With the recent passing of Eddie Van Halen, Sammy 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: