‘The trippiest way I’ve ever recorded’: Sammy Hagar on his new guest-packed solo album

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Sammy Hagar says he initially intended to bang out only a few tracks on what evolved into a guest-packed forthcoming full-length studio effort. He seems as surprised as anyone else how it all ended up.

“It’s got to be the trippiest way I’ve ever recorded in my life,” Hagar says. “I started out to do four new songs, and ended up doing a whole new CD — with all of these people doing duets with me.”

Now dubbed Sammy Hagar and Friends, the album — which is due September 24, 2013, from Frontiers Records — might have been expected to include work with members and former members of his most famous working groups, from Montrose, HSAS and Van Halen and Chickenfoot and the Wabos.

So, yeah, Hagar works with Denny Carmassi (“Not Going Down,” Knockdown Dragout,” “Father Sun”) of Montrose fame; former HSAS collaborator Neal Schon (“Personal Jesus,” “Going Down”); the Wabos (“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”) and his Chickenfoot bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith (both appear on “Going Down,” “Personal Jesus”) and Joe Satriani (“Knockdown Dragout”). Sammy Hagar and Friends concludes with “Space Station No. 5” from the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert, as well.

But the project offers plenty of off-beat moments too, opening with a collaboration with Taj Mahal, called “Winding Down.” Elsewhere, Toby Keith (“Margaritaville”), Heart’s Nancy Wilson and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead fame (“All We Need Is An Island”), Kid Rock (“Knockdown Dragout”) and Ronnie Dunn (“Bad On Fords and Chevrolets”) of Brooks and Dunn stop in, too.

“Everybody that was available, I got in and recorded with,” Hagar adds. “We wrote, kicked songs around, did some cover tunes. I’m really excited.”

Sammy Hagar and Friends is Hagar’s first solo effort since 2008’s Cosmic Universal Fashion. He’s since issued two albums with Chickenfoot.

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