Van Halen legends Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar had a recent interview with Eddie Trunk of SiriusXM and they revealed the story about why Van Halen members were unhappy about David Lee Roth.
Sammy also shared little-known story about how he got involved with Van Halen lineup. You can read the conversation below (Transcribed by Alternative Nation):
“Let me ask you a question, this is interesting, Sammy Hagar, you’re tied into this. I’ve read one of the Van Halen books that came out recently that Noah Munck, your former manager, right?”
It said in that book, in 1978 when you’re making the debut album, Ted Templeman was unhappy with the vocal he was getting out of David Lee Roth and at that time said:
“Hey, there’s this guy Sammy Hagar that you should consider bringing in to record for the first record.”
“That is totally true, that is totally true. Ted did make a suggestion.“
“So that point that the band started so there was a pod- Sammy did this get on your radar? That Van Halen might have reached out to you initially?”
“Yeah, Ted Templeman told me that. I mean, it would have worked but the way it all went down is so much better. You know, the band had two lives and most bands don’t have two lives. I mean, you are lucky to get one life out of rock n’ roll. So to have two lives like that for the band. It was better for the band and better for the legacy. I came in and it worked which was like, against all odds, you know?
So, I think it’s cooler the way it went down. If I’d have been in there from the beginning, who knows?! It might have broken up after four years and you might have never heard of the band again. You might have never heard of a For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge or a 5150, those are great records, you know? We probably wouldn’t have gotten that far. “
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