Sammy Hagar co-hosted That Metal Show this week, where the four hosts tried to choose the top five best David Lee Roth-era Van Halen songs. Trunk called the task “Impossible because the first four albums, top to bottom, were amazing.” Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson primarily chose deep tracks, while Hagar argued more for the hits such as “Jump” and “Panama.” Don proposed “Tattoo” – the controversial debut track from “A Different Kind Of Truth”, which made Eddie Trunk shout, “I like everything on the new record EXCEPT for “Tattoo!”
When guest Michael Anthony joined the guys, Sammy offered him a shot of his new drink, ‘Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum’. Mike took a drink, made a nasty face, and said, “I finally got used to the tequila, and now look… they pull a left turn on me!” Jim Florentine asked, “So Mike, do you like the rum or the tequila better?” Mike turned to Sammy with a smile and joked, “I guess I like the rum better now, right?” Laughs all around.
Later in the show, Sammy might have been trying to burn any bridges that Michael might still have with Van Halen with the probing question, “How did you feel, after all those years in Van Halen, when you were replaced by Wolfie?”
Towards the end of the episode, Trunk asked Anthony if he would ever consider a reunion with Van Halen. Anthony responded, “At this point in my life, no, there’s just no reason to.”
The final segment had the group debating which of the bands Hagar has been in was the best band (Montrose, Hagar’s solo career, HSAS, Van “Hagar”, or Chickenfoot). It was probably no surprise to anyone that Anthony chose Van Halen and Hagar chose Chickenfoot. Eddie Trunk, however, baffled us by choosing Hagar’s solo career!(?) Quantity over quality, apparently.
What are your top 5 Roth-era VH songs? (All Comments must be on-topic or at least Van Halen-related. All others will be deleted).
Watch the full episode here: