SAMMY HAGAR On New VAN HALEN Album: ‘I’ll Be The First Guy Waiting In Line At The Record Store’

Andy Greene of recently conducted an interview with CHICKENFOOT/ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. We’re hearing that VAN HALEN signed to Interscope this week.

Hagar: What? VH? VAN HALEN? I don’t think . . . How long has it been since they did a record? And that last one doesn’t count. You have to go back to 1995. For them to take that long to make a record, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. If it does, it better be good. Oh man. It actually might be. I’m not dogging them. I don’t understand why they couldn’t do something by now. [Laughs] Though I kind of do understand. This seems legit. I think they actually, for real, signed to Interscope.

Hagar: I thought they signed to Sony. Hmmm . . . Interesting. 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. I’m a real fan friendly guy. The fans aren’t too happy that they threw Michael Anthony out of the band.

Hagar: It didn’t bother me when they threw me out. I’m a solo artist. I can start a new band. But Mike? He’s the most loyal guy, and the best bass player in the world — and the best background singer on the planet. His vocal sound is as much a part of VAN HALEN as anyone’s. When they threw him out, I just thought “WHY? This is so wrong. This is so damned wrong!” Then to go back to Dave [Lee Roth, vocals], FINALLY — but they threw Mike out first. Once again, it’s not a fan-friendly band. Eddie [Van Halen] could have played a solo album with Wolfie [Van Halen]. He could have produced it and gone on tour and played theaters with him. He could have done so many different things. He did not have to make Wolfie the bass player in VAN HALEN.

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