After Dave left Van Halen in 1985, Eddie was on the hunt for a new singer. Rumor has it he asked Patty Smyth of Scandal and she passed, then Eddie asked Daryl Hall after a Hall and Oates concert to sing in Van Halen, but he also declined . Two strikes. But Eddie gets third time lucky when he's …
When Sammy Hagar entered the studio to record what he thought would be the contract-fulfilling closing chapter of his solo career with 1987's I Never Said Goodbye LP, he brought along his new Van Halen bandmate Eddie Van Halen to play bass and co-produce.
Sammy Hagar's latest band, the Circle, delivers a hit-studded live show that offers classic cuts from throughout his career — but he claims Alex and Eddie Van Halen would love to prevent him from performing the songs they wrote and recorded together during his stint in Van Halen.
30 years ago today Sammy Hagar played his first headlining show at the Civic Center. On April 7, 1985, the Red Rocker returned to Portland on the VOA tour with Dokken opening. The VOA album went platinum featuring his signature song, I Can't Drive 55.