During an appearance on Professor Of Rock, former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has revealed the potential names that Eddie Van Halen could hire as the band’s lead singer instead of him.
As most of you know, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to embark on a solo career due to internal disputes back in 1985. Following that, the band started to look for someone to replace DLR. After seeing Hagar’s great performance with Montrose in the same year, Eddie Van Halen quickly hired Sammy Hagar as the band’s lead singer within the same year.
Sammy Hagar worked with Van Halen for several albums and many chart hits. The fans often referred to that time as the ‘Van Hagar’ era. However, the Red Rocker left the band in 1996 as a result of disagreements. Years later, in 2003, Hagar returned to Van Halen and worked with them until 2005.
Recalling the time he first learned that DLR left Van Halen, Sammy Hagar talked to Professor Of Rock about the other possible replacements he had thought of. Moreover, he said that Eddie Van Halen could hire two other names back when David Lee Roth left. The musician then said Eddie Van Halen’s best options were: Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, and himself.
Sammy Hagar told Professor Of Rock that:
“I had a little premonition I wrote about in my book ‘Red.’ [At those times,] 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.’
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 check out the rest of the interview below.