Sammy Hagar Says Chickenfoot Failed To Mimic Van Halen’s Sound
Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock and said that Eddie Van Halen had a vast musical influence on him. Still, he admitted it has never been easy to incorporate Van Halen‘s sound into his later works.
While enjoying the success of his solo career after his tenure in Montrose, Sammy Hagar found himself as the lead vocalist of Van Halen in 1985. The rocker replaced the band’s original singer David Lee Roth, who left the band due to creative and personal differences with Eddie Van Halen. Later, when the band decided to continue with the former frontman Roth, they parted ways with Hagar.
After Van Halen, Sammy Hagar kept himself busy with other bands like Chickenfoot and the Circle. The singer released two studio albums with Chickenfoot featuring Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Chad Smith. The Circle, on the other hand, consists of Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson. The band has been preparing to release their third studio album, ‘Crazy Times,’ on September 30.
In a new interview, Sammy Hagar discussed Eddie Van Halen’s influence on his subsequent works after Van Halen. The singer believes that Eddie was a special musician who massively influenced his solo efforts. For Hagar, it seems impossible to escape the Van Halen sound, and he is sure that he will always feel its impact throughout his career. So, in every band he formed after Van Halen, Hagar tried to create a unique sound and the perfect vocal harmonies of Van Halen.
However, they failed to fully succeed despite their massive effort for the Circle’s upcoming album, ‘Crazy Times.’ They just came a little close. Then, Hagar added he couldn’t manage it with Chickenfoot either. The rocker admitted that been though they did similar vocalist, it didn’t sound anything like those of Van Halen. Former VH producer Ted Templeman commented on the topic by saying that Eddie Van Halen’s background vocals significantly contributed to the band’s inimitable sound.
Sammy Hagar speaking on Van Halen’s influence on him:
“I tried to get it with Chickenfoot, and we couldn’t get it. We had the same vocals, Mikey and myself. It doesn’t sound anything like Van Halen, those background vocals. We tried. I said, ‘What the f*ck?’ You know, ‘Mike, are you losing your voice or what?’ He goes, ‘I don’t f*ckin’ know!'”
Ted Templeman added:
“Ed’s background parts are part of the sound of Van Halen. A lot of people don’t realize that. They think about him as the guitar hero, but he was part of that youthful sound that came out right away, at the very beginning, even on ‘You Really Got Me.'”
Then, Templeman said elsewhere in the interview that it was unusual for Eddie Van Halen to sing that well as a guitarist, since most guitarists don’t sing well. However, the late musician had a great and youthful voice, which was essential to Van Halen’s sound.