Sammy Hagar and his bandmates in The Circle, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, have pulled out their smartphones to record the ninth installment of their acclaimed @Home Sessions, with the release today of the Hagar-penned, Van Halen song Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do).
Sammy Hagar explained, “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 tried to save 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.”
“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,” Hagar added.

Watch the video here.

Finally Hagar explains that “until we can get back to our live shows, these Sessions are a great way to keep the band close and keep our chops up.”

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  1. This is 1 of only a few Van Hagar songs that I don’t really care for. “Amsterdam” is my favorite song from Balance. Drop? I must really be old school, it took a few minutes for me to remember what the hell that means! 😉 In the good ol days, when something new came out, it was called “released,” now it’s “dropped?” – I’ll stick with released!

  2. This was one of my LEAST favorite Van Halen / Sammy Hagar tunes. To me it just didn’t sound like a Van Halen song.

    With that, my god Sammy hasn’t lost a thing. His voice still sounds amazing even at his age. I truly do not think he gets enough praise. Sammy deserves to be in the Rock & Roll HOF as a solo artist, and all the other stuff he has done over the years. The man is simply amazing!!

  3. Another lock down quarantine video I hate so I watched about 30 seconds , I barely remember this song not a fan but the band is great and sammy is a freak can’t believe his voice still sounds this damn good and powerful in his 70s he’s in a very small club ~

    1. I too am sick of these quarantine video’s. I understand WHY they are doing it but I hate it. I cant wait for this world to get back to normal…god only knows when that will be.

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