April 23, 2010, - 2:21 am
Unlike the conventional wisdom, I think Sammy Hagar was the better Van Halen lead singer than David Lee Roth (though Diamond Dave was quite great, himself–like on “Running With the Devil”). And the market bears it out, since Hagar as lead singer sold more VH albums than DLR did in the same capacity. Below is the video of my fave Sammy Tune, which is part of my workout music and is on my Zune and iPod. And I think it stands the test of time. It’s part of pre-Van Halen Sammy and part of what got him the job fronting Van Halen. So am I right that this is a classic? Or is it a cheesy relic from ’80s hair bands? And whom did you like better as Van Halen’s lead (and, please, no votes for Gary Charone)? Hagar, BTW, is a strong supporter of the troops and a conservative-leaning libertarian who refused to participate in lefty anti-War stuff during the first Gulf War. Could have done without the lewd title of the album, “Standing Hampton,” though.
Below that video is another video of what may be the most interesting/odd pairing of rock and country, with Kenny Chesney and Hagar singing the song in December. Could make a good country song, too, if done right. Strong language alert at the end. As you watch, pretend you’re sipping from a bottle of Cabo Wabo Tequila (“Vitamin T”).
Tags: cheesy, classic, I'll Fall in Love Again, Kenny Chesney, music, music video, Sammy Hagar, Standing Hampton, Van Halen, video