Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Sammy Hagar Rates Himself As Guitarist and More

09/26/2013
.
(Gibson) Sammy Hagar has always captured everything that's fun about rock n' roll: the loud guitars and fast cars, the women, the fun in the sun… but more importantly, he's never forgotten that music is best when it's shared. The late-night jams at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico are legendary - heck, they directly led to the formation of his band Chickenfoot with Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith - and it's stuff like this that helps us relate to Sammy even when he's playing arenas or making multibillion dollar tequila deals. After all, we've all jammed with our buddies, we've all blasted out a few covers just for the fun of it, and we're all sharing in this wonderful thing called music. That spirit of collaboration and fun is all over Sammy Hagar & Friends, Sammy's new album. It features appearances by a diverse range of artists: Toby Keith, Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Michael Anthony, Nancy Wilson, Neal Schon, Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more. We caught up with Sammy to talk about the new record and his love affair with the guitar.

Gibson: You always hear "Sammy had so-and-so over to jam at his club in Cabo," but most of us never get to see that. This album is like that experience being distilled into an album you can throw on in your house.

Hagar: What I wanted this record to be was my life: my lifestyle now. Because in the past when I've went into the studio I've gone in with 15 or 20 songs and I'd record them all and pick the best ones. It was kinda like a business. And this record I wanted to be exactly who and what I am today. So the first thing I thought was, I want to write just lifestyle songs. So I wrote "Father Sun" first, and then "All We Need Is An Island." And then I thought, well, maybe I should call up some of my friends to play on this stuff. And little by little it dawned on me that I was making the record that I really wanted to make but I didn't have a method of doing it. There was no manual to making a record that's who you are. But then I realized what you just said: what I've been doing for the last ten years is going to Cabo San Lucas with different people all the time. I meet Toby down there, I meet the guys from the Grateful Dead down there, I meet Slash, Jerry Cantrell, guys from Metallica. They say "Hey, I'm going to Cabo, are you around?" And I'll say "[Expletive], I'll meet you down there." I have a house, I just go down there and we play this kind of music. This is what we do. Chad Smith and I, we go down there and we play "Going Down." We jam a lot of blues stuff, and this record is exactly who and I what I am. It's what I do.


Gibson: I've always wanted to ask you how you rank yourself as a guitarist. It takes balls to stand up there with Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani. I've been lucky to jam with Satriani and Vai, and to a certain point it's intimidating but also at a certain point you've just got to tell yourself "Screw it, this is what I do."

Hagar: I'm a little bit intimidated if we go too long, but in Chickenfoot and Van Halen I just put the guitar on and got a big cheer always, and then I'd burn for a little bit and then take it back off before I ran out of chops, y'know? I rate myself as a guy that can play, and I can express myself extremely well but only in one language. I can only play blues-based guitar. And when a guy like Joe steps up there, he can play. Once he finishes with my repertoire he can go into French, Spanish and Russian on the guitar! He's just so versatile and fluent. Eddie's not as fluent and versatile. Eddie's got a style for himself and he's very much in that pocket but Joe can play anything. He freaks me out. When Joe and I start to write together he'll show me some chords and I'll start singing, then I'll pick up a guitar just mainly to figure a lick out: "What chord is that? What are you playing?" so I can know what notes I have to choose from to sing. Then he'll go "That was a cool lick, what did you play?" and I'll go "[Expletive], I don't know!" I don't get it. I just play. Read the full interview here.

Gibson.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission.

Sammy Hagar Tour Dates/Tickets

Sammy Hagar CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Sammy Hagar T-shirts and Posters

Sammy Hagar CDs, vinyl and rarities



.


...end




.
News Reports
.
• Day in Rock:
Scott Weiland Says Drug Issues Are In The Past- Tool Members Gives New Album Update- Robert Plant Offers Fans Chance To Make Video- Paul McCartney- more

• Day in Pop Childish Gambino Threatens to Behead Drake and Kendrick Lamar- Coldplay Donates $17K To Fan With Terminal Illness- Aretha Franklin Vs Restaurant Employee- more

• B-Sides: Lenny Kravitz 'Sex' Video Goes Online- Tom Petty Slams EDM Culture and Electric Daisy Carnival- Ozzy Osbourne Classic Covered By Harp Twins- Jack White- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

• Metallica's 'Ride the Lightning' Turns 30

• Annihilator - Feast Box Set

• RockPile: California Breed- Pistol Day Parade

• Yes - Heaven & Earth

• RockPile: Broods- Neomythics

• Colt 45 - The Tide Is Turning

• Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live from Poland

• Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture Show

• Rock Reads: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

• Michael Franti and Spearhead's Soulshine Tour

• Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes

• Live: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Monumentour

• Road Trip: Kentucky's Bluegrass Country- Don't Miss These Five Attractions

• Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Special Edition

• Road Trip: Rock Candy- Macon, Georgia's Music Tour

• Road Trip: Odysea in the Desert- Scottsdale's A-Maze-Ing New Attraction

• Ted Nugent - SHUTUP&JAM!


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

• Scott Weiland Says Drug Issues Are In The Past

• Tool Members Gives New Album Update

• Robert Plant Offers Fans Chance To Make Video

• Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans

• Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Added To New City

• Joey Vera Details Shoulder Injury

• Motley Crue Want Farewell To Be Happy Funeral

• Tom Petty To Rock Jimmy Kimmel

• AC/DC's Brian Johnson To Race At Event This Weekend

• Accept Discuss New Album In Online Trailer

• Gary Numan Release 'I Am Dust' Video

• Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen Charity Album Fraudster Facing Jail

• Mick Jagger Reflects On Meeting James Brown

• Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson Release Muddy Waters Cover

• Blackberry Smoke Complete New Album

• Seether Frontman Blames Ego Problems For Members Leaving

• Virgil And The Accelerators Release Blow To The Head Video

• Cold Chisel Recording New Music With Kevin Shirley

• Peter Gabriel Optimistic About Real World Future

• Singled Out: UnBreakable's Rock The Night Life


Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

• Childish Gambino Threatens To Behead Drake and Kendrick Lamar

• Coldplay Donates $17K To Fan With Terminal Illness

• Aretha Franklin Vs Restaurant Employee

• Tim McGraw Reveals New Album Details

• Brad Paisley Releases Song Snippets Behind Label's Back

• Kanye West Wins Coinye Cryptocurrency Lawsuit

• Pussy Riot Stars Suing the Russian Government After Imprisonment

• Glee's Lea Michele To Guest Star On Sons of Anarchy

• Hilary Duff Returns With New Song

• Shaquille O'Neal Raps Pharrell 'NBA 2K15′ Soundtrack Appeal

• G-Unit Go Old School With New Track 'Come Up'

• Ultra Records Responds to Michelle Phan and Kaskade Controversy

• Nicki Minaj Cast In Cartoon Network's 'Steven Universe'

• Azealia Banks Releases New Song 'Heavy Metal and Reflective'

• Justin Bieber Receives Champ of Charity Award

• Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign & Juicy J Release Mutant Ninja Turtles Video

• Ariana Grande Teases Bang Bang With Jessie J and Nicki Minaj

• The Posters of Duran Duran Limited Edition Book Released

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
• The Screen Door • A Journal of Musical Things • Lloyd Zeffler blog • Demolish Mag • Nightwatcher's House of Rock • CJ Chilvers • Deja Voodoo • The 1st Five • thecopycat.biz • Hard Rock Memorabilia • Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.