Sammy Hagar Thinks He and Eddie Van Halen Should Be In Jail
via The Howard Stern Show / Youtube
In a recent revelation on his official YouTube channel, rock legend Sammy Hagar spilled the beans on an adrenaline-pumping, yet somewhat illicit adventure he shared with the late Eddie Van Halen during their Malibu neighbor days.
Hagar reminisced about a night around the 2004 recording of “Best of Both Worlds,” recalling,
” So one of my favorite memories about anything that happens in a car besides, you know, first time you had sex in a car – that’s a whole other story. But this, on 5150, Eddie Van Halen had a Lamborghini Countach, I have my 512 Ferrari Boxer, Mick Jones, our producer from Foreigner, he had a Corvette he rented.”
The escapade unfolded at 2:00 in the morning, post-recording session. The trio, with Hagar and Van Halen residing as neighbors and Foreigner’s Mick Jones in the mix, embarked on a risky race along Mulholland Drive and the back roads of Highway 1.
“We should have been in jail, all right. But we scathed; it was unbelievable. We just raced the whole time like you get somebody on a three abreast on a two-lane road. So frigging dangerous, but we did it and we survived it. I’d never do it again, and I don’t recommend it.”
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Despite the recklessness, Hagar and company lived to tell the tale, cherishing the memory as a wild and unforgettable escapade.
In a separate interview with Fox News earlier this year, Hagar touched upon the significance of reconnecting with Eddie before his untimely passing in October 2020 at the age of 65.
“Well, to be able to have talked to Eddie and had a wonderful rapport with him on text, it means everything to me. If he would have died and we would have not ever said ‘I love you’ to each other again, I would feel really bad. I probably wouldn’t be able to talk… I wouldn’t be able to talk to you about it.”
The history between Hagar and Van Halen was marked by ups and downs, including Hagar’s dismissal from the band in 1996 due to creative differences. Despite subsequent reunions and public feuds, Hagar expressed gratitude for the chance to reconnect with Eddie before his passing.