Sammy Hagar Says New Van Halen Is Old Van Halen

It's the usual kind of quiet in the Van Halen camp these days, as the band works behind the scenes to get things in order for the upcoming release.

Sammy Hagar Says New Van Halen Is Old Van Halen
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It's the usual kind of quiet in the Van Halen camp these days, as the band works behind the scenes to get things in order for the upcoming release of their first new record with David Lee Roth since 1984 the year and the album. Last week, VH released a photo of themselves with the senior management team at Interscope Records, to which they've reportedly been signed, although that has yet to be "officially" announced. One guy who is doing a lot of talking about VH these days is Sammy Hagar, who continues to field media questions about his former band. The challenge for fans and the media is to understand that Hagar admits his information is out of date: he hasn't spoken with the brothers in years and anything else he's getting seems second-hand, at best. In a new session with Rolling Stone, Hagar takes shots at VH with info he says is five years old. "I heard this record is old outtakes from the old days. I mean, stuff from before I even joined the band," says Sammy. "I heard this five years ago, though. Michael Anthony was curious if his background vocals would wind up on the album. I don't think it's a bad idea. It's kind of interesting. Bob Seger did it, and so did the Rolling Stones. I think it's an interesting thing to do in your old age if you can't come up with fresh, good stuff or you can't get along. Because from what I heard, they aren't working with new material. Ed and Dave didn't actually write new songs. They took old stuff from previous sessions, and then maybe Dave had to go in and add vocals because they just had scat vocals, or even no vocal part at all." While insisting he's not "dogging them," Hagar says "I'll be the first guy waiting in line at the record store, if I could find one anymore. I'll be really curious. I think they owe the fans that. I would love to see them make a great record. They have some of the most loyal fans in rock, and they've been treated so, so bad these last 20 years." Read more of Sammy's comments at Rolling Stone here. Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

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    Muck27
    codyjt5150 wrote: I will buy that shit on the first day, their Gene Simmons demos were ****in badass. hopefully they do put Mikes backing vocal dubs on it or else it will be kinda ****ed up.
    Unless mike goes all 'axl' on them... canning mike for wolfie was beyond stupid IMO.. it really doesnt matter if wolfie is the greatest or worst bass player on the planet, booting mike for a kid in a band thats twice as old as he is just seems silly.
    IWasMaiden93
    I don't like Van Hagar much (Like, at all...) but Samy's a cool guy it sounds like in everything I read and see from him. And we sure as hell are the best fans in rock... We know Edward has the live 81 tapes, he's taken back all those music videos from YouTube, he won't release the reunion tour footage (We've already seen it? I wasn't a Van Halen fan then)... I love Eddie and co (I built a Frankenstrat in tribute of my fellow Dutchman) but he's not the best in giving the fans what they want... Unless it's Fair Warning session that didn't make the record... That's definitely what we want
    GenerationKILL
    Poor Sammy Hagar, everyone is more interested in his old band, playing with their old singer, using old songs... Nobody even cares about his band, Chickenfoot... ...which sucks.
    AcdcTXfan
    I like Sammy. He's cool and everything. But I wish he'd leave Van Halen alone. It seems like he blasts Van Halen every chance he gets. Besides I'd rather hear old-school Van Halen anyway.
    cilli
    AcdcTXfan wrote: I like Sammy. He's cool and everything. But I wish he'd leave Van Halen alone. It seems like he blasts Van Halen every chance he gets. Besides I'd rather hear old-school Van Halen anyway.
    I agree, he is a pretty cool dude... just being in VH ruined VH. lol BUT he's not always bashing VH... what's happening is he's constantly being interviewed by countless people and whenever a little blurb on VH comes up it gets published... I bet the rest of this interview was about his future, chickenfoot, just being ALIVE, the fact that he cant drive 55 (see what i did there? lol...) Rock On!
    codyjt5150
    I will buy that shit on the first day, their Gene Simmons demos were ****in badass. hopefully they do put Mikes backing vocal dubs on it or else it will be kinda ****ed up.
    thcpstr91
    Yes, his info is old. But he's right. Even if their stuff is old clippings it would be awesome to hear some good re-worked stuff from a legendary band...we've been treated like s**t: it's as if VH couldn't give a stuff for the fans...
    5hawnofthedead
    I doubt he's dwelling on Van Halen, I imagine that in light of the fact that they have this new record deal pending, the interviewer took it upon himself to ask Sammy about it. If he was bashing them or obsessing over them, I'm sure he'd have more info than some information he maybe heard about 5 years ago.