MusicPro (UK) Group News - 18th January 2012

Van Halen's 'Tattoo' Doesn't Impress Sammy Hagar!

David Lee Roth - Van Halen

Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar isn't too impressed by VH's latest release with Dave Lee Roth, the understated, 'Tattoo'.

During an interview with blog site, Cack Blabbath, Sammy said, "I personally don’t think that what they have just released, what I have seen and heard, is great at all. It should be better than it is but hey, it is what it is and at least they got together and at least they came out with something, that’s all I can say, you know. God bless them but I was expecting a lot more."

On working with Joe Satriani in Chickenfoot instead of Eddie Van Halen, Hagar said, "Joe is so organised and Eddie is not. Eddie is a genius guitar player and he can really play and he’s got a million things he can lay on you but you’ve got to try to make a song out of it. Joe comes with the song, done, all I have to do is write lyrics and figure out what I’m going to sing to it. It’s really.. it’s awesome. Joe and I could write great songs for a long time. It was a struggle working with Eddie. It was always hard because he’s so busy and he’s so unorthodox with his playing and his chord changes and his noodling you know, he just noodles all the time and there’s no room to sing.

If you want my honest opinion Eddie should be the instrumentalist and Joe should always have a singer because Joe’s the best musician, the music is so organised, it’s a dream come true for a singer, you know, you write that music, I can sing to that, and I could write great lyrics, and I could do it like that, it’s not work. Eddie should be an instrumentalist, more than Joe!"

"Joe is the only musician I have ever worked with that won’t do his guitar solo until he knows what my lyrics are. I asked him why and he said, ‘Well I want to know what you’re singing about, and I want to play that.’ I can’t name another guitar player, Eddie Van Halen, anyone that really cared about what the lyrics were for his solo."

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