Sammy Hagar claims that Van Halen tried to “bury” his time with the group in his story.
Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock, Hagar said: “It seems that since Van Halen made the [David Lee] Roth meeting that they tried to truly bury the Van Hagar era. They wouldn’t remaster it, they wouldn’t allow it to be in the movies. They would not allow it to be licensed for video games and commercials.
Hagar makes a good point about the license. The video game Guitar Hero: Van Halen features only songs from the band’s Roth era, and nearly all IMDb credits acknowledging the use of a Van Halen song on television or in the movies are from the Roth era as well.
While he understands why the attention of the Van Hagar era was avoided in light of Roth’s reunion, Hagar adds, “This is such good material. All number one albums. You know, 50 million records.
No matter what new music he’s touring for, Hagar is always keen to acknowledge his time in front of Van Halen by saying, “I don’t care how proud I am of my own stuff, I can’t. ignore it. It is the biggest peak of my career. But I don’t exploit it too much… Every time we play this stuff the audience goes crazy… We recently added some really deep tracks and, man, whatever song you play – it’s not just shots. They are not just “Why can’t this be love”. You play “Humans Being” and the place goes crazy. They know every word. So we’re like ‘Dude, this stuff is gold.’ He will never die, and we will not let him.
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