SAMMY HAGAR HAPPY TO HAVE INHERITED 'VAN HAGAR' MATERIAL

March 26, 2019
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Sammy Hagar posted a video on his official RedRocker.com website saluting Van Halen's 5150 album -- which was released on March 24th, 1986. Ultimate Classic Rock transcribed Hagar's thoughts on the set, which marked the first of five albums Hagar recorded with the band. Hagar talked about the classic material featured on 5150, saying, "Playing the 'Van Hagar'-era now with another band like the Circle, it seems like, no matter what song we play, it’s a hit as soon as you kick it off. . . 'Best Of Both Worlds’' was never a single, (but) the audience is singing it like it was a Number One hit. They don’t sing any more with the Number One (sic) hit 'Why Can’t This Be Love' -- it’s like they’re all hits. It’s awesome."

Hagar went on to say, "Standing onstage with the Circle, or anyone, singing those songs, I really feel the magic of the moment when we wrote those songs. It’s really, really good stuff. Someone’s got to play it, and I’m happy to. It seems like I’ve inherited the 'Van Hagar'-era, Mikey (Anthony) and I, so we’ll serve it."

FAST FACTS

Van Halen's seventh album, 5150, marked the band's first release with the band's second frontman, Sammy Hagar.

The album was recorded at Eddie Van Halen's 5150 recording studio in Los Angeles between November 1985 and February 1986.

5150 was released on March 24th, 1986 with production duties being shared by Mick Jones, Donn Landee, Eddie Van Halen, and Van Halen.

5150 hit Number One on April 26th, 1986 and held on to the top spot for three weeks.

The album featured three singles -- "Dreams" (#22); "Love Walks In" (#22); and "Why Can't This Be Love" (#3).

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