Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen For Blocking TV Performance: Sammy Hagar News
Hagar says he discovered the issue when he was a taping of his appearance on a television show earlier this year. "I'd like this to be known," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "The Van Halen brothers will not allow me to do any of my own songs on TV. They can't stop me from doing them live, because they've tried and they can't. They want to pretend like Van Hagar never existed. The only Number One albums they've had in their life, and they want to pretend like they never happened. I don't know why they hate me so bad, but I guess I'm too happy for them.
"Yes, it's true. They wouldn't let me do them. I can hire an attorney and fight them and I'm going too, but I didn't have time to do that then. On the new Circle DVD we're making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music. And Van Halen said, 'No.' And then I said, 'F*** you.' I don't need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they're trying to do."
"It's unbelievable that Led Zeppelin lets us cover their songs on TV and anywhere else," he continues, "and the brothers won't let me sing my f***ing songs. And why? 'Cause they can't do them anymore. Without me, they can't play those songs, and they're f***ing jealous. And that's the thing that gives me comic relief out of the whole thing."
Still bitter over his 1996 split with Van Halen and a failed reunion attempt in 2004 to market an ill-conceived greatest hits package, Hagar maintains it's up to the Alex and Eddie to step up and apologize. Read his comments about that - here.
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