Sammy Hagar On Unreleased Van Halen Song “Between Us Two”: “That’s Gonna Be A Treasure”

During an interview with Kyle Meredith, Sammy Hagar discussed an unreleased Van Halen song titled “Between Us Two.” The track was originally written for the 1996 film “Twister” and the singer says it’s “gonna be a treasure.”

Hagar said the following:

“Everyone keeps asking me if there’s any old songs that never got released, and I always say, ‘Not really. There was a couple.’ But I didn’t remember — two or three. ‘Between Us Two’, that’s a midtempo ballad. That’s like a ‘Be Still’ kind of a song, from my new album [‘Crazy Times’]. If somebody said, ‘How was it?’ It was more like a ‘Be Still’. It was kind of almost country — not country, but… I don’t know. It was kind of like [Van Halen’s] ‘Can’t Stop Lovin’ You’, [but] not as uptempo.”

He also added:

“We’ve got it. It’s done. It’s in the archives. They’ll find it. They’re looking through the archives right now to try to remaster some of the old stuff from my era [with Van Halen]. And they’ll find it. That’s gonna be a treasure.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Van Halen’s David Lee Roth Shares Studio Live Version Of “You Really Got Me”

Van Halen’s David Lee Roth has released a new solo cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.” The frontman recorded the track live at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler, and drummer Francis Valentino.

Joe Satriani Says Wolfgang Van Halen Should Play Guitar At Hypothetical Van Halen Tribute Concert

It was previously revealed that Joe Satriani was being considered for a possible Van Halen tribute concert, but the guitarist has now casted doubt on the idea. The musician says if anyone were to play the late Eddie Van Halen’s parts, it should be his son Wolfgang Van Halen.

Satriani told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“When I saw Wolfgang playing at the Taylor Hawkins benefit, I thought it was the most natural, beautiful thing I’d seen in a long time. It was such a wonderful thing to see him play his dad’s music like that, and he’s such an incredible musician. I thought, ‘Well, if the thing is ever gonna happen, he should do it.’ It just seemed more natural than reaching out to somebody like me.

So, the world should just wait for him to make up his mind how he wants to do it, and we should leave him alone, let him figure out the best time and place for it. Whatever he comes up with will be the best way to do it, I think.”

He also discussed the initial call he received from Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth:

“I jokingly told them on that first phone call that if I had half a brain I’d hang up right away and not accept such a crazy offer, ’cause nobody can replace Eddie, and whoever tries to do it is gonna get a whole lot of negativity from the world of social media. But I heard myself saying ‘yes’ before my better judgment kicked in, because I am such a fan of Eddie and his work, and I thought, ‘Wow, it would be such a great labor of love to dive into that and try to understand the essence what he was doing for each song.'”

He added:

“I can kind of figure out the fingers, but there’s some things that are too quirky that he does that I can’t figure out how to do. Getting inside the music is really what you need to do when you go to play it, to capture the spirit of it and learn what not to play when you’re playing each song. I would really enjoy that.”

Wolfgang Van Halen Says The Van Halen Camp Is Too “Dysfunctional” To Organize A Tribute Concert

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Wolfgang Van Halen discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute show once again. According to him, the band’s camp is too “dysfunctional” to plan anything.

Wolfgang said the following about a possible tribute:

“I think I already did it with the Taylor Hawkins tributes. I feel a lot of closure because my part of the show was a tribute to my father.

When it comes to Van Halen and entities surrounding the band it’s unfortunate, certainly compared to Foo Fighters who have their shit together with interpersonal relationships.

I don’t know what it is with some bands but certain personalities just can’t get over themselves to work collectively for one purpose. That’s been the curse of Van Halen for its entire career. So my playing at the Taylor shows delivered that catharsis without the stresses of dealing with the Van Halen camp, and the players involved. Their camp is very dysfunctional — everyone! Hell, it was difficult to make plans even when the band was active.”

He also added the following when asked about recent comments from Sammy Hagar, who said he would “love to play those songs again”:

“He said that, but he also said he wouldn’t. Sammy said two different things. No… I feel that I’ve said my piece, and if the Taylor concerts are all that happens then I’m happy with that.”

Sammy Hagar Further Discusses Hypothetical Van Halen Tribute Concert

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar further discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute concert. The singer says he “would definitely love to play with Alex [Van Halen] and Mike [Anthony] with a great guitar player that doesn’t try to just mimic Eddie [Van Halen] perfectly.”

Hagar said the following when asked if Joe Satriani told him when he was approached about a hypothetical tribute:

“No, because the Van Halen camp is 100% secrecy. I bet when he walked through the door, they made him sign something, and I’m dead serious. Alex is a very, very secretive guy. I don’t know how he can keep his lips so sealed. I could probably say something horrible about him right now and he wouldn’t even respond. Don’t take that the wrong way. I have nothing bad to say about him. I’m just talking about how stubborn he is. He does not budge. But Joe told me about it later, after it happened. I knew there was talk of it because Irving Azoff had called me. He said, ‘I want to do a residency in Vegas with you and Mike and Al and a superstar guitar player.’ And I said ‘Like who?’ And he said, ‘Like Joe Satriani.’ I said, ‘It just sounds like Chickenfoot with Alex Van Halen instead of Chad Smith.’ I wasn’t much for that, as much as I love Joe. He could do that job best, without a doubt, because he’s so friggin’ anal about the way he plays, and every single note. I said to Irving, ‘I’m going to call Joe.’ When I did, he told me what happened. And I said, ‘Jason Newsted? What the fuck is going on here, man? Whose idea is this? This must be a Dave [Lee Roth] idea.’ And Irving said it was a Dave idea.

Why would he want anyone but Mike? It’s probably because he knows that Mike and I are so close. I would imagine if they would’ve called Mike, Mike would’ve said, ‘Yes, I’ll do it with Sam.’ Because without Ed, there is no Van Halen to start with. So now, you’re going to go out and just play the early songs, and not play the second era? That would be the biggest failure Van Halen ever had if they call themselves ‘Van Halen’ if they didn’t have Mikey. If it’s just Alex with other guys, that’s like what Jason Bonham does with Led Zeppelin. There’s a million bands out there doing that. It would be totally nuts. Also, I’d prefer that nobody attempts to replace Eddie Van Halen. I think that’s blasphemy and should be illegal.

Anyway, I think that Irving boohooed it, and Dave went around him and did it anyway. I’m surprised that Alex went that far, but Alex might have just been his methodical self and said, ‘Well, let’s see what this is like. Let’s see how it feels.'”

He continued when asked if he would do a Las Vegas residency or some kind of tour with Alex and Mike:

“Not a tour, no. I wouldn’t leave what I’m doing for that. I would make myself available to have a rehearsal and see which guitar player would work the best. I’m telling you, Joe would be the best. But like I said, then it’s just kind of Chickenfoot with Alex, which there’s a problem there. And I think that’s probably what they were thinking when they tried to get a different bass player, but that’s stupid, too.

I would definitely love to play with Alex and Mike with a great guitar player that doesn’t try to just mimic Eddie perfectly. There’s so many great guitar players. There’s Steve Vai. There’s frigging John 5, who is a great guitar player.”

He went on to say that he would consider a one-off event:

“I’m thinking of one-off weekend or something where we give the money away to some cause. It can’t just be, ‘Hey, we’re going to grab some money.’ I got plenty of money. There’s nothing that I would do for money that I just wasn’t in love with the idea of doing. And I’m not in love with the idea of being Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen. Matter of fact, I’m dead against it. But I would love to play music with Alex and Mike again. I would love to play those songs again. And if we did a residency or a tribute, I would sing 50/50. I would sing half the Dave songs too for the VAN HALEN fans. And those songs are great. I don’t mind singing some of them. The lyrics don’t fit in my life today, but neither does ‘Rock Candy’ or ‘Bad Motor Scooter’.

But I just think it’s crazy to do anything that’s called Van Halen without Eddie. I would love it if Dave wanted to do a tribute where he’d sing ten of his songs, and then I’d come out and do ten of mine. That would be great with Alex and Mike and maybe a bunch of different guitar players. Look at what Dave [Grohl] just did for Taylor [Hawkins]. That’s one of the greatest events in rock history. That’s right up there with the early Farm Aids, and right up there with Live Aid. That was a great event, and that could be done for Ed with everybody playing.”

Hagar also added the following when asked if he has spoken to Eddie’s son Wolfgang:

“Yes, but not a ton. I really gave him a lot of love when he made his first record, and he gave me some back. It was very cordial, not like, ‘Hey, let’s get together’ and stuff like that. I mean, Wolfie blows my mind. Look what he did over in London for that Taylor thing. When he played Eddie’s stuff, man, that was fuckin’ really good. He just keeps impressing me with his talent. That song ‘Distance’ is so soulful. I had no idea he could sing like that. He’s really got his pop’s talent. It’s kind of like Jason and John Bonham. I mean, Jason’s just like his dad, man. He plays fuckin’ that good. And I think Wolfie, maybe not as innovative because nobody is, but yes, he’s definitely doing it right. I praise him for not trying to be Eddie.

But now, I’ll make a statement. If there was ever a situation where there was a Van Halen tribute in some kind of way with Alex, Mike, myself, Dave, if he would cooperate, and Wolfie playing Eddie’s parts, now that would be worthy of calling ‘Van Halen,’ for a moment. Wolfie would be crazy to drop his life and his creativity and his career to be his dad’s mimic. But for a moment, it could be great.”

David Lee Roth Shares New Solo Version Of Van Halen’s “Dance The Night Away”

David Lee Roth has released a new solo version of Van Halen’s “Dance The Night Away.” The frontman recorded the track live at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler, and drummer Francis Valentino.

David Lee Roth Shares New Solo Version Of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”

David Lee Roth has released a new solo version of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” The frontman recorded the track at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler, and drummer Francis Valentino.

Sammy Hagar On Possible Van Halen Tribute Concert: “I Don’t Think I’d Go Back There”

During a recent interview with News-Herald, Sammy Hagar discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute concert. He said the following:

“[Michael Anthony spoke about it] just because there was all this talk about Jason [Newsted]. What’s that about, Jason Newsted playing bass for Van Halen? Great guy. Great musician. But in Van Halen? No, not when Mikey’s still here and alive to do it.”

He also added the following when asked if he would take part in a tribute show:

“I’m so happy with everything I’m doing now, I don’t think I’d go back there. Maybe if Alex was interested, it might be something to talk about, with him and Mikey and a superstar guitar player. But it’s really not Van Halen without Eddie [Van Halen], so…I just don’t know.”

Wolfgang Van Halen Says Proposed Van Halen Tribute Show “Never Even Got Off The Ground”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Wolfgang Van Halen commented on the various reports regarding a possible Van Halen tribute show. According to him, the project “never even got off the ground.”

Wolfgang said the following:

“What I can say is that there was an attempt at doing something. But, you know, I don’t like to speak negatively about people, but there are some people that make it very difficult to do anything when it comes to Van Halen. After being in Van Halen for a long time, I really have strived to have an environment where there is no walking on eggshells and there is no personality that you have to deal with. It’s just guys having fun making music and just having a good time. But, you know, from my time in Van Halen, there was always some stuff that gets in the way from just making music and having a good time. And, I think, that’s what happened.

I would love to just sit here and say everything and say the truth. There are plenty of interviews my dad did, where he straight up just said everything. And people hated him for it and thought he was lying. So I could just say shit, but people have already decided how they feel about things, facts or not. So I can say the facts. But that may not align with how certain people feel. I know how Van Halen fans get. They are very motivated by which specific people they like in the band. And it’s just not worth it. Just, we made an attempt, and some people can be hard to work with, and made it not happen.”

He continued when asked about his involvement in the tribute project:

“When it comes to Van Halen, and decision-making overall and what Van Halen does, it’s Al, and then I’m there and supportive. You know, I basically help make the decisions that dad would be there to make, because I’m in there in his stead.”

He also added:

“Look at anything that’s happened with Van Halen. And look how things have fallen apart. You know? The fact that in my tenure, in Van Halen, we managed to do three tours, put an album of original material and a live album out is a fucking miracle.

People love to pin every decision Van Halen has ever made on Dad. But Al’s the brain. Al has been the guy forever. He’s the dude. When it comes to Van Halen, Dad just wanted to play guitar. But, you know, Al’s mentality, and it’s the mentality that Van Halen took for the entirety of its band, is that there’s nothing worth talking about unless it’s happening. So the reason that nothing has been talked about from Van Halen, the official channels, is because nothing’s happened. And I know how that will stir people up and piss them off. But that’s how the operation is run.”

Wolfgang also addressed recent reports suggesting that David Lee Roth is holding things up:

“I would say ‘Do your research on the history of Van Halen, and come to your conclusions.'”