Sammy Hagar on New Van Halen Album: 'What Are These Guys Thinking?'

Sammy Hagar
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Sammy Hagar performs at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. 

If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all is not an adage former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar lives by.

In a new interview, Van Halen's former frontman (1985-1996, 2003-2005) gave his thoughts on the new live offering from Van Halen, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which finds David Lee Roth (1974-1985, 2007-present) on the mic.  

"I'm trying to tread lightly on the whole thing," Hagar told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Every time they do something, I'm like, 'Oh my god, can these guys do anything worse to their reputation and to the level of the music of the band?'"

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Hagar the Horrible goes after Roth's vocals in particular.

"They've got some pretty rough vocals," Hagar said. "I try to stay away from criticism, but here I am, already starting this interview with it. It's impossible. It's impossible to stay away from. Standing back, I'm just going, 'What the [expletive] are these guys thinking?'"

Hagar currently leads a band called the Circle, which includes classic Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Son of Zeppelin Jason Bonham on drums and guitarist Vic Johnson. 


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