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Peter Hodgson of Gibson.com recently conducted an interview with Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN). An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Gibson.com: 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.”

Sammy: 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.

Gibson.com: There were so many great guitar players to come out of the ’80s where you knew they’d kind of fade away, but even early on it was apparent that we’d still be hearing about Joe Satriani in 40, 50 years.

Sammy: Oh, Joe‘s here to stay. I think he’s going to have a kind of Jeff Beck career. He’s going to have these little windows where he gets a little bump, a little more publicity, a little more recognition, and then he kinda just cruises along, then all of a sudden somebody’s gonna say, “Wow, Joe Satriani‘s the best guitar player in the world” and everybody gets hip again. He ain’t going nowhere. The thing that amazes me the most about Joe‘s guitar playing over any other musician is he knows exactly what he’s playing and he can play it twice, three times exactly the same. He works his parts out but he does it really quick. It’s not like it takes him forever to come up with a part. He comes up with it, BAM, instantly, and he knows every note he’s playing and I don’t know how he does it. He’s too smart for his own good. But you’re a lucky man if you stood up and played next to Joe Satriani. What I do is, I learn. He immediately makes me better because it makes me aware of what I’m playing, because if I see him solo I think, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” So I start to think a little more, like “Oh I know why that note works.” So he just enlightens. He’s enlightening to play with. I don’t know if that works for you, but that’s how it works for me.

Read the entire interview at Gibson.com.

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In a brand new interview with CBS News, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) spoke aboout first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”, and his time with VAN HALEN, which he fronted from 1985 to 1996.

“It seems like so long ago, but at the same time it’s such a big part of me,” Hagar said of his VAN HALEN sting. “If I had never done that, this record that I just did, ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’, would sound different if I had never been in VAN HALEN.

“Everything I’ve ever done has made me what I am today. But fronting a band like VAN HALEN, I don’t know… It seems like it was so right at the time, but today it doesn’t quite fit in my lifestyle and my world. I don’t know why. But, you know, I think about that. I like the way I fit in CHICKENFOOT. We have a different kind of thing. I like being new. I really do. I just gotta say it. I love being new. I’d rather do a record like this.”

Hagar added that his time in VAN HALEN was “wonderful.”

“I will play ‘Right Now’ and ‘Finish What You Started’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, ‘Dreams’ for the rest of my life,” he said. “There’s no question about it. I will play those songs for the rest of my life. There are a lot of songs that I won’t. But those songs will be played for the rest of my life because they were great, great, great. I like keeping those in my back pocket.”

Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers on “Sammy Hagar & Friends” are Hagar’s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

For his new solo set, Sammy Hagar partially revived his early-’80s supergroup with JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, with the addition of his CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony and Chad Smith.

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I was happy to see Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas play live, but may well not make it back for another Hagar show unless he tours with Chickenfoot or has another Van Halen reunion.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, Sammy Hagar says that nearly a decade after last performing with VAN HALEN, he’s happy to let his run in the band stay in the past. On September 24, Hagar releases his star-studded solo set, called “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers are Hagar‘s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

Hagar spoke to Rolling Stone and when asked if he would ever consider dueting with former touring partner and fellow VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, Hagar said, “It’s so hard! Because, probably, if he came to me, fuck yeah. I’ll do anything. But to go to him and put myself in that vulnerable position, I would get probably the wisest fucking crack that ever came out of his mouth. I don’t think Dave wants to sing with me. I don’t think Dave wants to be in the same room with me, to be honest with you. I don’t know if I intimidate him or if I piss him off or if he just flat don’t like me, or if he’s afraid of me. I don’t know what it is, but he and I do not get together. We tried. I gave it every shot I had on that tour. And I could care less. I mean, I’m totally over the guy.”

Hagar couldn’t let the VAN HALEN subject go, adding: “As a matter of fact, the whole idea of VAN HALEN — people ask me all the time, ‘What if Eddie [Van Halen] called you up and asked you to be back in that?’ I just hope he doesn’t do that. I’m so past it, and I’m so happy and proud of what we did, I wouldn’t want to tarnish it again like that ’04 tour. And now what they’re doing, acting like I was never in that band, just playing all that early material. . . How can they do that? But Dave can’t sing it, so what the fuck. It is what it is, and I’d just as soon let it be. Let them finish it off in their own way, and whatever happens, it’s all good. I would love to be friends with those guys. Michael Anthony is one of my dearest friends, and I don’t see why Ed and Al [Van Halen] shouldn’t be that, someday, in our lives. But until then, it’s all fine.”

For his new solo set, Sammy Hagar partially revived his early-’80s supergroup with JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, with the addition of his CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony and Chad Smith — a band which Hagar maintains is a force to be reckoned with. “That band is so good, that we got the first take on ‘Goin’ Down’ and we got the first take on ‘Personal Jesus’,” he said. “Y’know, we went ahead and took some more, but it was the first take that was fine that was the magic. When you’ve got musicians like that. . . We even wrote another song, I mean, we just jammed another song that coulda be another song instantly, [laughs] I was just out of time for, y’know, creating new songs. But that band right there, [laughs], which we’re calling HSAS, is capable of going in and recording an album in a week and going out on tour, like CHICKENFOOT and putting on a phenomenal show.”

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Sammy Hagar will release a star-studded solo set on September 24, called “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers are Hagar‘s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

Asked in a brand new interview with RollingStone.com if he was able to get every guest musician that he wanted, Hagar said: I didn’t really want to say this, but I’m completely honest: James Hetfield [METALLICA] is a dear friend and we hang out in Hawaii a lot. Kid Rock did the duet on ‘Knockdown Dragout’, which he recorded for me instantly. I would’ve just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done. After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the ‘Knockdown! Dragout!’ part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, ‘I’m completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.’ And then he said, ‘ . . . but it isn’t my style.’ And I said, ‘It’s OK. I still love you, James.'”

He added: “James has become just such a great frontman. He’s really powerful, and he doesn’t bullshit. He’s not up there doing cheap shit to become a good frontman, like I do. I’ll use a stupid line like, ‘Are we having any fun yet?’ just to get a reaction. And I know how to say something right before you end a song, so the band ends it and you get a big giant cheer because of something I said, and it sounds like they loved the song. I know all them little old veteran tricks. James doesn’t even use that shit and he’s still got charisma up the ass. He’s really strong, man.

“I really wanted him on there, but it doesn’t fit. I was cheating by sending him that song, because if he would’ve heard the whole album — if a METALLICA fan would’ve heard this album and bought it because he was on there, they would be pissed off. This isn’t a METALLICA record, you know? But he’s my friend, and I would’ve loved to have had him on it.”

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Y&T’s Dave Meniketti will join Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, ex-VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) and MONTROSE members Denny Carmassi (drums) and Bill Church (bass) on stage for two shows in California next month to perform MONTROSE classics as part of Hagar’s “Four Decades Of Rock” tour.

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Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) and his band THE WABORITAS performed Hagar’s new single, “Knockdown Dragout”, last night (Thursday, August 1) on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.

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Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) and his band THE WABORITAS will perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Thursday, August 1.

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Heavy Metal Hill has uploaded video footage of the July 15 “all-star jam” at Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake, California featuring bassist James Lomenzo (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION, MEGADETH), drummer Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT, JOHN MELLENCAMP) and guitarist Brent Woods (VINCE NEIL, WILDSIDE, WARRANT).

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Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) is back in the studio working on a new album.

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