Sammy Hagar on his all-time favorite Van Halen album, and why Michael Anthony's bass playing is better than ever on The Circle's new album, Crazy Times

Sammy Hagar
(Image credit: Leah Steiger)

Sammy Hagar keeps it simple. Finding joy in life through music has never been an issue. And as his name scrolls across my cellphone screen, I can't help but crack a smile because, at least for a short while, the stress of the world fell away. 

I knew that with Sammy on the line, I was in for a good time. “Hey man, the sun is shinin' by me,” he says. “How's it by you? I'm glad you got to me early; that's when the good stuff flows.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.