Sammy Hagar has commented on David Lee Roth’s singing on an Instagram live chat with Washington Post reporter Geoff Edgers, saying Roth has lost the ability to sing well.
Van Halen’s lead vocalist David Lee Roth left the band in 1985 after releasing a solo album and deciding to pursue a solo career. Following that, Sammy Hagar enjoyed commercial success when he replaced Roth in the band as the lead singer. He then left Van Halen in 1996 but worked with the band again between 2003 and 2005.
Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth have had a long-lasting feud. In most of his previous statements, Hagar has claimed that Roth is self-obsessed on the stage. Talking to Howard Stern in an interview back in 2020, he had said that he wouldn’t look forward to being on stage with Roth just because of that.
Following Sammy Hagar’s statements, Roth posted a cartoon on Twitter that targeted Sammy Haggar. Moreover, Hagar also once told Paulo Baron that Roth’s stage shows are cringy and that his voice hasn’t aged well.
Speaking to Washington Post reporter Geoff Edgers, Sammy Hagar revealed his thoughts on David Lee Roth once again. He explained to Edgers that he and Roth are two different kinds of people.
However, Hagar then claimed that although they are totally different, he respects what Roth did in Van Halen. He then pointed out that Roth sounded great in the early Van Halen records, but he does not sing well anymore.
On the Instagram Live chat with Geoff Edgers, Sammy Hagar said that:
“We’re different kinds of people. We’re totally different. I’m a guy who has been married since I was young, I’ve got children and grandchildren. I have a real family. I don’t do drugs, don’t go out and party myself to death. I take what I do seriously when I go on the stage. I’m in condition to do the best job I can possibly do and I try to do that every time.
It’s just a different work ethic, a different thing. I’m not about trying to be a celebrity and a big star, I’m about being a good enough artist that they accept me in the celebrity world. It’s the way I approach my whole thing. He does it all differently. I think it’s just all about being a celebrity, having something that gets attention. It’s a whole different style.
I don’t really respect the way he does it, but I respect what he did in Van Halen. He was great for that band and he has got a cool voice. He doesn’t sing well anymore, but when he was in the early Van Halen records, he was great, he sounded great. I loved the way he sang his attitude.”
Geoff Edgers also asked Sammy Hagar about a possible reunion with the band, to which Hagar answered that he thinks it would never happen. It seems he might be right, as the ice between Roth and Hagar needs to break before the pair can appear on the stage together.