Sammy Hagar Discusses Grunge With Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell


Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar discussed meeting with Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell on his AXS TV show in a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

“Every one of them is a little different now. I don’t think we have a specific format. The format is Sammy Hagar goes to their home or wherever they choose to do it — meet ‘em at a bar somewhere, I don’t care — and we talk. And then I sit and reflect on what they were like afterwards, and before we finish all that we play music whether it’s with a band or acoustically. Jerry Cantrell and Nancy Wilson and I on the Seattle scene, we all just played acoustically and we all played each other a new song we’re kind of working on, so it’s really artsy-fartsy and all that too. [Laughs] What I think the hook is is that I know these people and if you’re a fan or you’re just a journalist and you’re going to sit down and interview Jerry Cantrell, he’s not going to tell you certain things.”

Alice In Chains’ publicist has informed Alternative Nation that Jerry Cantrell is ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’

This is good news, as fans were concerned after Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’ last night, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

“I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio,” said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. “Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!”

You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.