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When egos dare – Hagar on Halen

The Red Rocker, rocking in red. Later, haters.

Bless Sammy Hagar – in an age where celebrities dare not speak in public without the assistance of PR’s and PA’s to keep them on message, Hagar’s somebody that you can rely on to tell it as he sees it.

I suspect that, if I had been around as long as him, could buy Belgium with the spare change in my trousers and had been in massive rock bands since the seventies, I too might well not give a tailor’s chalk about offending sensibilities.

Hagar’s been on the promotional trail bigging up his current super group Chickenfoot and has words for the ‘new’ Van Halen material.

And those words include ‘zero inspiration’ and ‘zero creativity’.  Ouch, much?

I can see where he’s coming from – as detailed in previous posts, I’m a little nonplussed by the fact that the new Van Halen stuff is mostly old material which didn’t make it onto earlier records.  That doesn’t sit well with me and Hagar too questions why this new/old line-up hasn’t sat down to write wholly new material.  It’s not like these guys are fresh-faced kids bulking out their album track listing with covers – it’s Van-freaking-Halen, for (Jamie’s) crying out loud.

If seasoned pros like Chickenfoot can get in a room and write new songs, why can’t Dave, Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang get their creative process going?

Hey, I’m not a musician and I don’t know how the writing process works when you’ve been around as long as VH have but the equivalent in another media would be George Lucas going back to a previous project and futzing around with things until they get all messed up.

Hey, now – wait a minute…

 

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