Sammy Hagar is particularly excited about his and the Circle‘s next album, titled Crazy Times. The “Red Rocker” spilled the beans on the new set to Forbes, and shed light on the sessions, which were helmed by country-based producer Dave Cobb — who was most recently behind the boards for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ latest set, 4.
Hagar explained, “We’re gonna have a new record coming out in the next couple of months, we’re gonna release the first single. We made a record called Crazy Times with Dave Cobb. It’s the best record I ever made in my life, but I hate to even say that because that’s what everyone says. But I’m telling you from my heart, it’s the best record I ever made in my life.”
He went on to talk about how they formulated how the record would sound: “David Cobb said, ‘I’m not gonna do anything that even sounds anything remotely country on this record, ’cause I wanted to make an Americana record a little bit less hard rock . . . I wanna make the record I grew up on, I wanna hear you and Mikey (Anthony) sing like you did in ‘Top Of The World,’ with Van Halen. That’s what we’re gonna get out of you guys.’ And he’d come up and squeeze it out of us. . . (this album is) a hybrid of everything I’ve ever been involved with musically.” There’s been no street date announced for Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s Crazy Times album.
Sammy Hagar admitted to us that although he fell in love with singing at an early age — he’s pretty much the definition of a reluctant performer: “I just liked it. It felt good and it felt natural. It’s still not comfortable to me — I’m not a comfortable singer/entertainer; even though I’m more of an entertainer, y’know, when I get on stage, I turn into an entertainer. But it’s very uncomfortable for me. And I’m always runnin’ around backstage, a nervous wreck until I get out there. But, other than that — I like it.”
Sammy Hagar & The Circle perform on Saturday (May 7th) at Laughlin, Nevada at the Laughlin Event Center.