Influenced by an artist, especially someone like Bob Dylan, is an inevitable part of being a musician. As a well-respected name, Dylan is among the most covered artists of all time, proving his impact on other musicians. In a recent interview with Kyle Meredith, Sammy Hagar also admitted that he was greatly influenced by Dylan while crafting the song ‘Childhood’s End’ from the Circle’s latest album, ‘Crazy Times.’
Hagar was initially asked if there was any similarity between ‘Childhood’s End’ and the Van Halen song ‘Humans Being,’ used as a soundtrack for the film ‘Twister.’ He responded, “You know what, that was already picking on ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ [laughing]. I had already stolen that before I stole it again for myself this time.”
After admitting that he was inspired by Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ Sammy Hagar also said that it was not a conscious move. “But yeah, I wasn’t thinking about that. When you are creating a lot of times, you hear things that are identical to what somebody else did,” he explained. “And you are unconscious of it because you think you’re writing it yourself, and you think you are hearing it in your head, especially at my age.”
The rocker continued, “I’ve got a lot up there [points at head], a lot of music. I’ve heard a lot of things. Yeah, I love that part; that’s Mikey’s background vocal [humming ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’].” So, Sammy Hagar highlighted that hearing his influences in his head is very difficult to avoid, as they somehow sneak into the creation process even without noticing.
Sammy Hagar has been making music with the Circle since 2014. After two albums released in 2019 and 2021, the band used their time during the pandemic by working on a new record. Hagar’s third effort with the Circle, ‘Crazy Times’ arrived on September 30 and was praised for the quality of its sound.