- Dreams (Van Halen song)
"Dreams" Single by Van Halen from the album 5150 B-side "Inside" Released 1986 (US), 1987 (UK) Recorded 5150 Studios, Hollywood, California, 1985-1986 Genre Rock, hard rock Length 04:50 Label Warner Bros.
"Dreams" is a song by Van Halen released in 1986 from the album 5150. It was the second single from that album, and it reached #22 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. "Dreams" also appeared on the soundtrack to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie almost 10 years later, which introduced Van Halen to a new generation of potential fans.
"Dreams" was written during the Hagar era of the band and has become a staple at concerts. It was performed during most tours featuring Sammy Hagar, including the most recent Hagar reunion tour. Even the Gary Cherone-headed tour supporting Van Halen III featured the song in their set-list. The song was also used to close the 2004 Democratic National Convention, played after the acceptance speech of John Kerry. It was also used as the campaigns theme song at rallies across the country in 2004. The song's melodic and inspirational theme has proved to be popular with fans judging by the amount of applause that the band receives on the initial notes. During an interview with Hagar for Rolling Stones featuring questions from fans, Hagar said that Dreams (along with Right Now) was his favorite Van Halen song, with Dreams being his favorite if you pushed him. The song was also redone by Hagar by his solo band, now becoming a slower more mature/serious song done acoustically instead of a fast paced rock song.
Eddie Van Halen played both guitar and keyboards on the studio version of this song. During live performances on the 5150 tour, Eddie Van Halen played the keyboards and would switch to the guitar during the first solo, while Hagar played the rhythm parts until then. On later tours, he would play guitar only, while the keyboard piece was either played "off-stage" by a hired performer (such as Alan Fitzgerald of Night Ranger during the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour), or pre-recorded material was used. Another interesting note; during live performances on the chorus "We'll get higher and higher, straight up we'll climb. Higher and higher, leave it all behind", bassist Michael Anthony usually sings the second "higher" in both parts, but on the studio version, Sammy Hagar sings them both. This became a standard part of the song's live performances and Eddie Van Halen would also join in the singing.
There were technically three music videos made for the song. The most well known version was shot in 1986 and featured the Blue Angels performing a variety of aerial stunts. The other two videos were shot in March 1993 from a live performance at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, to celebrate the band's return to the venue after 15 years. (They last played at the venue in 1978.) One version of the video features newscasters and interviews with fans lining up outside the venue before the performance. The second version features far less commentary and more focus on the performance itself. The first version is available on Van Halen: Video Hits, Vol. 1. The second version can be seen at VH1Classic.com
In pop culture
The song was used on the ending scene of the movie Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
- Sammy Hagar - vocals
- Michael Anthony - bass / backup vocals
- Eddie Van Halen - guitar / synthesizer
- Alex Van Halen - drums
Van Halen singles discography Van Halen Van Halen II"Dance the Night Away" · "Beautiful Girls" Women and Children First Fair Warning Diver Down 1984 5150 OU812 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Live: Right Here, Right Now Balance Twister soundtrack Best of Volume I Van Halen III"Without You" · "Fire in the Hole"
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