Right Now, Sammy Hagar And Van Halen Still Can’t Agree On Anything

AP080829012782.jpgJohn McCain’s Friday rally announcing that Sarah Palin would be his running mate on the Republican Presidential ticket* was capped by a rousing play of Van Halen’s “Right Now,” a song selection that put Van Halen’s management in a snit. “Permission was not sought or granted nor would it have been given,” an unidentified person in the Van Halen camp told TMZ. But tequila maven and longtime GOP supporter Sammy Hagar–who sang the lyrics that the McCain/Palin campaign was so inspired by–begs to disagree! He thinks “Right Now” is a song for everyone, no matter what the jerks who are now touring under the Van Halen banner might think.

“When I wrote the lyrics to “Right Now” I intended them to inspire people to not sit around and wait for something they believed in but to go out and get it — to make a change however they needed to,” said Sammy Hagar. “Whether it was McCain who used the song or if Obama had chosen to use the song, with the current political climate, the lyrics still have the same meaning, and we all need to do something to make a difference, every action counts. In fact, I still feel so strongly about this that I wrote a new song “Cosmic Universal Fashion” with a young Iraqi musician in an attempt to motivate a new generation to the same affect. I am pleased to be associated with the lyrics to my original song and the new one in hopes that both will make people move to make a difference.”

He may not be able to drive 55, but he can reach across the aisle–and promote his new song while he’s at it! Obviously, this tiff is the least of the McCain campaign’s problems right now, but I think that once things die down a bit, McCain, Palin, and all Van Halen members past and present should sit down for a nice dinner where they can talk all this stuff out. Hey, I know just what they can serve:

Statement From Sammy Hagar Regarding ‘Right Now’ Usage by John McCain [MarketWatch]
Van Halen Mad At McCain [HuffPo]

* You know, during that innocent moment when she only seemed a little crazy and underqualified?

  • Al Shipley

    If there was anyone left in America who didn’t think of McCain as being super old already, his choice of Van Hagar over the DLR era clinched it.

  • Mick Kraut

    I understand to a point if an artist wants to make certain that people do not construe the usage of a song as an endorsement. That said, when did it become required to secure PERMISSION to play a song at an event? Would I be correct in assuming that only one party seems to be held to a permission standard?

    Hats off to Hagar as his comments are the right ones in all of this. (did I just say that?)…

  • Chris Molanphy

    Crystal Gravy reference FTW. Glad I’m not the only one whose mind inevitably goes there when this song comes up.

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  • djmedi4

    shame on Sammy.

    what is he hoping for? a check from the RNC?

    sell your tequila, enjoy your beachfront property, and
    stay out of politics, Sam.

    don’t be a douche.

  • Anonymous

    The Cradle Will Rock is the Helen tune that would be most fitting. I think even the band would agree!

  • Anonymous

    Right Now, the Republican Party is being their usual douche-bags… and don’t get the point of the song. Much like Ronny “I Can’t Remember” Reagan used “Born in the USA” without even knowing what the meaning of that song was!