Sammy says band are on verge of collapse again… but his warts-and-all biography should make them want to finish album
Sammy Hagar insists his warts-and-all biography, which includes detailed stories about his time with Van Halen, is actually doing the band a favour.
The singer says their current studio sessions are not going well – but if what he’s written angers them enough to focus on creating music, all will be well.
Hagar has completed two stints fronting the band and recently revealed how he tried to quit during his last outing, but was thwarted by contract clauses. Original singer David Lee Roth is working with Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen on a new album, but Hagar understands there’s a great deal of tension surrounding the project.
Hagar tells MTV Hive: “It’s not going so good. That’s what I’ve heard through the grapevine, that they’ve already fired one producer, and Eddie and Dave can’t be in the same room together. If they can’t be in the same room how can they make a record?
“I think I’m doing them a favour with my book. It may put a fire under their asses to swallow some pride and make another record for the fans. They haven’t had a record since 1995 when we made Balance. They did one with Gary Cherone which doesn’t count – and they’ve done nothing but greatest hits ever since.
“I’m dogging them because it’s time. They’d better make a great record for their fans, and I don’t care if it’s with David or with me.”
Regardless of who’s singing, Hagar believes the superstardom days are behind them, and indeed all rock bands. But he has warm memories of the times when they had sex tents set up under the stage for use during shows.
He says: “When you’re young and you’re rich and you’re the lead singer of the biggest band in the world, sex is thrown at you. But I don’t know whose idea the sex tents were – I think it was the team who built the stages. They just thought it was part of the deal: ‘This is Van Halen, the guys must want sex tents, right?’
“That was a special era – when we rolled into town we owned that town. But those days are gone. There are some country artists that big, and maybe U2, but that’s about it. I did ten shows with Aerosmith last summer and they all had tents, but they had mirrors and wardrobe people and hairdryers and stuff in them.”
In the full interview about Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Hagar repeats his decades-old comments about having had contact with aliens when he was young.