A few weeks ago, Sammy Hagar turned a few long-haired heads with some excerpts from his new memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, which were none too kind to his old frenemy Eddie Van Halen. “None too kind” may be a kind way of putting it: The former Van Halen singer/solo artist/current Chickenfoot frontman basically paints out the guitar god as an unstable and inebriated hobo-in-training when the two re-joined forces for an unpleasant reunion tour in 2004. (“He was missing a number of teeth and the ones he had left were black…. He told me he cured himself by having pieces of his tongue liquified and injected into his body. He also told me when he had his hip replacement, he stayed awake through the operation and helped the doctors drill the hole. What a fruitcake.”)
But the Red Rocker has what many Earthlings would consider to be outlandish ideas of his own. In the book, he describes what he believes to be a close encounter of the third kind. (Note: This isn’t the first time Hagar has discussed his extra terrestrial experiences.) “It was real,” he tells MTVHive.com in an interview that posted today. “[Aliens] were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren’t even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, ‘F—, they downloaded something into me!’”
Perhaps this helps to explain that sleeve-free yellow get-up in the “I Can’t Drive 55” video? Or maybe that is one mystery of the universe that will never be solved. In any case, between the Eddie dish and alien tales, Hagar sounds like he was hellbent on delivering a revealing celebrity autobiography, so maybe it’s time to head to the bookstore so I have something juicy to read on a hot summer night (VH reference for the casual Hagar fan). PopWatchers, have you purchased Sammy’s book? If not, what would he have to talk about to get you to plunk down your big fat money (VH reference for the hardcore Hagar fan)?