Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar recently gave an interview with Rolling Stone and revealed that being called a member of Van Halen once embarrassed him.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar said the following:
“There was a time when I was embarrassed to say I was in Van Halen. About six or seven years ago, when they were out with Dave, Ed was still really in bad shape. They were out there making a lot of noise as Van Halen.
Somebody would say, ‘Sammy Hagar from Van Halen.’ And I would go, ‘Hey, hey. Just Sam Hagar. That’s enough.’ I wanted people to know, but it was almost like it was a black mark because Roth was doing crazy stuff, and Ed was doing crazy stuff. I didn’t want anyone to think that I was Diamond Dave.”
During an interview with Rolling Stone, singer Sammy Hagar was asked once again if he is thinking of merely a one-off Van Halen tribute show.
“I’m thinking of a one-off weekend or something where we give the money away to some cause. It can’t just be, ‘Hey, we’re going to grab some money.’ I got plenty of money. There’s nothing that I would do for money that I just wasn’t in love with the idea of doing. And I’m not in love with the idea of being Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen.
”Matter of fact, I’m dead against it. But I would love to play music with Alex and Mike again. I would love to play those songs again. And if we did a residency or a tribute, I would sing 50/50. I would sing half the Dave songs too for the Van Halen fans. And those songs are great. I don’t mind singing some of them. The lyrics don’t fit in my life today, but neither does ”Rock Candy” or ”Bad Motor Scooter.
“But I just think it’s crazy to do anything that’s called Van Halen without Eddie. I would love it if Dave wanted to do a tribute where he’d sing ten of his songs, and then I’d come out and do ten of mine. That would be great with Alex and Mike and maybe a bunch of different guitar players.
”Look at what Dave [Grohl] just did for Taylor [Hawkins]. That’s one of the greatest events in rock history. That’s right up there with the early Farm Aids, and right up there with Live Aid. That was a great event, and that could be done for Ed with everybody playing.”