Sammy Hagar & The Circle Premiere New Video For Their Cover Of David Bowie’s “Heroes”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have premiered a new video for their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Lockdown 2020” and all proceeds from it will be donated to food banks nationwide. Hagar commented:

“David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ is one of my favorite songs ever, and a chance to tip our hat to all those frontline workers on every level from the grocery stores, to the policeman and firefighters, doctors etc. that put their own lives at risk & do their jobs to help others. For us it kind of sums up 2020, the whole year. And to release it so close to David Bowie’s birthday just makes it that more special.”

Sammy Hagar On The Possibility Of An Eddie Van Halen Tribute Show: “It’s Gotta Happen”

During a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3 radio station, former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Hagar responded with the following:

“It’s gotta happen. Of course it’s gonna happen. No one’s really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I have been told, and I have read interviews with various people involved — with Wolfie [Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen] and Valerie [Bertinelli, Eddie’s ex-wife] and Eddie’s wife [Janie] that he was married to at the time — they all said as soon as this is over, we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever; just a ‘thank you,’ a goodbye, a send-off. And that’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years — that will happen. And if we’re available to do it, we’ll do it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Sammy Hagar & The Circle Perform “Santa’s Going South” As Part Of Their “Lockdown Sessions”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle recently performed “Santa’s Going South” as part of their “Lockdown Sessions.” That track was originally released in 2011 as a duet between Hagar and Toby Keith. Hagar commented:

“This song has been waiting many years for a video. Here it is, courtesy of Lockdown 2020. Merry Christmas Redheads!”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle To Release “Lockdown 2020” In January

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have announced a new album titled “Lockdown 2020.” The effort will be released on January 8 and it will feature mostly covers that were tracked during the band’s “Lockdown Sessions.” Fans that pre-order the album will receive the group’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” as an instant-grat track. Notably, all proceeds from that single will be donated to food banks nationwide.

“Lockdown 2020” Track Listing:

01. “Funky Feng Shui”
02. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who cover)
03. “Good Enough” (Van Halen cover)
04. “Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley cover)
05. “Whole Lotta Rosie” (AC/DC cover)
06. “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield cover)
07. “Keep A-Knockin'” (Little Richard cover)
08. “Right Now” (Van Halen cover)
09. “Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do” (Van Halen cover)
10. “Sympathy For The Human” (Sammy Hagar & The Wabos cover)
11. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)

Hagar commented:

“When we first start doing these lockdown sessions, it was only meant to stay in touch with the fans until we could get back out on the road again. But as the weeks and months drew on, it also became a fun way to keep the band together, musically and creatively.”

He also added the following about “Heroes,” which was the last track that the band recorded for the album:

“With the addition of ‘Heroes’, it made sense to help those who are struggling from the effects of COVID-19. It probably wouldn’t have happened without it.”

Watch Sammy Hagar’s Performance Of “No Worries” From “Love You Madly – A Stream For Santa Cruz Fire Relief”

Sammy Hagar recently performed “No Worries” as part of the “Love You Madly – A Stream For Santa Cruz Fire Relief” event. That stream raised money for the Fire Response Fund, which is managed by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members To Guest On New Album From Heart’s Nancy Wilson

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Nancy Wilson (Heart) offered some more details on her new solo album. She confirmed that the effort will be titled “You And Me” and that it will feature guest appearances from Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

Wilson said the following:

“[The] title is ‘You And Me’. That’s a song on the album, called ‘You And Me’. And it just turned out really great. It’s a song my longtime collaborator friend Sue Ennis and [I] wrote together. We kind of blended two different songs that we had written about our moms, actually, and we made a new song out of it called ‘You And Me’. And it’s just so simple, I just thought, ‘Okay, well, that’s pretty easy to remember.'”

She continued when asked if the record features any special guests:

“I’ve got one song that I wrote with Duff McKagan and Taylor Hawkins. They had a jam that they shared with me, and I finished it. And it’s called ‘Party At The Angel Ballroom’. And actually, I covered [Simon & Garfunkel’s] ‘The Boxer’, which I did with Heart last year, with Sammy Hagar guesting on that. He’s a buddy. He sounds really good on that. I have this other big rocker. I said, ‘Do you wanna sing on this big rocker?’ And he’s, like, ‘It’s kind of expected. It would be a little less interesting.’ I said, ‘Okay. What about ‘The Boxer’?’ And he’s, like, ‘I love that song. I’ve loved that song forever.'”

She also revealed that the album will feature her cover of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” which she previously recorded for the South African film “I Am All Girls,” which shines a light on the issue of human trafficking:

“It’s a real story. It’s a really cool movie, and it should be in that too pretty soon.”

Wilson went on to say that making a solo album has been “really rewarding”:

“It’s fun for me to sort of take hold of the first studio solo album and do all the singing. Not that I consider myself a premier ballerina kind of a singer like Ann, but it’s really fun. I love it — I love trying to be the singer and doing the harmonies and playing all the parts, pretty much. My band guys, from Heart mainly, are passing around files, and we’re just taking notes and responding to the new parts that they put on. And it’s coming together really great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Alice In Chains At Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award Ceremony

As previously reported, Alice In Chains are set to be honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a virtual ceremony on December 1. Now, it has been revealed that members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and more will also be paying tribute to the band during the event.

In addition to Alice In Chains, the ceremony will feature the following performers:

  • Metallica
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Korn
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Dave Navarro & Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)
  • Mastodon
  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
  • Krist Novoselic (Giants In The Trees, ex-Nirvana)
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Soundgarden members with Tad Doyle & Mike McCready
  • Dallas Green (City And Colour)
  • Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver)
  • Fishbone
  • Liv Warfield
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensrÿche)
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bill Herzog
  • Bubba Dupree
  • Eric + Encarnacion
  • Jennifer Johnson & Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees)
  • Maggie Björklund
  • Martin Feveyear
  • Nathan Yaccino
  • Shaina Shepherd

An all-star house band will also be taking part as well. The following artists are also expected to make appearances, but are not scheduled to perform:

  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man‘, ‘Sherlock Holmes‘)
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.)
  • Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Fans can RSVP for the event at mopop.org/foundersaward. The Museum Of Pop Culture’s executive director Alexis Lee commented:

“As our principal fundraiser, Founders Award is always a special event for MoPOP and we’re thrilled this year to honor Alice In Chains and provide free access to this magical evening fans around the world. We’re proud to call Alice In Chains hometown heroes but we know we share them with the world.

It’s a testament to their lasting impact that this talented group of musicians has come together to pay tribute to the band’s contributions to music and pop culture. We’re able to show the next generation of creators what’s possible through the funds raised at the event that support our youth development programs, our community engagement and access initiatives, and of course, the cutting-edge exhibitions people from around the world come to Seattle to enjoy.

While this entire night of exclusive performances is free to view for all, our hope is to raise $1 million to support the museum in this difficult and unprecedented year.”

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell continued:

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”

Alice In Chains’ Sean Kinney added:

“When we got to make our first record, I thought, great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best. Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”

Watch Sammy Hagar And Michael Anthony Perform “Right Now” In Honor Of Eddie Van Halen

Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen with a moment of silence and a performance of Van Halen’s “Right Now” during Hagar’s recent birthday bash. That event was held at Catalina Island on October 8 and it will be available to stream on October 17.

[via Blabbermouth]

Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen In New Video

Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have shared a new video tribute for the late Eddie Van Halen. The clip was recorded after the recent rehearsals for “Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash 2020.” That event is being filmed at Catalina Island today (October 8) and it will stream on October 17.

Sammy Hagar Says He And Eddie Van Halen Rekindled Their Friendship Before The Guitarist’s Death

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has once again commented on the tragic death of Eddie Van Halen, saying that he actually rekindled his friendship with guitarist before his passing. Hagar said the following in a note that was shared by Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show:

“Eddie and I had been texting, and it’s been a love fest since we started communicating earlier this year. We both agreed not to tell anyone, because of all the rumors it would stir up about a reunion, et cetera, and we both knew that wasn’t gonna happen. But he also didn’t want anyone to know about his health. He stopped responding to me a month ago, and I figured it wasn’t good. I reached out one more time last week, and when he didn’t respond, I figured it was a matter of time. But it came way too soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]