Sammy Hagar Re-Forms HSAS With Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith
Sammy Hagar and Journey guitarist Neal Schon have a long history that includes the ’80s era outfit HSAS. After venturing off with their own careers over the years, the pair has come back together to revive HSAS with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Anthony and Smith also play with Hagar in his current band Chickenfoot.
New video has surfaced from the studio in which the foursome got together for a jam session. Hagar reveals during their time together, they laid down three tracks including a new version of the Chickenfoot favorite ‘Going Down.’ The vocalist doesn’t reveal the other two tracks but explains that they include an already established cut and a song they wrote on the fly.
In the video, Hagar reveals that the jam started as a way to record some new songs for his next CD, though Schon jokes that they could have been for his disc, but it eventually turned into an HSAS jam.
The original HSAS included bassist Kenny Aaronson and drummer Michael Shrieve, but luckily Anthony and Smith’s initials worked perfectly to revive the name. The initial HSAS released a partially live disc titled ‘Through the Fire’ recorded at the Warfield in San Francisco in 1984.
Watch HSAS Recording in the Studio