HOW SAMMY HAGAR ‘RUINED EVERYTHING’ AT VAN HALEN’S FARM AID DEBUT
Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Register
Likes Likes:  17
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 29
  1. #1
    Soclal Media Manager
    James in New York's Avatar
    Join Date
    06.17.00
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    9,230
    Posts Per Day
    1.18
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Hear About it Later
    Last Online

    Today @ 06:06 AM
    Likes (Given)
    2929
    Likes (Received)
    2416
    Thanks (Given)
    4006
    Thanks (Received)
    3415

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!Thee KingPic Poster100,000 VHL Life Points

    Default HOW SAMMY HAGAR ‘RUINED EVERYTHING’ AT VAN HALEN’S FARM AID DEBUT

    Ultimate Classic Rock

    HOW SAMMY HAGAR ‘RUINED EVERYTHING’ AT VAN HALEN’S FARM AID DEBUT

    Matthew Wilkening
    September 22, 2021

    The inaugural edition of Farm Aid in 1985 was going to be the perfect place for Sammy Hagar to announce to the world that he had joined Van Halen.

    Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp's first-annual benefit show was being aired live on national television and radio, offering millions of people their first chance to hear Hagar and Eddie Van Halen perform together.

    "Too bad I screwed everything up," Hagar deadpanned in his 2012 memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock.

    Before accepting the job as David Lee Roth's successor as Van Halen's singer, Hagar had committed to playing the Sept. 22, 1985, Farm Aid show as a solo act.

    A plan was hatched for Eddie Van Halen to join Hagar and his band on Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," during which they would also announce their new musical partnership.

    Unfortunately, the raucous reaction Hagar received from the audience of 90,000 fans after opening his set with "There's Only One Way to Rock" got him a little too amped up and loose tongued.

    "I had that stadium rocking," Hagar recalled. "They loved me, were going crazy."

    It was the introduction to the next song, "I Can't Drive 55," that got Hagar in trouble.

    'Here's a song for all you tractor-pulling motherfuckers,' I said, and instantly they shut down the radio broadcast and turned the live TV feed off," he recalled.

    "I ruined everything. When I brought out Eddie, we were long off the air, and nobody saw or heard a thing."

    Watch Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen Perform at Farm Aid



    Regardless, the appearance went over well with the live crowd, and Van Halen, Hagar and his solo band flew home happy in a private plane the singer had rented for the special occasion.

    "It was a friendly transition from my band to Van Halen," he noted.

    Six months later, Van Halen's debut album with Hagar, 5150, became their first album to top the chart.

    At the new lineup's first full concert, it was the audience this time - not Hagar - that went a little too far: Fans knocked over a barricade in front of the stage during the show's opening song.
    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
    and you are the mirror.

    -Kahil Gibran

  2. ronwabo Liked This Post
  3. #2
    5150
    VH51504's Avatar
    Join Date
    11.07.07
    Location
    FLINT,MI
    Posts
    694
    Posts Per Day
    0.14
    Favorite VH Album

    all the above
    Favorite VH Song

    top jimmy
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 12:08 PM
    Likes (Given)
    61
    Likes (Received)
    59
    Thanks (Given)
    158
    Thanks (Received)
    79

    Achievements:
    Padawan Praiser5,000 VHL Life PointsOld GuardWell-Liked

    Default

    21 years old and dad has thrown him the keys to the car!!

  4. James in New York Liked This Post
  5. #3
    Soclal Media Manager
    James in New York's Avatar
    Join Date
    06.17.00
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    9,230
    Posts Per Day
    1.18
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Hear About it Later
    Last Online

    Today @ 06:06 AM
    Likes (Given)
    2929
    Likes (Received)
    2416
    Thanks (Given)
    4006
    Thanks (Received)
    3415

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!Thee KingPic Poster100,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
    and you are the mirror.

    -Kahil Gibran

  6. #4
    Little Dreamer

    Join Date
    10.27.20
    Posts
    8
    Posts Per Day
    0.02
    Last Online

    10.12.21 @ 08:42 AM
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    13
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    0

    Achievements:
    3 Months Registered250 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Anyone else feel bad for the bassist? He just seems so desperate and needy.

  7. #5
    Forum Frontman
    fudd's Avatar
    Join Date
    02.22.08
    Age
    42
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    21,448
    Posts Per Day
    4.30
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair warning, 5150
    Favorite VH Song

    HAIL, love walks in, 5150
    Last Online

    @
    Likes (Given)
    124
    Likes (Received)
    2268
    Thanks (Given)
    1404
    Thanks (Received)
    8511


    Donor

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Old Guard150,000 VHL Life Points
    Awards:
    Downloader Supreme

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Larsen View Post
    Anyone else feel bad for the bassist? He just seems so desperate and needy.
    Where?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  8. #6
    Top Of The World

    Join Date
    05.18.09
    Age
    48
    Location
    Philadelphia
    Posts
    4,999
    Posts Per Day
    1.10
    Favorite VH Album

    OU812
    Favorite VH Song

    Romeo Delight/Mine All Mine
    Last Online

    10.13.21 @ 07:33 AM
    Likes (Given)
    1573
    Likes (Received)
    1075
    Thanks (Given)
    2376
    Thanks (Received)
    2023

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!25,000 VHL Life PointsOld Guard

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Larsen View Post
    Anyone else feel bad for the bassist? He just seems so desperate and needy.
    The Electric Church? There's no desperation there my friend.

    RIP EVH 1955-2020

  9. MF5150, Bad to the Bone Liked This Post
  10. #7
    Take Your Whiskey Home
    DFVH5150's Avatar
    Join Date
    03.24.04
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    6,172
    Posts Per Day
    0.96
    Favorite VH Album

    5150
    Favorite VH Song

    Dreams
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 11:00 PM
    Likes (Given)
    2472
    Likes (Received)
    741
    Thanks (Given)
    3549
    Thanks (Received)
    1392

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserVHLinks Proud!Knight Of Da RoundtableSupremely-Liked50,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Sammy then proceeded to talk about his dick.
    Dave
    VH FOREVER!!!!!!!

    Stats:
    BECAME PSYCHO FAN: 12/91
    VAN HALEN W/DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN W/SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN W/GARY: 5x
    MAMMOTH WVH: 1x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 10x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

  11. #8
    The Full Bug
    KS 5150's Avatar
    Join Date
    12.07.07
    Location
    Calgary, AB
    Posts
    1,874
    Posts Per Day
    0.37
    Favorite VH Album

    1984, VH1, ADKOT
    Favorite VH Song

    ATBL, As Is
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 02:25 PM
    Likes (Given)
    1035
    Likes (Received)
    546
    Thanks (Given)
    1889
    Thanks (Received)
    601

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserWell-LikedVHLinks Proud!Old Guard25,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Unfortunately, the raucous reaction Hagar received from the audience of 90,000 fans after opening his set with "There's Only One Way to Rock" got him a little too amped up and loose tongued.

    "I had that stadium rocking," Hagar recalled. "They loved me, were going crazy."



    It's always all about Sam, isn't it?...
    "People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage." - David Lee Roth

  12. JUNGLE DRUMMER Liked This Post
  13. #9
    Hot For Teacher
    Little Dreamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    12.25.99
    Age
    49
    Location
    Pasadena, CA, USA
    Posts
    12,468
    Posts Per Day
    1.56
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Hear About It Later
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 04:26 PM
    Likes (Given)
    824
    Likes (Received)
    823
    Thanks (Given)
    2792
    Thanks (Received)
    2297

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!100,000 VHL Life PointsThee King

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Unfortunately, the raucous reaction Hagar received from the audience of 90,000 fans after opening his set with "There's Only One Way to Rock" got him a little too amped up and loose tongued.

    "I had that stadium rocking," Hagar recalled. "They loved me, were going crazy."



    It's always all about Sam, isn't it?...
    He's a rock star, and that's why he was great with VH. VH is a format, almost. And in that format, the dude up front needs to have a huge ego. You couldn't hang with the greatest rock guitar player that ever lived without a Texas-size ego.
    Little Dreamer

  14. YankeeRose, cabomiro, VH1986, DFVH5150, edhalen Liked This Post
  15. #10
    Hot For Teacher
    Little Dreamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    12.25.99
    Age
    49
    Location
    Pasadena, CA, USA
    Posts
    12,468
    Posts Per Day
    1.56
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Hear About It Later
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 04:26 PM
    Likes (Given)
    824
    Likes (Received)
    823
    Thanks (Given)
    2792
    Thanks (Received)
    2297

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!100,000 VHL Life PointsThee King

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by VH51504 View Post
    Imagine this today with social media, endless discussions and name calling.
    Little Dreamer

  16. #11
    Banned!
    JUNGLE DRUMMER's Avatar
    Join Date
    04.20.07
    Age
    47
    Posts
    20,393
    Posts Per Day
    3.85
    Favorite VH Album

    WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST/ADKOT
    Favorite VH Song

    EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 03:40 PM
    Likes (Given)
    8366
    Likes (Received)
    3392
    Thanks (Given)
    48590
    Thanks (Received)
    14288

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Old Guard200,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Unfortunately, the raucous reaction Hagar received from the audience of 90,000 fans after opening his set with "There's Only One Way to Rock" got him a little too amped up and loose tongued.

    "I had that stadium rocking," Hagar recalled. "They loved me, were going crazy."



    It's always all about Sam, isn't it?...
    It always was, in hindsight.

  17. #12
    Runnin' With The Devil
    jaybird's Avatar
    Join Date
    01.26.00
    Age
    56
    Location
    Springfield, MO. USA
    Posts
    1,358
    Posts Per Day
    0.17
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 04:12 PM
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    34
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    33


    Donor

    Achievements:
    15,000 VHL Life PointsThee King

    Default

    Grew up in Illinois and had tix to this show. Needless to say I was SO pumped to go. My girlfriend and I had seats on a bus for the 3 hour ride to Champaign/Urbana that morning. For some reason (which is still a mystery), my ever-reliable alarm didn't go off that morning and we missed the bus. My car at the time was a clunker and would have never made it there and back. So I missed it.

    "Bummed" doesn't even come close. 36 years years later and it still urks me that I missed Sam and Ed's first time on stage together.

    My girlfriend and I listened on the radio until that fateful moment when Sam's slip-up made them cut it off. Same thing happened on the Nashville Network which was broadcasting live. Whoopsie.

    Still have those tickets somewhere...

  18. James in New York, Bugs Meanie Liked This Post
  19. #13
    Top Of The World

    Join Date
    05.18.09
    Age
    48
    Location
    Philadelphia
    Posts
    4,999
    Posts Per Day
    1.10
    Favorite VH Album

    OU812
    Favorite VH Song

    Romeo Delight/Mine All Mine
    Last Online

    10.13.21 @ 07:33 AM
    Likes (Given)
    1573
    Likes (Received)
    1075
    Thanks (Given)
    2376
    Thanks (Received)
    2023

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!25,000 VHL Life PointsOld Guard

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Unfortunately, the raucous reaction Hagar received from the audience of 90,000 fans after opening his set with "There's Only One Way to Rock" got him a little too amped up and loose tongued.

    "I had that stadium rocking," Hagar recalled. "They loved me, were going crazy."



    It's always all about Sam, isn't it?...
    I'm not sure if you are suggesting that the stadium wasn't rocking and going crazy but listen to 55 and when the crowd sings "55" that is some of the loudest shit I've ever heard.

    RIP EVH 1955-2020

  20. VH1986, DFVH5150 Liked This Post
  21. #14
    carpe damn diem
    billy007's Avatar
    Join Date
    04.19.00
    Age
    57
    Location
    socially distant
    Posts
    32,638
    Posts Per Day
    4.16
    Favorite VH Song

    "Dance The Night Away"
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:28 AM
    Likes (Given)
    527
    Likes (Received)
    854
    Thanks (Given)
    1531
    Thanks (Received)
    2473

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Thee King150,000 VHL Life Points50,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    totally unrelated, but when has that ever stopped anybody - i just noticed that on Live: Right Here, Right Now, Sam's commie rock manifesto is only titled "One Way To Rock"! And I'm kind of stunned when I think that that song opened the "Live Without A Net" video (and then probably the shows on that tour). Couldn't imagine them opening with "Yankee Rose" once Dave came back (though I would've liked to have heard Ed's take on it at some point in the show - just not right out of the chute)
    If you like what you see here, please click here to donate!

  22. #15
    Top Of The World

    Join Date
    05.18.09
    Age
    48
    Location
    Philadelphia
    Posts
    4,999
    Posts Per Day
    1.10
    Favorite VH Album

    OU812
    Favorite VH Song

    Romeo Delight/Mine All Mine
    Last Online

    10.13.21 @ 07:33 AM
    Likes (Given)
    1573
    Likes (Received)
    1075
    Thanks (Given)
    2376
    Thanks (Received)
    2023

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!25,000 VHL Life PointsOld Guard

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    totally unrelated, but when has that ever stopped anybody - i just noticed that on Live: Right Here, Right Now, Sam's commie rock manifesto is only titled "One Way To Rock"! And I'm kind of stunned when I think that that song opened the "Live Without A Net" video (and then probably the shows on that tour). Couldn't imagine them opening with "Yankee Rose" once Dave came back (though I would've liked to have heard Ed's take on it at some point in the show - just not right out of the chute)
    They actually opened with "You Really Got Me" on the 5150 tour but it wasn't included on LWOAN release.

    Also, commie rock manifesto? What does that mean?
    RIP EVH 1955-2020

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. How David Lee Roth of Van Halen Almost Ruined My Marriage
    By James in New York in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03.06.21, 06:24 PM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03.14.13, 08:16 AM
  3. Why stubborness ruined Van Halen (for now)
    By Eddymon in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11.17.02, 09:23 PM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05.31.02, 09:17 PM
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05.31.02, 09:17 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •