Sammy Hagar Autobiography Excerpts

Published by: Geno on 11th Feb 2011 | View all blogs by Geno
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The Marin Independent Journal posted some excerpts from the forthcoming autobiography from Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose)

On seeing Eddie Van Halen just before the 2003 Van Halen Reunion Tour: 
 "I hadn't seen him in 10 years. He looked like he hadn't bathed in a week. He certainly hadn't changed his clothes in at least that long. He wasn't wearing a shirt. He had on a giant overcoat and army pants, tattered and ripped at the cuffs, held up with a piece of rope. I'd never seen him so skinny in my life. He was missing a number of teeth and the ones he had left were black. His boots were so worn out he had gaffer's tape wrapped around them and his big toe still stuck out."

The punches don't stop there:
"This was Eddie Van Halen, one of the sweetest guys I'd ever met. He had turned into the weirdest (expletive) I'd ever seen, crude, rude and unkempt."

In the mid-80's, Hagar replaced vocalist David Lee Roth in Van Halen.  This is what Sammy thought of Roth:
"I hated Dave.....The guy rubbed me wrong. I'm sure I rub all kinds of people wrong, so it's not like I'm putting him down. The guy was a great front man, great attitude in rock, and had an image from hell, but I just couldn't stand the guy. He was the opposite of what I believed in and what I am. First of all, the guy's not a great singer and he acts like he's the coolest, hottest guy in the world when, to me, he looks gay."

On his time with Van Halen:
"I was eating in the greatest restaurants, drinking the finest wine, flying on private jets, walking on stage to sold-out audiences going crazy. The only thing missing was ... I don't think anything was missing."

There is also plenty of sex in the book as well.  Hagar referred to Van Halen as
"the biggest rock band in the world," and says that he had is own sex tent under the stage and would fill it with "five or six girls" nightly.  The singer reveals that he would have sex with them during Eddie's guitar solo.

Aside from music, Hagar has been quite successful in business.  From his
travel agency in Mill Valley, to his sprinkler company in Fontana, the man has made money.  However, none of his non-music ventures made as much as his Cabo Wabo Tequila deal, which the singer sold for $80 million, while still retaining a 20% share.

"If I wanted to be a billionaire, I probably could.....It's probably not that hard. But I'm not interested."

Read the entire article at this location.


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