Yeah, well, I liked Van Hagar, and I like Sammy’s new album with The Circle. Fight me.


Leave poor Gary Cherone out of it. Van Halen and Van Hagar were two completely different bands, and I liked each of them for different reasons. Obviously at this juncture our chances of Eddie Van Halen creating new music are slim, and almost no one under the age of 50 gives a damn about any of these people, anyway.

This leaves us with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, band mates in Sammy’s latest vehicle, The Circle. Jason Bonham plays drums, and former Waborita Vic Johnson is on guitar. I bought Space Between, the new album, just for the hell of it. In spite of never being much of a solo Hagar kind of guy, Van Hagar was very much to my liking.

The lyrics on this release are not heavyweight. The music very much is, in the classic rock manner, and as the late Cub “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” Koda is my witness, there’s nothing wrong with that. Given the advancing age of the participants — Sammy will be 72 soon, and the others are in their fifties — there’s a pleasingly hard edge to the proceedings.

If you enjoy old-school rock, check it out.