A four-and-a-half-minute promo video for Sammy Hagar’s upcoming autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”, can be viewed below. Sammy and co-author Joel Selvin (longtime pop music writer for the San Francisco Chronicle) talk about the book, their relationship and more.
Check out the new issue of Rolling Stone or rollingstone.com for a new interview with Sammy,
Rolling Stone: What made you want to write a book?
Hagar: “I’ve been maybe one of the most misunderstood rockers of all time because I’ve always been kinda quiet on my personal life. I’ve never really been a press-hound. There’s never been a lot of stuff written about me, quite honestly. Flying under the radar’s always been my philosophy. If you’re never in, you’re never out.”
Rolling Stone: Are there things you didn’t put in the book because you didn’t want to piss off Ed or David Lee Roth?
Hagar: “Oh, hell no. I didn’t really consider that, because they know what happened. I didn’t make up anything. I didn’t embellish anything. The only thing is that I didn’t go as crazy as I could have about the sex, drugs and rock & roll part of my early years. I have a nine-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old daughter.”
Rolling Stone: What do you think the percent odds are that you’ll ever play in Van Halen again?
Hagar: “I’d say it’s up there around 90 percent. I would love to make another record with Van Halen. If Eddie was totally cool and was back to the guy I used to know, or a new guy, not the guy I knew the last time [laughs]. He can’t be that guy. I wouldn’t do it if he was like that. It’s below zero, minus zero. But if Eddie really got his life together, which it seems he has judging by the pictures I’ve seen, then definitely.”
“Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”, which is due on March 15 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.