Sammy Hagar spoke to The Mercury News about the upcoming first album of all-original material from THE CIRCLE, his critically acclaimed supergroup also featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.
"I don't have a name for it," he said. "Right now, I am calling it 'Hey Hey Hey', because I say that in two songs — the first song and the last song. It's about the world monetary system. It's about crooks and it's about good people and it's about the Devil and it's about God. It ends up it's about greed. Greed makes people do weird stuff — it makes you hurt other people, take advantage of someone, it makes a war. It almost all has to do with greed.
"Everyone thinks, 'Hmm, money is the root of all evil.' But, really, without greed, money is a beautiful thing — you can change the world, you can buy happiness, you can heal the sick, feed the poor, you can stop a war."
Bonham told Sonic Perspectives in a recent interview that THE CIRCLE's upcoming disc is a "concept kind of album" that needs to be listened to "in a specific order, which kind of tells the story."
The drummer added that Hagar has "been really inspired as of late, and I think it's gonna be some of his best stuff. It's definitely diverse," he said. "As I said, when you listen to it in the order… It's gonna be an incredible… What he wanted to do was do something very different than he's ever done, which is send you on a journey, like the old days. When you put on an album, you listened to it from start to finish instead of just a song — where the placement of each [song] is vital for it to make sense."
THE CIRCLE released a concert album, "At Your Service", in May 2015. Recorded on tour in 2014, it features live performances of 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.