Eddie Van Halen Slammed By Dee Snider
The feud between Eddie and Sammy erupted after the guitarist made negative comments about Michael Anthony, downplaying the former Van Halen bass player and vocalist's contributions to the band.
Snider firsts defended Hagar, "You know, Sammy's the real deal. He's talented and he's a bad-ass. You know, he was a boxer before he was a singer, so he's fearless and he speaks his mind, and he has the success and the talent and the following to really back it up even more [than] the physical strength."
He then discussed Eddie Van Halen, "As far as Eddie goes, anybody who is really watching and paying attention, Eddie's out of his mind. I don't know, has anybody seen the thing where he just showed up and started jamming with some Mexican band at a restaurant and his boots were so destroyed that his toes were hanging out and his toenails?"
Snider asked the interviewer if they had seen the photos and when they answered no, he continued, "It's homeless s***. I first got wind of this back in the '90s when my son came home, who was about 8, and he said, 'Dad, do you know who Eddie Van Halen is?' And I'm like, 'Uh, yeah.' He goes, 'He was in my school today.' I was like, 'What? He was at your school?'
"This is on Long Island. Long story short, when he had the tongue cancer, his cancer specialist - one of them - was at Stony Brook University on Long Island, so he was flying in for treatment, [and] as a favor, because the teacher of this doctor's son was a Van Halen fan, he went to the school for a surprise visit to say hi to the teacher. But my son, he said that he looked like a homeless person. He looked like a bum, and I've heard that from so many people.
"So you're not dealing with a guy who has got it all together in the first place. With all of that being said, I don't even know what to say about him, other than bravo to Sammy for speaking out on Michael's behalf and not allowing that kind of trash-talk." Read the full exchange here.