Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release a new album titled Crazy Times before the year is over and it looks like it’ll include plenty of Michael Anthony’s classic vocals.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Hagar said the new Circle album was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studios with famed country producer Dave Cobb. Cobb, who is best known for working with country and America artists including Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson, told Hagar up front that he was looking to produce a straight ahead “rock” record. In fact, he was looking to bring out some of the classic Van Halen “Sammy era” 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,” Hagar said. “He goes, ‘I wanna make Standing Hampton. I wanna make the record I grew up on, I wanna hear you and Mikey sing like you did in ‘Top of the World’ with Van Halen. That’s what we’re gonna get out of you guys.'”
The Circle is Sammy Hagar (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Anthony (bass, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Vic Johnson (lead guitar, vocals).
The Circle’s Crazy Times summer tour with George Thorogood kicks off June 10th in Bridgeport, CT. The rest of the dates can be found at Hagar’s official website HERE. Close to half of the band’s set are Van Halen songs, including a few David Lee Roth era tunes sung by Anthony.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle “Top Of The World” Florida 3/6/22