|Posted on February 7, 2019 at 6:40 PM|
Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar recalled the “very, very spiritual” way in which the vocals for the band's 1986 single “Dreams” came to him.
He was walking on a Malibu beach with Mick Jones of Foreigner, who was trying to help co-write the track for Van Halen’s 5150 album. However, things were not going well, as Hagar told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.
“I’m going, ‘I just really don’t know what to sing to this,'” he said. “And [Jones] didn’t either, and, you know, he’s a great songwriter. I’m going, ‘Help me out, gimme a melody idea, what you got? Gimme an idea and I can write.’ We’re walking out in Malibu, we come back and, man, Mick’s got nothing for me.”
Hagar admitted that while he’s still capable of singing in that high register, “it’s painful!”
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