Twenty-five years ago today, Van Halen released “5150”, their first album with then-new lead singer Sammy Hagar. Hagar spent 11 years in the band, but today he appeared on “Good Morning America” to promote his new book “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”. He talked with Robin Roberts about many things, then compared Eddie Van Halen to the “winner” Charlie Sheen. What do you think?
Sammy Hagar: I think I have. … Remember the story in the book, where I have a dream about being contacted by aliens in the foothills above Fontana?
Yeah, yeah, I’ve got the page right here. “I saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship… And they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection.” You’re telling me that wasn’t a dream?
That’s right. It was real. [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!” Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment. ‘See what this guy knows.’
The Chickenfoot singer said that he “might sound like a crazy person,” but that he also remembered, at the age of four, seeing an alien spacecraft hovering near the house where he grew up.
In a 2002 interview with Guitar World magazine, Hagar said that he was a true believer of extraterrestrial life outside this planet and solar system as well as intelligent life observing humans in their everyday lives.
“It’s been a long, long time, but back in about ’68, in Fontana, California, I had this unbelievable experience that would take this whole interview to even go into,” Hagar said. “But I’m a firm believer — have seen, have felt, have been contacted three or four different times. I have received information that has been valuable in my life from those people, and they have used me. I’m gonna sound like a complete nut here, but they have used me in an experimental fashion. The easiest way to put it is that they downloaded my brain information. When I was about 19 or 20, they downloaded everything that was in my head. And I caught ’em doin’ it! I woke up in the middle of the night, thinkin’, ‘What’s goin’ on?’ They were like, ‘Oh, my god, he’s waking up!’ But this was all telepathy — there were no words being spoken. And as soon as I woke up — it was probably three o’clock in the morning — my whole room was so bright that I could hardly keep my eyes open. I was wide-awake, I could not move, eyes open, white room, they were still disconnecting — and when they did, it just went bang! Everything went back to normal, back to black. I was shaking, I almost passed out, I was sick to my stomach and almost had to throw up, it was so scary…”
He continued, “It sent me on a course of curiosity. I bought a telescope, and I started reading UFO books, and I just got into the whole thing. And since then, there have been three or four other contacts with the same group of people. I don’t know who the fuck they are, but I’ve narrowed them down to a people called the Nine, who are called that because they’re from the Ninth Dimension. I’ve named my publishing company the Nine Music after them. It’s a crazy thing, man. But to me, anyone who thinks we’re the only ones here, despite the vastness of the entire universe, is fucking crazy. Those people gotta be put away — not the guys having these contacts!” [laughs]
Sammy was a guest on “The Jim Rome” radio show on March 23rd, then Jim talked about the interview on his ESPN show “Rome Is Burning” on March 24th. Sammy pulled no punches there either, talking about the difficulties with Eddie, his UFO downloading/uploading escapade, and his dealings with David Lee Roth.
Here’s a link to a Sammy Hagar front page profile in the San Francisco Chronicle this past Sunday (March 20). It details the beginnings of Cabo Wabo Cantino, and touches on Sammy’s many other business dealings, including a new Mill Valley restaurant he’s opening with Chef Tyler Florence. Check it out:
Sammy stopped by the Rolling Stone offices in New York to field questions submitted by fans through Twitter and Facebook. In the video below, Hagar talks about his dream of working with Jimmy Page, how he seems so young for age 63, what exactly lead to Van Halen’s downfall and more.