The self-proclaimed “Other Half” of Van Halen – Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have dished up another surprise for fans. Last night they uploaded previously unseen footage of the band performing “Feelin'” in Buffalo, NY in May of 1995. This was posted on their Van Halen/Other Half social media accounts.
Sammy: “Wow, well that’s a long-lost deep track that I have forgotten about. I always remember that tour was a rough one with Alex’s neck brace, Eddie and his hip problems: he wasn’t jumping around, but he was playing his ass off. It was kind of a non-functional tour, and the songs from ‘Balance’ were pretty much all about what was going on in Van Halen. Singing this song was like pouring your heart out to 20,000 people every night. As great of a performance as this is, it’s hard for me to watch it. Singing with Mikey’s super high-octane vocal power always blows my mind, and this of course is the epitome. Listen, it takes me right back. It’s funny the album & tour was called “Balance.”
Mike: “WOW, I hadn’t heard that one in a long time, definitely one of our deeper cuts and Smokin’ live!! Always loved our 2 part harmonies on this, and even with everything going on at the time (Eddie’s hip and Al’s neck problems!) on tour, this baby was rockin’!! Oh, and need I mention a killer solo from our man on lead guitar??!!!”
As usual, the post prompted an outpouring of ‘Thank You’s” from hundreds of fans. And it’s cool to see that Sammy sometimes engages with fans by responding to their comments.
It’s nice to have these Hagar-era Van Halen gems to look forward to. Thanks to Sammy and Mike for sharing.
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