Sammy Hagar

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Will Sammy Hagar be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


26 comments so far (post your own)

Sammy Deserves this on his own and NOT for his contribution to Van Hagar Halen.

Posted by Sherri on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 07:57am

If you saw Sammy at the 2007 induction ceremony with Van Halen, you could tell he was flabbergasted to be included in the Hall of Fame. There is no way his solo work warrants induction.

Posted by c.w. on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 15:53pm

He's already in, much to his very own surprise.

Posted by denyo on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 19:29pm

Sammy need to be there. If you have never been to a Sammy Hagar Party/Concert, you don't know what you are missing out on. If you have been, then you understand. Sammy has the best voice in rock today, PERIOD!

Posted by Dave on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 07:15am

He had some good songs in his solo work("Heavy Metal","I Can't Drive 55", etc.), but nothing hall of fame worthy.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 21:42pm

I'd love to see Sammy get up on stage and unleash some of his kick-ass songs. "I Can't Drive 55", "Heavy Metal", "There's Only One Way to Rock"... all classics. Unfortunately, there are some way overdue artists waiting, who are far more worthy than Sammy. He's in with Van Halen, that's enough for now.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.25.10 @ 14:31pm

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is not legitimate as long as Sammy Hagar is denied induction.

It would be like the Baseball Hall of Fame not inducting Reggie Jackson.

Posted by MAC on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 22:19pm

He was inducted with Van Halen. That's more than enough.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 22:29pm

DarinRG - Haha, very true, even though I think he at times gets too much shit

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 23:06pm

Yeah, not my cup of tea, but I really don't think Van Hagar was as bad as some VH purists made them out to be.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 23:18pm

Speaking as someone who personally likes Van Hagar but knows alot of people who don't, I'll never understand how Sammy became the symbol for the wussification of Van Halen:

1) Van Halen had already been moving back into a poppier direction since Diver Down, not to mention other songs such as Dance The Night Away and You Really Got Me beforehand clearly demonstrated a band that wanted to be on Top 40.
2) It's not like Van Hagar was all ballads, there were some good rockers in there.
3) David Lee Roth's solo career hardly screams badass, cutting edge rock. If anything its just as watered down as Van Hagar at its worst. And if thats the direction he wanted to take Van Halen in, then I'm happy they went their seperate ways.

Sorry to butt in on the coversation lol

Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 23:40pm

All you Red Rocker fans need to go to Rolling Stone & check out the exerpts from his memoir.

Lot of interesting info about his time in 'Van Hagar'

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 05:39am

Samamy Hagar's book is out, and it is mentioned on the cover of Rolling Stone, now in stores. He calls Van Halen the most depraved band ever.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 06:40am

All you Red Rocker fans need to go to Rolling Stone & check out the exerpts from his memoir.

Lot of interesting info about his time in 'Van Hagar'

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 05:39am

Thanks for the info, Paul, I'll check it out.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 06:55am

I remember someone mentioning "I Can't Drive 55" as a groundbreaker--a protest song for the yuppies of the Reagan 1980s. Whether that is worth anything for a HOF induction is debatable, of course.

It does bring about one interesting sub-discussion: who will be the next multiple inductee? Will it be Hagar? Or Smokey Robinson (if the Miracles are inducted)? Ringo Starr? Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Joe Walsh? Stevie Nicks? Mick Jagger for his (somewhat obscure) solo work? Pete Townshend? Someone else?

Posted by Joe on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 03:23am

Dr. Dre or Dave Grohl would be my best guess. Perhaps Perry Farrell if Lollapalooza gets him a NP.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 03:51am

I think/hope it would be Peter Gabriel.

Posted by DC on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 04:07am

Rock Hall denies snubbing David Lee Roth
March 10, 2007 10:36 PM Filed in: Van Halen

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame responded to David Lee Roth's allegations that he is not allowed to perform during this Monday's Induction Ceremony. Rock Hall president and CEO, Joel Peresman, sent an e-mail to the L.A. Times:

"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sorry that David Lee Roth will not attend this year's induction of Van Halen. We offered him opportunities to play and sing a Van Halen song of his choice with our House band, including his own guitar player or a song with Velvet Revolver and he refused those opportunities."

Peresman concluded the e-mail with a curt denial that the Hall is somehow the bad guy in all this: "We made every effort and the decision not to come was solely his, not ours."

That obviously differs from David Lee Roth's version of the story.

The Roth camp says that the only offer they had received before Friday was an invitation to perform "You Really Got Me" with Velvet Revolver. Roth balked in part because that song, off Van Halen's first album, was originally recorded by the Kinks and is not a "true" Van Halen song.

Roth wanted to do his trademark tune, "Jump," but that was a curveball for Velvet Revolver, apparently, with rehearsal time limitations. On Friday, according to sources close to the show, event producer Joel Gallen offered Roth a chance to do "Jump" with Paul Schaffer and some players of Roth's picking but, for Roth, that came too late, apparently, to allow travel and needed rehearsal time.

Hall officials, privately, were surprised and wondered if Roth really wanted to perform at all. They also said if he had traveled east to New York to work with the producers on site, everything would have worked out.

It's hard to imagine a scenario where David Lee Roth will pass up a chance to be the center of attention, but sadly it looks like this could be one of those times.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.13.11 @ 13:10pm

Van Halen will not perform at Rock Hall Ceremony
March 02, 2007 01:43 AM Filed in: Van Halen

The reunion everyone has been waiting for won't happen at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers have decided not to perform during their induction to the Hall of Fame on March 12th. It's still unclear if they will even attend the ceremony.

Scott Weiland and Slash from Velvet Revolver have been selected to induct Van Halen. Velvet Revolver will then perform a selection of Van Halen songs during the ceremony, similar to how Metallica performed in place of Black Sabbath in 2006. Sammy Hagar had openly lobbied for his friends in the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be the ones to induct Van Halen, but apparently his voice doesn't carry much weight with Eddie and Alex Van Halen these days.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 20:27pm

Eddie Van Halen to rehab; David Lee Roth boycotting ceremony
March 08, 2007 11:32 PM Filed in: Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen won't be attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday after all. He released a statement today announcing he is going into rehab.

In a note addressed to fans he stated: "I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That's why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe you and want to give you."
Alcohol has been cited as Eddie's addiction.
Meanwhile, David Lee Roth has decided to boycott the event because he is not being allowed to perform. After Eddie and Alex Van Halen chose not to attend, the Rock Hall didn't want David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar to be the only ones peforming VH songs, so they brought in Velvet Revolver to do the honors. Roth isn't happy about the situation:

"I don't make speeches for a living; I sing and dance for my dinner," Roth said, adding that the decision to skip the event "rips my heart out."
Roth said he had been preparing since December for the chance to perform for the industry elite and the audience watching on VH1 Classics.

"It's just not an option for me to go and watch some other band who are only performing because they have some new record coming out do our music," Roth said. "I have nothing against Velvet Revolver I'm not familiar with their music but that was my 3 minutes and 22 seconds up there."

Music industry critic, Bob Lefsetz believes this is the last nail in the coffin for the Rock Hall, "When you don't even let the INDUCTEES perform." He continues, "Let every table at the Waldorf-Astoria be adorned with a bowl of brown M&Ms. And when it comes time for Van Halen to be inducted, let everybody THROW THEM AT THE DAIS!"
A reunited Van Halen was going to be the highlight of the 2007 ceremony. It's too bad that it probably won't happen now, but who knows -- things could change over the weekend.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 20:28pm

Aren't we a little late with this info now??

Like four and a half years late.

Posted by joker on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 20:32pm

Funny. I liked hagar and his solo career. I liked Van Halen with Roth. Not combined.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 23:20pm

Riding the coat tails of Van Halen is how he got in and the only way he would get in!

Posted by Alan on Wednesday, 02.8.12 @ 01:29am

Before there was a Vanhalen there was a group of 4 guys lead buy a great player who's last name was the name of the band on Warner bros produced By Ted T and who's Singer was Sammy Hagar


Posted by Jeep man on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 19:26pm

Velvet Revolver sabotaged David Lee Roth's moment
March 24, 2007 10:29 PM Filed in: 2007 Ceremony

Backstage at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver attempted to explain the reason why David Lee Roth wasn't there:

"We were asked to perform. Kinda what happened was, [David Lee Roth] wanted to sing the song 'Jump.' We felt from an artistic standpoint, and I'm being totally honest with you, that it wasn't a song we felt comfortable with. We don't have keyboards. To bring a keyboard on stage wouldn't work for us. We said we'd do 'Janie's Cryin' ' or 'You Really Got Me,' and he was adamant that wasn't OK."

Weiland, how about you pick the songs you want to play when you get inducted into the Hall?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 22:23pm

I Can't Drive 55 should be an essential song.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 10.24.16 @ 01:00am

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