VOA – Sammy Hagar – 1984


VOA - Sammy Hagar - 1984
VOA - Sammy Hagar - 1984

In 1984, Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen as their new lead singer, replacing David Lee Roth who had left the band to pursue a solo career. Hagar’s first album with Van Halen, 1984, was a huge success, selling over 10 million copies and spawning several hit singles, such as “Jump”, “Panama”, and “Hot for Teacher”. Hagar brought a different style and energy to Van Halen, making them more melodic and radio-friendly, while still maintaining their hard rock edge. Hagar also wrote most of the lyrics for the songs, which often dealt with personal themes such as love, sex, and freedom. Hagar’s voice was powerful and versatile, ranging from high-pitched screams to soulful croons. He was also a skilled guitarist and often played rhythm guitar on stage and in the studio. Hagar’s arrival marked a new era for Van Halen, one that would last for over a decade and produce four more successful albums: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995). Hagar’s tenure with Van Halen is sometimes referred to as “Van Hagar” by fans and critics.

VOA is considered to be one of Sammy Hagar’s most successful albums. It spawned the hit singles “I Can’t Drive 55”, “Why Can’t This Be Love”, and “Heavy Metal (Is the Law)”. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male.

The personnel of the album VOA by Sammy Hagar, released in 1984, are:

  • Sammy Hagar – lead vocals, guitar
  • Gary Pihl – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bill Church – bass, backing vocals
  • David Lauser – drums, backing vocals
  • Jesse Harms – keyboards on “I Can’t Drive 55”
  • Richard Page – backing vocals on “Two Sides of Love”

Source: VOA (album) – Wikipedia

The different versions published for this album :