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07 October 2023

Van Halen Share Newly-Remastered HD Video Of ‘Right Now’

Van Halen Right Now HD Video
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Van Halen have released a newly remastered official music video of the band’s classic track Right Now in HD on the official Van Halen YouTube channel for the first time. In 1992, the video won three awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, including the award for Video Of The Year. You can watch the Right Now video below.

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The band has just released a new boxed set spotlighting their second incarnation, with singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. The set includes newly remastered versions of four multi-platinum studio albums, along with a selection of rarities recorded between 1989 and 2004.

The Collection II is now available on five LPs or five CDs. All the music in the set was mastered directly from the original master tapes, a process overseen by the band’s longtime engineer, Donn Landee.

The new set is the long-awaited sequel to The Collection, a compilation released in 2015 that focused on the six studio albums recorded by the band’s original lineup, which featured singer David Lee Roth. The Collection II picks up where its predecessor left off and covers the four consecutive No. 1 albums released during the Hagar era: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991) and Balance (1995).

Right Now originally appeared on the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. The song reflects on living for the moment and not being afraid of making a change. In an interview with Fuzz magazine, Eddie Van Halen said instrumental dates back to 1983, “before I wrote Jump – it didn’t come out until about ’92, ’93 or something like that, cause nobody wanted anything to do with it.”

An early version of the melody appears in the 1984 movie The Wild Life which was scored by Eddie. The guitarist also stated that before vocalist Sammy Hagar was hired to replace David Lee Roth, he considered an album that would feature various guest singers, with Joe Cocker assigned to Right Now.

Hagar later said the lyrics for Right Now were the best he ever wrote for a Van Halen song. “I was tired of writing cheap sex songs,” he recalled in Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Video Revolution. “Eddie and I wanted to get serious and talk about world issues.”

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