“We entered the studio to record in the fall of 2021 as the world began to emerge from the pandemic bubble we had all been living in,” Hagar noted in a press release. “The lyrics to ‘Crazy Times’ just came from the new freedom we felt, the freedom felt incredible but also a little uncertain. We had to ask ourselves, ‘What are we doing here and what do we want?’
“Going back into the studio, creating and being with the music just felt natural,” he continued. “And it was just so different from any record I’ve ever made. There was joy in the hard work, the catharsis and the camaraderie that we had required. It was like those two years of not being able to do very much , fell away and we all really came together and let it out in the music and the lyrics. We were able to express what we all felt.”
You can listen to “Crazy Times” below.
The new album was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville, but despite the location – and Cobb’s history with the genre seems like Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson – Hagar insisted that he had not left the country.
“David Cobb said, ‘I don’t want to do anything that sounds even remotely country on this record,’ because I wanted to make an Americana record, a little less hard rock,” the singer. previously explained. “He says, ‘I want to make.’ Standing Hampton. I want to make the record I grew up on, I want to hear you and Mikey [Anthony] sing like you did in ‘Top of the World’ along Van Halen. That’s what we get out of you.”
Hagar is set to resume his Crazy Times Summer Tour along side George Thorogood in August. The trip kicked out in June, but took a break for most of July as both artists played separate headlining dates.
“A tour of this magnitude has been a long time coming and it will definitely be worth the wait,” Hagar declared when the tour was announced. “The Circle and I are super excited and ready to throw the party of the year with George Thorogood. We want to take the music and the party to a whole new level – ‘Crazy Times’ is an understatement.”
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