Sammy Hagar has released a video for new track 'No Worries'. Filmed in Hawaii, the track is lifted from the Red Rocker's current compilation 'This Is Sammy Hagar - When The Party Started'. The clip can be viewed below.
‘This Is Sammy Hagar - When The Party Started’ was released in the UK on 31st March 2017 by Mailboat/Membran. Speaking about the collection, which covers the period from 199 to 2006, the former Van Halen singer said; "With this collection, I wanted to revisit what I feel are the best songs I wrote during the second wave. I’d left Van Halen and formed the Wabos as an alternative to the superstar, high-pressure, commercial machine that I’d been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972. These albums, ‘Red Voodoo’ (1999), ‘Ten 13’ (2000) and ‘Livin’ It Up’ (2006), represent the first time I was free from the pressures of putting out a major label release in 25 years. Musically, I needed to shake it up and fall in love with making music again".
Sammy continued; "I needed a break from the big record industry machine – from the known producers of that time and from major label A&R telling me what to do. With the Wabos; Jesse Harms, David Lauser, Vic Johnson and Mona Gnader, we locked ourselves in my basement studio and we rehearsed and recorded anything and everything I wrote. Along with Bob Daspit, and a few other engineer-friendly people, we produced and engineered it ourselves, thanks to a new recording technology called ProTools. I was in a place of experimentation, discovery and invention and I didn’t want to be told what to do for the sake of making a hit single or album. In fact, when I’d finished some songs, I’d run them by my friends at major labels and they would all say “this is not what we want to hear from Sammy Hagar.” And I would say “but this IS Sammy Hagar, this is who I am today!” I was changing into more of a lifestyle artist – some got it, some didn't".
Speaking about those first steps away from Van Halen, with whom he enjoyed tremendous success with the albums '5150' (1985), 'OU812' (1988), 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' (1991) and 'Balance' (1995), Hagar said; "This is when the party started; I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and
everywhere without a set list and built a hard-core following of Redheads. They were really into what we were doing. My annual Birthday Bash in Cabo got to the point where thousands of people were sleeping on the streets outside of the Cabo Wabo Cantina to hang out with us, and live the life we were living".
Going on to praise the people who helped him through the changing times, the tequila connoisseur said;
"There's a lot of people I need to thank for these times. Musicians and crew members, business associates, Cabo Wabo staff, etc. There are way too many names to mention. So rather than take the chance of leaving someone out I just want to say thank you to all of you. You know who you are, and how you contributed to this very special time in my life".
Finally, Sammy singled out the fans, for keeping the faith during this experimental period; "Most of all, I know how lucky I am to have fans that stay with me through every new turn in my career. This collection represents a particularly special time in my musical life and I personally handpicked each of the songs to share with you."
As well as the compilation, Sammy has also resurfaced on the just released Chickenfoot collection 'Best + Live', which features the new song 'Divine Termination'. The super group, which also counts former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony along with guitar supremo Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith among their number, were last active in 2012.
‘This Is Sammy Hagar - When The Party Started’ is out now.