Sammy Hagar recently had a conversation on the Professor of Rock YouTube channel and talked about the first time he found out that David Lee Roth quit Van Halen.
Van Halen was one of the biggest metal bands in the world and has been very successful since its formation. Formed in 1972, all of their albums that were released within the coming decade were certified multi-platinum. They disbanded in 2020 as the band’s lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, passed away after a long battle against cancer and saddened the metal world.
However, even before that, there were numerous times when Van Halen fans thought that they would disband. For instance, Van Halen’s legendary lead singer David Lee Roth quit the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career. Sammy Hagar, who would soon replace the frontman, apparently had an unusual reaction.
Hagar is mainly known as the lead singer of Van Halen between 1985-1996 and 2003-2005, and for replacing David Lee Roth. The singer admired the band even before he joined them, and therefore when he heard the news about DLR quitting, he didn’t understand why someone would do that.
Here is what he stated:
“I had a little premonition I wrote about in my book ‘Red.’ I was sitting at a dinner with my ex-wife, and the phone rang. It’s Ted Templeman talking about making my next record, and he goes ‘Wow, man! Did you hear that Dave Lee Roth has just quit Van Halen?’ I said ‘Really? He quit?’ He goes ‘Yeah.’ I’m going ‘Wow, what an idiot.’“
He continued by telling the story of how he told his then-wife that they would call him:
“And I sat back down and said to my ex-wife ‘They’re gonna call me.’ Because when it was that fresh in my brain, I thought that ‘They are not going to quit. This is Eddie Van Halen. He is just starting.’ And then I thought ‘Who can they call? They’re going to call me!’ You know, I’m one of the three: me, Dio, or Ozzy.”
You can watch the whole conversation below.