Sammy Hagar Asked To Join Motley Crue, Pantera, Aerosmith and Velvet Revolver

(Gibson) Sammy Hagar has been on the biggest press junket of his career since the launch of his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Incendiary quotes about former band mate Eddie Van Halen and alien abductions have kept him on the front of music pages for months. Now, Hagar is back in the headlines as a result of comments the Red Rocker made on Forbes.com in which Hagar claims to have been asked (and refused) to join some of the biggest acts in hard rock.

"I was asked at one time to be in Mötley Crüe," Hagar said. "I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their mangers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit and went back to the Stone Temple Pilots. I was waiting to be asked to be in Led Zeppelin to say 'no,' since they were the greatest band on earth and no could replace Robert Plant. I was asked to be in Aerosmith and I said 'no.' Certain bands and certain front man singers are more difficult to replace than others. Steven Tyler and that band have stayed together for forty years and you don't to walk into something like that. They had one moment years ago, when they replaced Joe Perry, but it's still always been Steven at the front of Aerosmith. You don't replace that."

Hagar says there is a difference between the Aerosmith job and the Van Halen gig he took in 1985. "When I came into Van Halen, it was easy because Dave wasn't a great singer, but he was a good front man. In those times, I was selling out the same arenas they were, so it was like the combination of two forces and it worked—but it's a rare thing. We were all lucky that the fans accepted it and it got bigger. I would avoid bands that are going to break up pretty soon." more on this story

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