Sammy Hagar has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election, saying that "the country needs a huge change."
The former VAN HALEN frontman, who built an empire and made a fortune off his Cabo Wabo clubs and tequila brand, tells Yahoo! Music: "I've never had two less likable candidates in my life… But I still like the shakeup, that [Donald Trump] busts people's balls and says things that are politically incorrect. Amen! It's like nowadays you can't say shit. Somebody's pissed you can't say this you can't say that. So if you say you like this person or this person, you lose that person and that person. So I think musicians and artists should stay the fuck out of politics."
However, Hagar adds: "I think the country needs a huge change. Whether it be Trump or Hillary [Clinton], both of them would be a huge, huge change. That will really cause the people to shake things up and — I don't think either one of them are going to be good. But we do need a change, so maybe it will cause something to happen and maybe we'll get an alternative in there again.
"I gotta say, Bernie [Sanders], to me, he was the only guy who would take my fortune and rip it to shreds, but I would be okay with that if it went to the people. If he really wants to feed people, and help poor people, that's okay. That's a good thing. That's what America is about, and what it still should be about.”
Hagar has spent the last couple of years playing sporadic shows with THE CIRCLE, in which he is joined by Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN), Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and Vic Johnson.
THE CIRCLE released a concert album, "At Your Service", in May 2015. Recorded live on tour in 2014, this release documents the blistering performance of a band on fire performing hits from Sammy's four decades of rock (MONTROSE, solo, VAN HALEN, THE WABORITAS, CHICKENFOOT) as well as classic tracks from the LED ZEPPELIN catalog.