The guitarist and singer Sammy Hagar, who was a member of Van Halen from 1985 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2005, revealed in an interview with Guitar World his favorite album of the band. During his time with the group he recorded four very successful records: “5150” (1986), “OU812” (1988), “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” (1991), “Balance” (1995).
The musician recently released the album “Crazy Times”, done with his band The Circle that is formed by Michael Anthony (Bass), Jason Bonham (Drums) and Vic Johnson (Guitar).
Sammy Hagar reveals his favorite Van Halen album
“(…)Van Halen stuff which, for me, comes down to For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. That’s my favorite Van Halen record. I think it’s even better than 5150 because the writing, vocals, and the way the band was playing tops it.”
Released in 1991, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” is Van Halen’s ninth studio album and was the third to featured Hagar as their vocalist. At the time of it’s release the album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and stayed in the position for three weeks. Some of the most famous tracks are “Poundcake”, Right Now” and “Top Of The World”.
“Oh, I was fired. I was told that I quit by Eddie. It was Father’s Day, Sunday morning, 9 am. The phone rings and I’m laying there with my brand new baby. He goes, ‘You know, you always just wanted to be a solo artist. So go ahead and be one. We’re going to get Dave back in the band.’ And when he said that.”
“I flew up out of bed like I’d seen a ghost. So I said, ‘Wow’ and a few expletives went back and forth from me. That is not what the song “Eagles Fly” is about. But it’s the opening lines of it. [Sunday morning, nine A.M./I saw fire in the sky/I felt my heart pound in my chest/I heard an eagle cry.”
“I called the manager that was poisoning all this stuff. I said, ‘Guess what just happened?’ And he went, ‘Oh, fuck. He did it? He made the call?’ I said, ‘Yes, he made the call.’ And he goes, ‘Let me get back to you. I suppose you want a golden parachute.’ So I said, ‘I want to know what the fuck is going on, I don’t need anything. I just want to know what the fuck is going on.’”
“That’s what happened. It wasn’t like he said, ‘You’re fired.’ He just said, ‘You’re quitting the band. You’re leaving the band. We’re moving on without you.’ Whatever. It was not my call, whatsoever,” Sammy Hagar said.