Former Van Halen frontman and The Circle co-founder, Sammy Hagar, was recently interviewed by Marci Wiser of 95.5 KLOS this week and talked about many things from his current days during the coronavirus outbreak to the days when their label wanted Van Halen to change their name.
As you might already know, back in 1985, Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth and became the fronting member of Van Halen until he disagreed with a decision to record two new tracks for the new album of the band and parted ways with Van Halen for good in 1996.
In his latest interview with Marci Wiser, Sammy recalled the days he recruited with Van Halen and the meeting they made after the departure of David Lee Roth. According to Sammy, Warner Bros CEO Mo Austin suggested them to change the name of the band to Van Hagar or something like that but he and other members did not accept that offer.
Here is what Sammy said:
“Yeah, we were all in a room. And I think Mo Austin said, ‘Why don’t we be careful here…?’ Our managers and lawyers and the president of the record company and the band was all in a room when we asked for permission for me to join the band — it was official.
Everybody came and said, ‘We wanna have a meeting.’ And we were in the studio and we played ‘Why Can’t This Be Love.’ And Mo Austin went, ‘Oh, I smell money’ — he thought it was just the greatest. But anyway, so then he said, ‘Did you guys ever think about maybe changing the name to, like, Van Hagar or something?'”
“And I know what they were thinking, because they thought, ‘If this doesn’t work, at least you can go back with Van Halen again. But if you’re Van Halen and it doesn’t work, now you’ve ruined Van Halen. So they were trying to preserve, I think, the Van Halen name. And Eddie Van Halen — Eddie Van Halen; no one else — said, ‘Fuck that.’ He said, ‘This is Van Halen with a new singer.’ And everybody said, ‘Okay. Word. Gospel.’ Boom.”
You can listen to the whole interview below.
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