Watch SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE Cover VAN HALEN's 'Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)' As Part Of 'Lockdown Sessions'
August 11, 2020
Sammy Hagar and his CIRCLE bandmates have once teamed up via the Internet to record music.
After previously connecting via their smartphones from four separate locations to lay down a brand new song titled "Funky Feng Shui", as well as covers of THE WHO's "Won't Get Fooled Again", VAN HALEN's "Good Enough", BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS' "Three Little Birds", BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD's "For What It's Worth", Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'" and AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie", among others, they have now regrouped — in a virtual sense — to cover VAN HALEN's "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)". Check out video of the performance below.
Hagar said: "When I heard that Kurt Cobain had taken his own life, the first thing I thought of was I wish I were there and could have saved him.
"The original title for these lyrics were 'I want to show you what love can do,' but because it was such a dark horrible thing I just couldn’t shine a light on it. So I changed the final line to 'Don't tell me what love can do.'
"P.S. It was also the time of the breaking up of VAN HALEN, our last album and tour so it added a lot of emotion, negativity and pain in the original vocal performance which surfaced the second I started singing this song for the first time since 1995."
This past May, SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE's U.S. tour with NIGHT RANGER was officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. Produced by Live Nation, the outing was scheduled to kick off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and make stops in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix and more, before wrapping September 20 in Chula Vista, California at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Joining Hagar in THE CIRCLE are bassist Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT),drummer Jason Bonham (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING) and guitarist Vic Johnson (THE WABORITAS).
THE CIRCLE's first album of all-original material, "Space Between", was released in May 2019 via BMG.