Music News

What are dreams made of? For Sammy Hagar, dreams are made of songwriting sessions with Eddie Van Halen.

Hagar shared with Ultimate Classic Rock that he wrote a song titled “Thank You” with his late bandmate in a dream.

Hagar explains, “About two months ago, I had this dream and Eddie came. We were in a room like this, [with] a bunch of people around. It was just like he’d been gone. It was not like he was passed, but he had just been out of my life and we hadn’t seen each other for a while. He’s going, ‘Man, let’s write some music!’ I said, ‘Yeah, f— it, man. Here, let’s go!'”

The Red Rocker says EVH played a riff in the dream that reminded him of one the guitarist played for him around the 2004 Van Halen reunion tour. Then, Sammy and Eddie wrote a song with that riff in the dream. After he woke up, Sammy remembered the song, and then he wrote it down.

RELATED: Sammy Hagar Recalls His 'Brave' Act of Trading Guitar Licks with Eddie Van Halen

“I told [Circle drummer] Jason [Bonham], ‘I just really don’t know what to say lyrically.’ I’ve got goosebumps, head to toe, [talking about it]. So, I wrote it [about that experience], and we’ll do that song someday, said Hagar. “…Now, that’s going to be an Eddie-influenced song, to the point that I’m going to co-write it with him. I’m going to give him credit, and then maybe we’ll donate the money to charity, whatever.”

Hagar added, “I feel so embarrassed about it because everyone’s going to say, ‘Oh, look at Sammy trying to capitalize on Eddie.’ No, I’m not. You don’t understand. This was a real f—in’ dream, and I told you exactly what happened in it.”

Fans will have to wait a bit for Hagar to record that track with his band The Circle. However, Hagar and The Circle are releasing a new album on September 30 titled Crazy Times. The new LP is currently available for pre-order here.


Van Halen: Their 30 Best Songs, Ranked

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

Sign me up for the 93.9 BOB FM email newsletter!

Become a BOB V.I.L. (Very Important Listener) and stay up-to-date with music news and upcoming concerts and events. Plus, be the first to know about exclusive giveaways and prizes!

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.