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    Default Long-Shot Letter to Rock Star Pays Off for Aspiring Artist

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-c...b_5688919.html

    Has this already been posted?

    Once again . . . one of the fan friendliest, classiest dudes in the biz (Sam).

    "Inside was a hand-written response from Hagar, who not only had taken the time to acknowledge her letter with one of his own, but actually gave her his blessing to use the song. "

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    Pretty cool of Sam.

    Met him once, he's a cool dude.

    PS Am I a dick if I point out the horrid grammar by a man that writes songs for a living?

    PPS I know I'm a dick. Just whether I am MORE of a dick in this particular instance.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Pretty cool of Sam.

    Met him once, he's a cool dude.

    PS Am I a dick if I point out the horrid grammar by a man that writes songs for a living?

    PPS I know I'm a dick. Just whether I am MORE of a dick in this particular instance.



    The polls are still out, Davy D.

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    Sammy will never miss an opportunity to take a shot at them.

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    Sammy needs to STFU!!!.... wait... errrr... ok, carry-on...
    Sings like a bird. Rocks like a pig.

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    Very cool!!!
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    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

    "High speed, low drag."

    "Look at all the people here tonight!!!" - 10/5/07, 5/20/08 Mohegan Sun

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    Damn, cool story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    PS Am I a dick if I point out the horrid grammar by a man that writes songs for a living?
    Know.
    "The less I needed, the better I felt." ~ Charles Bukowski.

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    class move from a class guy. all the hater deal with it. Sammy is a good guy.

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    Aside from the constant shots at VH there's no doubt Sam is a down to earth rock star. But, honestly, this is the type of letter that should've been ignored. Sam knows this aint happening. He didn't need to respond. Which, at the very least, could lead one to believe putting the pressure on VH may have been part of his thinking in responding.

    Why this woman doesn't realize her request is quite ridiculous is quite ridiculous!

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    Sammy wrote that the song was co written with the other VH guys, so is Sammy admitting that Al writes too??? He did say "guys'... Interesting that Mike never wrote her a letter with his approval... Maybe he doesn't want her to use it either...
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    Is it even up to the band? surely warner bros or whoever has the ultimate say of who uses what, even if all 4 members agreed. I don't know, but that's just my assumption...

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    It depends on a multitude of items, but it is considered good manners to ask permission of the original songwriters. As a matter of convenience, most artists have one of the large companies like ASCAP or BMI manage their song rights.

    As for Mike, he signed away his songwriting rights, he only gets performance royalties off of his tenure in Van Halen. And yes, Alex gets songwriting credit.

    I just checked, you could cover Van Halen's "Right Now" and it would cost $470 in licensing fees per 5,000 digital downloads. Additional rates apply for ringtones, CD copies, etc.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

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    I can relate to this story. I sent a letter to Sam back in like 99 when I was around 15. He wrote back an entire front and back handwritten letter and included a couple picks and stuff too. I still have it all of course. It was insanely cool, and also cool that years later on a CF google+ hangout I got to tell him about it. It doesn't get much cooler than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    Aside from the constant shots at VH there's no doubt Sam is a down to earth rock star. But, honestly, this is the type of letter that should've been ignored. Sam knows this aint happening. He didn't need to respond. Which, at the very least, could lead one to believe putting the pressure on VH may have been part of his thinking in responding.

    Why this woman doesn't realize her request is quite ridiculous is quite ridiculous!

    Is there anything the folks who hate Sam won't criticize?

    Maybe his Food Bank donations can be next.

    Good grief.
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