Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar talked in a recent interview with Eddie Trunk during the recent episode of Trunk Nation and revealed the truth about Van Halen’s keyboard using decision for the albums that Sammy sang.
Sammy stated that Eddie Van Halen is an awesome keyboard player and he wanted to add some keyboard materials for Van Halen albums that were recorded during the Hagar era.
Here’s what Sammy told:
“Finally I get my soapbox here! Everyone blamed me for the friggin’ keyboard playing on the Van Hagar era, starting with [1986’s] ‘5150.’
On [1988’s] ‘OU812,’ we went very keyboard-oriented. I didn’t do any of that – that’s what Eddie [Van Halen] did. Eddie wanted to do that. He liked playing keyboards, and he was freakin’ good at it.
He wrote these beautiful songs like ‘When It’s Love’ and stuff like that, and ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ – it’s such a cool lick, it’s like…”
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony added:
“Once Ed really got into the keyboard thing, he barely picked up his guitar for a long time, I remember. He was just playing keyboards all the time.”
“So it wasn’t me. I just went along with what we had, and if it wouldn’t have been good, I wouldn’t have went along with it. I would have said, ‘This sucks,’ you know? [Chuckles] But it didn’t.
And the part that’s most impressive to me is what a good keyboard player Eddie Van Halen is. He’s got a left hand on the freakin’ keyboard that’s as good as freakin’ Bootsy Collins on the bass, man. He’s funky with that left hand. You know, listen to ‘When It’s Love’, man.”
Click here to read the entire statement via Ultimate-Guitar. Plus, you can watch it below.