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    When Sammy Hagar entered the studio to record what he thought would be the contract-fulfilling closing chapter of his solo career with 1987′s I Never Said Goodbye LP, he brought along his new Van Halen bandmate Eddie Van Halen to play bass and co-produce — and he also played a brief burst of uncredited guitar that’s remained a source of speculation for nearly 30 years.

    Although Hagar joked to Guitar Player that he only asked Van Halen to handle bass duties because “otherwise, he’d have been hounding me to play guitar,” Van Halen countered, “I told him that before the record’s done, I’ll have played at least one note on the guitar. And I did!”

    Hagar confirmed Van Halen’s version of events, although the duo declined to reveal which track he played on. Calling it a “mystery lick,” Hagar added, “Towards the end of the album he said, ‘Why don’t you try playing something like this?’ And I said, ‘Why don’t you just do it? There’s your lick on my record!’”

    Now that a few decades have passed, Hagar’s apparently ready to spill the beans. In a Facebook post commemorating the album’s 28th anniversary, he writes, “I played all the guitar on this record. Eddie did one small part in ‘Eagles Fly’ in the middle instrumental section — he did his finger tapping chimes.”

    “Overall I love this record, songs like ‘Give to Live’ and ‘Eagles Fly’ have gone on to be classics for me — they were even incorporated into the Van Halen live show during my acoustic performances,” he adds. “Damn, I miss this record, I’m gonna go put it on right now.”

    You can check out “Eagles Fly” above, ready to play just before the part of the song that seems likely to feature Van Halen’s guitar cameo. Have a listen and see if you think the “mystery lick” has been solved.


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    If I remember right, Ed plays the intro to the guitar solo on Eagles Fly.

    what's most interesting to me when I listen to this record is how much better it sounds production wise than 5150 or OU812, everything is crisp and clear and you can hear the bass.

    there's some good tunes on it too....Back Into You, Eagles, GTL and When the Hammer Falls are all really cool tunes.

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    Wait, a thread detailing something positive about these guys?

    Glory be!

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    Pure Eddie, that majestic swell and those tasty harmonic taps!
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    The album kinda got lost in the shuffle since it was between 5150 and OU812, but I thought it was a good one. Returning Home was always my favorite cut. That's Edward with Jesse and David on the, "once upon returning home" part , right? Also, I may be misremembering, but wasn't Winner Takes it All released about the same time period? Sam had a knack for writing songs for movie soundtracks.
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    Doesn't mention Ed playing bass in the facebook post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post


    Doesn't mention Ed playing bass in the facebook post.
    Probably because Sam had to tell Ed what notes to play.
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    For some reason I always thought the lick was on "Privacy".
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    Always liked this album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddymon View Post
    For some reason I always thought the lick was on "Privacy".
    Me too! For many years I thought that. Then years later some tapping on "Back into You" I thought was him, too. Can't believe I never noticed the EF guitar solo intro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    If I remember right, Ed plays the intro to the guitar solo on Eagles Fly.

    what's most interesting to me when I listen to this record is how much better it sounds production wise than 5150 or OU812, everything is crisp and clear and you can hear the bass.

    there's some good tunes on it too....Back Into You, Eagles, GTL and When the Hammer Falls are all really cool tunes.
    "Give to Live" will always be my favorite non-VH Sammy song. Well, after "Future in the Past" and "Turnin' Left." "Eagles Fly" is certainly up there, too.

    "When the Hammer Falls" is such a bad-ass rocker. Always dug "Returning Home," too. Such a unique song. I was glad to hear both live in '97-'99.
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    DAVE SOLO: 13x
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    Quote Originally Posted by hagarfn View Post
    The album kinda got lost in the shuffle since it was between 5150 and OU812, but I thought it was a good one. Returning Home was always my favorite cut. That's Edward with Jesse and David on the, "once upon returning home" part , right? Also, I may be misremembering, but wasn't Winner Takes it All released about the same time period? Sam had a knack for writing songs for movie soundtracks.
    WTIA is also one of my favorite Sammys. EVH on bass too!
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    I thought that was always known. Seems like the VH Encyclopedia in '98 mentioned it.

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    Part of me wishes Sammy would have never joined the VH guys. Really liked him a lot as a solo artist.

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