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    Kevin C. Johnson of STLtoday.com recently conducted an interview with Sammy Hagar. A few excerpts follow:

    STLtoday.com: What's it like having "Hall of Famer" in front of your name?

    Hagar: It's really exciting, being there and standing next to Keith Richards and people I looked up to my entire career. That puts my name in the same light as my heroes, and that really affected my self-confidence and how I feel about where I am and what I did in music. It was a feeling like I'd arrived.

    STLtoday.com: After all you've accomplished over the past few decades, how can you talk about arriving and self-confidence?

    Hagar: You'd be surprised. There's always somebody criticizing me, ever since I reinvented myself in 1996 after I left VAN HALEN and stopped being that heavy metal rock guy to become the lifestyle guy. I got heat from critics and fans who thought I was too mellow and sold out. I'm always taking shots. Now you can shoot all you want, but be careful. You might hit Keith Richards.

    STLtoday.com: How did you feel about so many of VAN HALEN's members being no-shows at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony? (Only Hagar and Michael Anthony showed up; Eddie Van Halen has been in and out of rehab this year.)

    Hagar: It was a shame, the one negative in the whole giant positive thing. If Ed had been capable of being there, and if the five of us, including Dave (singer David Lee Roth), had been there, because he belongs there as much as me, and we'd thrown all the crap out the window and done four or five songs, it would've been the highlight of all inductions.

    VAN HALEN is one of the most powerful bands in the world, and we wanted to accept this with dignity and do the right thing. But VAN HALEN has never done the right thing. VAN HALEN always did everything wrong and backwards, and that was the icing on the cake. To screw that up makes all the sense in the world.

    STLtoday.com: What do you think of the on-again off-again nature of the VAN HALEN tour this year (a planned reunion tour crumbled)?

    Hagar: I pay attention as much as I don't want to. It's like watching your brothers and sisters screw up. I've told Alex (Van Halen) and others I'm not interested in a VAN HALEN reunion at this point in my life. They need to do one with Dave for the fans first, get that out of the way. I'm having too much fun with the WABOS and how we approach our music and lives. It's so rewarding and fun, and I can't imagine doing anything else now.

    STLtoday.com: Do you think they'll tour again?

    Hagar: Since I left, they've only toured twice, once with Gary (Cherone) and once with me. Other than that, they've never done it. Something's really wrong. I don't think it'll ever work. They tried again and again, and they can't do it. I don't know what the problem is because I'm not there to see it, but it must be ugly.

    STLtoday.com: Is it true you sold a major interest in your Cabo Wabo tequila brand for $80 million to Skyy Spirits?

    Hagar: It's true. I took on some partners who are some of the biggest distributors in the world. I needed someone to take it to the next level, so I made the deal for worldwide distribution. They gave me so much damn money it's stupid. But I've been a rich rock star for so long money doesn't mean that much to me. It ain't about money, and I wish everyone would believe that. I already own everything I want. And if Jimmy Buffett woke up with my money he would file Chapter 11.

    Read the entire interview at STLtoday.com.

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    Just posted the article in the Sam's new DVD thread. Probably deserves it's own thread though.
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    Well, can't disagree with what he says.....VH has always pretty much done stuff backwards.
    Plus, you can't hear how he said it in print....don't know if he was saying this while laughing, or was dead serious.

    That would have been cool if they all could have shown up at the HOF, checked the egos at the door, and jammed 4-5 songs like he mentioned.
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    Sam's the best. He gets it.
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    Sam's right. The whole thing shoulda been done up right..

    Maybe Sam got to snort some of Keef's Dad too...

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    I agree with this interview outside of the the statement about Dave belonged at the hall as much as Sammy. Well that is nice to know. The guy who helped get the band on the map and is one of the most identifiable lead singers deserves it as much as Sammy. Sam I love your music, love what you did with the band but Dave belongs there more than you. While your erea helped get the band in, the first 6 albums was the reason why they were even considered. I am sure the crowd was wowed by seeing you up on stage. They were going "is that Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony up on stage? Can you believe it?" They wanted to see Dave and Eddie. I give you props because only you and Mike did the right thing and you gave it your best.


    Good interview and he is right on 99% of what he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I agree with this interview outside of the the statement about Dave belonged at the hall as much as Sammy. Well that is nice to know. The guy who helped get the band on the map and is one of the most identifiable lead singers deserves it as much as Sammy. Sam I love your music, love what you did with the band but Dave belongs there more than you. While your erea helped get the band in, the first 6 albums was the reason why they were even considered. I am sure the crowd was wowed by seeing you up on stage. They were going "is that Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony up on stage? Can you believe it?" They wanted to see Dave and Eddie. I give you props because only you and Mike did the right thing and you gave it your best.


    Good interview and he is right on 99% of what he said.


    I gotta agree with ya on all that Ziggy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I agree with this interview outside of the the statement about Dave belonged at the hall as much as Sammy. Well that is nice to know.
    I had the over/under at 5 posts before someone commented on that line. I totally get your point but I do think you're reading too much into it. I don't think Sam meant it in any disparaging way, he's just saying Dave should have been there. That's all.
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    I think it is a good interview. Let's face it, are Sam's words wrong? The fact of the matter is, whenever there was a right way to do something and a wrong way to do something, VAN HALEN almost always went the latter!

    I don't believe Sam meant that comment as a shot at Van Halen. I think he was simply being brutally frank.
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    I agree with this interview outside of the the statement about Dave belonged at the hall as much as Sammy. Well that is nice to know. The guy who helped get the band on the map and is one of the most identifiable lead singers deserves it as much as Sammy.


    I dont think Sammy meant to take a shot at Dave. I have heard him say before that Dave was the original front man and deserves the RRHOF more than he does (dont get me wrong Sammy thinks he belongs alos LOL). Also, Sammy has been pushing for the Dave fronted VH for over 2 years!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken combs View Post
    I think it is a good interview. Let's face it, are Sam's words wrong? The fact of the matter is, whenever there was a right way to do something and a wrong way to do something, VAN HALEN almost always went the latter!

    I don't believe Sam meant that comment as a shot at Van Halen. I think he was simply being brutally frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsnmotley View Post
    and if the five of us, including Dave (singer David Lee Roth), had been there, because he belongs there as much as me.

    Gee, thanks Sam............
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippieLettuce View Post
    Gee, thanks Sam............
    Hey......at least HE had the balls to show up!

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    We can nitpick that line to death, and probably will (with multiple threads), but I agree that he was just pointing out that he knows it wasn't all about him (Sam). The fact that he even felt he had to acknowledge Dave at all could have been avoided very easily by a certain guy named Dave, on a certain night back in early March.

    He's dead on about the situation, though. It's been screwy for years.


    Then again Sam was doing it backwards in '04, he even told me to turn my clock back, as I recall.

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    Semantics police on the hunt. Here we go.

    The rest of the article is interesting too. An all acoustic gig in Saint Louis? Total unplugged versions of Van Halen songs?

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