Sammy Hagar On Improving His Creativity After Working With Eddie Van Halen

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Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar recently shared a post on his official Instagram account to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his solo album, ‘Marching to Mars.’ According to the singer, after co-writing with Eddie Van Halen for years, writing solo material boosted his creativity.

Sammy Hagar’s tenure with Van Halen started in 1985 after the band’s original singer David Lee Roth quit. The rocker fronted Van Halen between 1985 and 1996 and contributed to the band’s many chart-topping hits and four very successful albums. He eventually departed from Van Halen due to the internal conflicts he experienced with the rest of the band.

The Red Rocker had already stepped into his solo career before starting to work with Van Halen and released eight solo studio albums. His first post-Van Halen solo album, ‘Marching to Mars,‘ arrived on May 20, 1997. The album featured some guest appearances, such as Slash, Huey Lewis, Mickey Hart, and Bootsy Collins. The record was well received and praised for its good songwriting and diverse style.

‘Marching to Mars’ is turning 25 this year, and Sammy Hagar celebrated it with a recent Instagram post. The rocker wrote that this record came after co-writing with Eddie Van Halen for a decade. Thus, he was creative and enthusiastic about writing solo material without sticking to any rules.

He didn’t have a band to play with him, so he invited some of his favorite musicians. It was the most important album of his solo career up to that point. He thinks it is one of his best solo records. Hagar realized how much he missed the solitary creative process and freedom to write his material with this record.

Hagar’s Instagram post read:

“Today ‘Marching to Mars’ turns 25. At the time, I was making this record after ten years in Van Halen, not writing solo material but instead co-writing with Eddie. I was like a volcano erupting with creativity once I decided there were no rules for the type of songs I was going to write for my first completely solo album in nearly a decade.

I didn’t have a band yet, so I called on some of my favorite musician friends and songwriters to come in and play and sing, even co-writing songs like ‘Marching to Mars’ with Mickey Hart. Denny Carmassi, my long-time friend, and drummer for Montrose, Heart, and Whitesnake, played drums on everything but one song. Jesse Harms, my long-time keyboard player, co-wrote a few songs and played keyboards on the record.

Even Ronnie Montrose and Bill Church on ‘Leaving The Warmth of the Womb,’ we had a Montrose reunion. I cared more about this record than any record I had made in my previous solo career. I paid for everything myself so that I wouldn’t have a record label breathing down my neck. I chose Mike Clink to produce it and had Slash, Huey Lewis, and Roy Rogers all on ‘Little White Lie,’ the first single.

I truly believe this is one of the best solo records, maybe the best of my career. So many great memories: having the freedom to create musically and lyrically something I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed, the solo creative process. I’m so proud of this record. It still sounds and holds up musically in my world today. Enjoy and thank you all for the success.”

You can check out the photo he posted below.

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Photo Credit: Sammy Hagar – Instagram