammy makes a great point, as individuals chickenfoot camp is much better cept with drumming I'd take Alex over Kenny any day. Still love Van Halen and Chickenfoot, its a shame they cant get along cause Chickenfoot opening for Van Halen would have be awesome, rather then Kool and the gang.
    Eirien
    chrisvasco23 wrote: both bands are good if it werent for van halen where would music be? sure the new stuff isnt what we were expecting.. but sammy is "pulling a portnoy" with it and has been for sometime.
    I hope the phrase 'pulling a Portnoy' sticks.
    stef123
    RGallagherFan wrote: I don't particularly care for either of them *puts on Zeppelin*
    Win.
    chrisvasco23
    both bands are good if it werent for van halen where would music be? sure the new stuff isnt what we were expecting.. but sammy is "pulling a portnoy" with it and has been for sometime.
    Tarsplitter
    MattKempton wrote: lets see whos still on the radio in 10 years
    As individuals, absolutely! Read the article before commenting, yo.
    scawti
    Mike Anthony is the most under-rated bass player on the planet - and Wolfie is quickly becoming the most over-rated. As far as writing, DLR+EVH have written songs way better than anything that Chickenfoot has put out. Most songs written by SH+EVH are way better than anything that Chickenfoot has put out. However,the new VH material isn't nearly as good as Chickenfoot. It seems 'trendy' to think any Van Halen song sung by DLR is better than anything sung by Sammy, so the band puts out mediocre songs knowing it will sell just for DLR singing them.
    VanHalenPanama
    yeah Chickenfoot is full of amazing musicians Satriani is immense Michael Anthony is fantastic Sammy Hagar is old but still good but Van Halen have influenced so many people and Eruption is a guitar masterpiece so Mr Hagar needs to hush
    1201ZJ
    Chickenfoot: Superior musicians. Van Halen: Better songwriting. Just my opinion.
    Trmoen89
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: God Sam, shut the f**k up. The only thing he says here that holds water is him singing better than Roth. He always had the stronger voice. However... Joe wouldn't have a pot to shit in if it wasn't for Eddie, I guarantee you Wolf can outplay Mike with one arm tied behind his back & Al, while not a technical wizard like Mike Portnoy or someone else of that nature, is one of the most solid drummers ever to sit behind a kit. Lay off the Cabo, Sammy. CF had trouble filling the Bank of America Pavilion when they came to Boston in 2009 (place holds 5,500 people). Van Halen just sold out the Garden in a half hour.
    Van Halen also has the name, which makes a big impact, even with many hit-and-miss albums. Joe and Eddie are the same age, so there's no influence there. Wolfie first learned guitar, and a guitarist playing bass for the convenience does not a bass player make.
    TheLifeguard
    I saw Sammy opening for Aerosmith a couple years ago, sounded like absolute garbage live.
    MidniteHaze
    Chickenfoot: Supergroup. Van Halen: Regular friends/garage band. I love chickenfoot, but Van Halen has 30 years up on Chickenfoot.
    Spud Spudly
    Sammy just sounds bitter at this point. There's no need to compare the bands. If one is better than the other then everyone will know without him saying anything. And Duane Allman getting on the motorcycle has to be the worst thing to ever happen to rock and roll.
    DekeRivers
    Spammy Hagar is a delusional piece of "Chickencrap". Hagar is the EX-PSYCHO GIRLFRIEND of Van Halen. Chickencrap is average stuff material at best. You know there are issues when the lead singer of a band spends more time talking about his former band than his current! The other members of Chickencrap should be pissed that he can't quit talking about his FORMER band. The Ex-Psycho Girlfriend "Spammy" would go running back to Van Halen in a second if they asked, which Thank God will NEVER happen! What a low class excuse of a human being!
    RDRUMMER
    Entitled to his opinion... Just not making it that big deal, though. I love Chickenfoot, so if you don't like it, be respectful to these amazing musicians and keep these comments to yourselves. Same goes for Van Halen.
    AxlVanhalen
    Oh and sammy saying joe is better than EVH is another way for sammy to lash out at Van Halen. Sammy knows with out a shadow of a doubt that EVH is lightyears better than joe.
    taytay8b
    Sounds like Sammy's gettin a little nervous about this new Van Halen stuff.
    GMPX
    Oh, he forgot one important comparison, who is going to sell out every show when they tour?
    iTz WiNTeRs
    rockfreak611 wrote: I chickenshit is so much better, then why is a huge chunk of your solo set still filled with van halen tunes? might wanna think before you say something next time, Sammy.
    Because those are the Van Halen songs he wrote?
    motorizer
    Baby needs his diaper changed, He`s only crying like the little bitch he is cause he isnt in Van Halen anymore .. Get over dude grow the **** up, Chickenfoot is just nothing but a group of ''Never-Was'' put together for a last gasp of nothing. 30 years from now Van Halen will still be icons and people will go what the **** is Chickenfoot ... You already lose 10 points for having a name as stupid as that ..
    NJ1018
    Satch is WAY better solo than he is with Chickenfoot. Their music is anything but special to me. When I listen to one of their songs I forget about it the second it is over. The last two days I've been listening to the 90 second previews of VAN HALEN's new album and they all stick in my head. So what if it is all old demos? That's a normal thing to do if a band has been around so long. And it makes absolutely no sense to compare a band man by man. That's so ridiculous I had to laugh. That way Chickenfoot would win over lots of iconic groups, whose music is still faaaaar superior. To me Sammy Hagar has always had the image of a pretentious sellout. (Wow, i am probably stepping on a lot of toes here) He is only seeking attention by saying things like that. I just got even more sick of him after reading this. Satch, Chad and Mike I love. As musicians and as individuals. But Sammy.... ok I'm done.
    guitar7masta
    as arrogant as he sounds, i can't help but completely agree with him. the new van halen just sounds... lame. kind of washed up, bland. there's really only a couple of decent songs worth listening to. when i listened to chickenfoot 3, my first reaction was that i thought it sounded like a GOOD van halen. i hope they all continue with chickenfoot because imo they blow van halen out of the water, no question.
    __Aggie1876__
    Bro, I'm a Van Hagar fan. Been a fan of all things Van Halen since I was in first grade, and I grew up listening to 5150 and Balance (they're still two of my favorite albums.) So understand that I say this as a devoted fan: Shut. The. Fuck. Up. You have "Not over it" written all over you, and it's getting embarrassing. I would pick you over DLR because you were the voice of my childhood. You could make the case that Anthony is better than Wolfie (he has a couple of years on him after all). But comparing Satriani to EVH and Smith to AVH is just ****ing dumb. And I think you know how stupid you sound. Just get over yourself, dude. Get over it.
    Archieisted
    anyone who says eddie is better than joe has some issues with being able to see technical skill on the guitar, Sammy also sings way better from a technical standpoint but meh its all opinion really
    AcdcTXfan
    So far, Chickenfoot III > A Different Kind of Truth. Seriously, "Last Temptation" and "Different Devil" are better than anything I've heard so far on the new VH album.
    RichieJovie
    Pope catholic, bear takes poop in woods. Yes Chickenfoot are better, there is no doubt. They just need a few more albums with classics to be legendary. Van Halen these days are poor tribute to themselves.
    anwclark
    Chickenfoot may have the superior musicians but they'll never be remembered like van halen
    Vans2314
    coming from the guy that completely ruined VH's credibility, for me & countless others...
    Chanceypants13
    Lets ask Van Halen about Chickenfoot. oh wait.. theyre busy selling out huge arenas like they should be because they deserve it. go back to the mothership dude..
    tys gretsch
    chickenfoot is terrible..he is just jelous that we get to see the original lead singer recording with the band (which is amazing) i think eddie alone beats chickenfoot i mean come on.