First, I have always believed that if an artist is going to cover a song then it should exactly as the original or it should be re-imagined. Synthwave artist, Arena, did a little of both with their cover of the Van Halen classic “Dreams”. Sammy Hagar, who sang and co-wrote the 1986 hit, loves it!
The Red Rocker said, “Arena’s cover of Dreams could be my favourite cover anyone has done of any of my songs, I’ll give it five stars and a must-hear.”
Arena’s Joey Arena commented, “If I could find the soundtrack to my childhood, no song would compete with Dreams,”...“I recall hearing it for my first time on the radio in 93′ but never got the name, and at the end of The Power Rangers Movie (1995). The song popped up and brought me full circle.”...“When I received word from my team that Sammy had wrapped ears around the track, I was beyond grateful for his time but then we received both written and visual endorsements, I became speechless and choked up. I grew up being a huge Sammy fan and to have this legend take a moment and acknowledge me, I remembered what it felt like to be a fan and no longer a musician.” Arena continued, “I have experienced some great achievements as a musician but this personally surpasses all of that. I cannot thank him and his team enough for making a dream come true. When I hear Dreams, it brings me to a younger, more free and imaginative self. What more could we really want from nostalgia?”
Check out the full song for yourself.
What do you think? Does the synthwave version get your approval? We would love to hear your thoughts.
-- Doug O’Brien