Wolfgang Van Halen Shares Sammy Hagar Era Wasn’t “Respected”
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The lack of respect for the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen has been lamented by Wolfgang Van Halen.
Wolfgang Van Halen was invited to a short conversation with Oklahoma City radio station KATT. During the station’s segment, some issues were discussed like his involvement with Van Halen band reissues, specifically the upcoming limited vinyl release of the Live: Right Here, Right Now.
But more importantly, WVH explained why Hagar’s era doesn’t get any respect. He explained:
“[Alex Van Halen] is, obviously, he’s the head honcho when it comes to making the decisions. Obviously, I default to him on anything that he thinks is the right thing to do. But when it comes to decision-making or at least just kind of helping out, yeah, I am that sort of what would have been my dad’s vote for stuff there with Al. So Al and I are kind of that team.”
“That era [of Van Halen] doesn’t get any respect, I don’t think.
“And there’s a lot of amazing songs and just obviously brilliant guitar playing on a lot of that – on all of that stuff – and I think people don’t give it a chance ’cause they fall into that just exhausting ‘this singer is better, this singer is better’ crap, when it’s, like, just give it a chance. There’s some really good stuff in there.”
Live: Right Here, Right Now marks the first Van Halen reissue focusing on the band’s Van Hagar era.
Meanwhile, WVH is currently on the road with his band, Mammoth WVH. After completing their run of headlining dates, the group will open for Metallica and Pantera later this year.