With the recent passing of Eddie Van HalenSammy Hagar regrets the bitterness with which he wrote of his split from the guitarist and Van Halen in his 2011 memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock. During an appearance on Rock This With Allison Hagendorf, the “Red Rocker” revealed, “I kind of wish I would have been a little more conservative about the Van Halen years — but I was angry when I wrote the book. They threw me out of the band, and they did it ruthlessly.”

He went on to say, “God rest Eddie’s soul; I love him to death. But him and his brother are pretty tough guys to deal with, if they go against you. They really made it harder on me at a weird time in my life.”

Hagar explained why his book took on an almost brutal honesty: “I was angry when I wrote that stuff, but I didn’t enhance it. Believe me, if anything, I was kind to those gentlemen at that time in our lives. And I’m so glad we came back together. But if I’d waited a little longer, I wouldn’t have been so angry and there wouldn’t have been so much angst in it.”

  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle 2021 tour dates (subject to change):
    May 23 – Key West, FL – Key West Amphitheater
    May 25, 26 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center
    June 1, 2 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre


  • Sammy Hagar recorded four studio albums with Van Halen between 1985 and 1995, rejoining briefly in 2004 for a disastrous reunion trek.
  • Although Van Halen never scored a Number One album with David Lee Roth fronting the band, all four of the band’s studio sets featuring Sammy Hagar topped the Billboard 200 album charts — 5150 (1986); OU812 (1988); For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991); and Balance (1995).

CHECK IT OUT: Van Halen on September 13th, 2004 performing “Runaround” live in Puerto Rico: