…and even Pantera, says Sammy, as he discusses formula for a successful career and developing a healthy attitude to money

Sammy Hagar

Winning: Sammy Hagar

Chickenfoot frontman Sammy Hagar says he’s been asked to join Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and even Pantera.

But he said no to each of them – and if he’d been offered the job replacing Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin, he’d have refused that invitation too.

Hagar says it’s all in agreement with the strategy he’s developed to maintaining a successful career. And he argues that developing a healthy approach to finances and branding is all part of the deal.

He tells Forbes.com: “I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit. I was waiting to be asked to be in Led Zeppelin – and I’ve had said no, since they were the greatest band on earth and no one could replace Robert Plant.

“That’s why I said no to Aerosmith too. Certain bands and certain signers are too difficult to replace Steven Tyler and that band have been together for forty years and you don’t want to walk into something like that.”

But Hagar says Van Halen’s situation was different, and that’s why he agreed to replace original frontman David Lee Roth in 1985.

“It was easy because Dave isn’t a great singer,” he explains. “Although he’s a good frontman. We were all lucky the fans accepts it and it got bigger.”

He says one of the rules to replacing anyone is making sure you don’t wind up in a band which is about to split up. And he adds it’s important to keep control of your career.

“I’m interested in business because I was so poor growing up,” Hagar says. “As soon as I got money out of rock I invested it, in case my career ended the next day.

“You get hooked when you make a couple of investments and they’re successful. Winning becomes addictive. It’s a great feeling – it’s no different to walking out on stage in a sold-out arena.

“I’ve always seen it as a creative thing. It’s not about money. Money will not satisfy anything; it will just pay bills for you.

“Once you figure out who you are, how you want to live and what you want the money to do for you, it’s the most beautiful tool in the world. Otherwise it’s ugly.”

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