Van Halen Icon Unloads On David Lee Roth Disrespect


Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar reacted to David Lee Roth being disrespected at the band’s Rock Walk induction in 1995, as he was snubbed and not featured. Michael Anthony broke his silence on Eddie Van Halen sickness rumors a couple of days ago.

scottramirez7248 told Hagar, “David Lee Roth should be there too. No disrespect to you(my wife and I have seen you many times and love you) but without Roth Van Halen wouldn’t have made it. You kept them there but without Roth NO Van Halen. My wife saw you with Montrose and I’ve been going to your shows since 1978.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻”

Hagar graciously responded, saying he would have liked to see Roth included, “@scottramirez7248 No argument from me.”

Eddie Van Halen’s wife recently revealed a ‘struggle’ photo. Hagar recently told OC Weekly’s Clay Marshall, as transcribed by, what he learned from his 1996 split with Van Halen, “”Being in a band is a full-time job. It’s just like a marriage — it really is. It’s even worse, because in a marriage, you can go to work and come back home, but in a band, you go to work with your partners and try to create together. It’s so deep. It’s really hard to say, but if you don’t get along, it’s stressful, and it makes the work harder. Van Halen, we got along great for so many years — it’s just was toward the end where it became like, ‘I want black.’ ‘No, I want white.’ ‘Okay, I’ll go for white now.’

A Van Halen icon took a brutal shot at Michael Jackson last week. Hagar added, “No, I think I want black now just because you want white.’ It was so much of that that it was really stressing me out. I didn’t realize it at the time — I just thought, ‘It’s just another band. This is what bands do.’ After I left Van Halen, I said, ‘I’ll never play with people that I don’t really love to play with again — that I don’t like personally. If you’re not getting along personally, I’m not going to play music with those kind of people, even if I have to take lesser musicians.’ The Waboritas years was all great — I just started having fun and created a lifestyle around my music that really made me happy. I love living the hell out of life.

Get the most that you can. My philosophy is, ‘Live each day like it’s your first and live each night like it’s your last, if you can, without hurting yourself.’ (Laughs) You’ve got to have a little discipline to live that way, which I do. But I’m really so happy with The Circle. Now I have a band that the musicianship is like Van Halen — it’s on that level — and we like to do the same things. We don’t have to go out and play 150 shows a year. We just play as many as we want. It’s just a perfect life.” You can read Marshall’s interview here.