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.