Sammy Hagar said “The New Van Halen Song Should Be Better Than It Is”
Hagar said…Well, I’m not going to speculate why anyone does anything, but I’ll tell you what, they waited so long and they’re so not fan-friendly, and as big as Van Halen was in the past… That’s what we used to argue about when I was in the band. I got thrown out because I didn’t want to do a greatest-hits record. I said, “Why the f*ck? We’re the biggest band in the world. Every album we’ve done since I’ve been in the band has been No. 1, we’ve sold out every arena on the planet. Now why would you want to sell them the same old record again and give them two new tracks? Why do you want to do that to the fans?” And we got into it. They wanted to do it at that time for the money, a new manager came in and he thought we could make a whole bunch of money for doing nothing, and I’m going, “We’ve got a whole bunch of money, so why are we doing this?” We really didn’t need to do it and it really caused problems in the band. Why they’re doing it now, I have no idea, but I think it’s about time. I personally don’t think that what they have just released, what I have seen and heard, is great at all. It should be better than it is, but hey, it is what it is, and at least they got together and at least they came out with something, that’s all I can say, you know. God bless them, but I was expecting a lot more.