Sammy Hagar and the Circle have announced the release of their third studio album.
They recorded Crazy Times in 2021 in Nashville at the iconic RCA Studio A. It contains 10 songs and will be out on CD and digitally on September 30th, with vinyl following on October 28th.
Hagar says, “Before I stepped into the studio with [producer] Dave [Cobb], he’d told me he wanted the best of my career on this record, and he wasn't going to let me get out of that studio until I gave it to him.
"So, I said, ‘If you expect that from me, at my age, as many records as I've made, you're going to have to push me,’ and he said no problem. Obviously, I dug down and just tried to write good strong songs, great lyrics, great melodies and not worry so much about the arrangements because he had that covered. And he pushed and squeezed every one of us. We went in the studio with seven songs and came out with 10. We ended up co-writing three songs with Dave and the band -- including the new track, 'Crazy Times.'”
The 10th song is a cover of Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up."
With today's (Friday) announcement comes the release of the title track and accompanying video.
Hagar says the lyrics for "Crazy Times" came from that "new freedom we were feeling, the freedom felt unbelievable, but a little uncertain, too. We had to ask ourselves ‘what are we doing here and what do we want?’”
Crazy Times is the band’s first album since 2020's Lockdown 2020.
Hagar and The Circle resume their tour on August 6th in Salamanca, New York.
Crazy Times track list:
- Intro: The Beginning of the End
- Slow Down
- Feed Your Head
- Pump It Up
- Be Still
- You Get What You Pay For
- Crazy Times
- Funky Feng Shui
- Father Time
- Childhoods End
Check out "Crazy Times" here