Alleged mother of Sammy lovechild takes action over his autobiography as Chickenfoot band mate says singer found album work challenging
An unnamed woman is taking legal action against Chickenfoot frontman Sammy Hagar for breaching a secrecy agreement over an alleged lovechild in his autobiography.
The resident of Waterloo, Iowa, is believed to be the Playboy bunny mentioned by Hagar in Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, published earlier this year.
She claims he had a child with her in the 1980s when he was fronting Van Halen. The boy, identified as “Dylan” in court papers, died young.
In the book Hagar denies he was the father and says she tried to extort money from him while she was pregnant.
The “Jane Doe” in the court papers has filed a suit citing breach of contract, saying they had an agreement not to reveal details of their past. She says she wasn’t told about the book and the passage forced her to relive painful memories.
Hagar’s representatives say they are aware of the lawsuit but have not commented.
Meanwhile, Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony, who was also a member of Van Halen, says the singer found work on their new album more challenging than anything he’d done in the past.
The supergroup’s second album found Anthony and bandmates Joe Satriani and Chad Smith in a powerful musical lock-down – leading to Hagar having to work harder than he’d done in the past.
Anthony tells the Nervous Breakdown: “Musically, Chad, Joe and myself were on fire. We recorded two basic tracks a day for the first four days – we were like, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom!’
“I think it was a little bit of a challenge for Sammy because there were a lot of ideas coming at him and once and he was like, ‘Whoa, slow down, guys!’
“One of the songs, Different Devil, Sammy had really no idea what he wanted to do. Chad actually ended up coming up with this little thing in the chorus – he put on a guitar and started singing.
“Sammy couldn’t get that out of his head. Then he goes down to Cabo and gets inspired by talking to people that he knows down there, and next thing I know he’s calling on the phone and saying, ‘Oh Mike, I got the best idea for this song!’
“We went in and re-cut the track, and for me, I think it’s one of the better tracks on the record. It was a bit more challenging for Sammy than the rest of us because, musically, there were a lot of ideas, and Sammy’s trying ot keep up and put his 110% in too.”