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Sammy Hagar Suggests New Van Halen Songs Are Recycled

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Sammy Hagar can’t stop talking about Van Halen and Lord knows the band is being tight-lipped, leaving plenty of room for speculation from former singers in interviews. The band has released a photo where the members posed with Interscope Records staff, which is pretty much evidence that they’ve signed to the label, the anticipation for a new album, their first with David Lee Roth in nearly 30 years, is at all-time high.

Rolling Stone spoke to Hagar, who replaced DLR, and he suggested that Eddie Van Halen writes riffs, not songs, and that the “songs” the band will release are little more recycled outtakes. He also said that that band treats its fans in deplorable fashion.

Hagar said he can’t wait to hear the material, saying, “I’ll be the first guy waiting in line at the record store, if I could find one anymore. I’ll be really curious. I think they owe the fans that. I would love to see them make a great record. They have some of the most loyal fans in rock, and they’ve been treated so, so bad these last 20 years. I’m a real fan friendly guy.”

Hagar also claimed that the material is likely recycled. “I heard this record is old outtakes from the old days. I mean, stuff from before I even joined the band. I heard this five years ago though. Michael Anthony was curious if his background vocals would wind up on the album. I don’t think it’s a bad idea.”

Hagar didn’t say who he heard the outtakes rumor from, but he did offer more details, saying, “They aren’t working with new material. Ed and Dave didn’t actually write new songs. They took old stuff from previous sessions, and then maybe Dave had to go in and add vocals because they just had scat vocals, or even no vocal part at all.”

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