Sammy Hagar Explains Why He Recorded His Last Solo Album With Eddie Van Halen

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Former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar posted a photo that belonged to the music video for ‘Hands and Knees’ to celebrate the 34th anniversary of his ninth studio album ‘I Never Said Goodbye’ on his official Instagram account. He also revealed the reason why he and Eddie Van Halen recorded the album.

As you have already known, Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen when the band’s former frontman David Lee Roth left the band. Eddie Van Halen wanted to recruit Hagar because he admired his talent while he was the vocalist of Montrose. Van Halen produced four very successful albums, such as ‘5150,’ ‘OU812,’ ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,’ and ‘Balance,’ during the time when Hagar was their frontman.

According to his recent Instagram post, Sammy made a deal with his record company to be able to join Van Halen. Apparently, he had to release one last solo record with the record company so that they would allow him to join Van Halen. As a part of the deal, Hagar’s ninth solo studio album ‘I Never Said Goodbye’ was released on June 23, 1987. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for weeks and became one of his most popular works. Eddie Van Halen also joined his future bandmate as the bassist and the back vocalist of his album.

In his recent Instagram post, Sammy remembered the time when he had to release an album which was ‘I Never Said Goodbye,’ and unveiled the reason behind it. He recorded the album to join Van Halen but this obligation became his favorite record. He also celebrated the 34th anniversary of his ninth studio album by posting his photos from one of the album’s tracks ‘Hands and Knees.’

Hagar recalled recording with Eddie in his recent Instagram post:

“Yesterday was the 34th anniversary of ‘I Never Said Goodbye.’ Let’s celebrate with the music video for ‘Hands and Knees.’

This brain-machine was some wacky invention: you could actually lose track of time after a few minutes on this thing. Very psychedelic. I don’t know what happened to it, nor that friggin telephone hahaha.

This was the record I had to make in order for my record company to allow me to join Van Halen. Eddie played bass guitar and coproduced this record with me. It still to this day is one of my favorite solo records I ever made.”

You can see the photos and watch the video of ‘Hands and Knees’ below.

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Photo Credit: Sammy Hagar – Instagram