Sammy Hagar shocked music fans today when it
was revealed that his ego has inflated to elephantine dimensions. "I have to
prove that I'm still the greatest rock 'n' roll performer, the greatest rock
'n' roll singer in the world," he was quoted in today's L. A. Times as
saying. "I have to prove that there is life after Van Halen."
course, is known for penning such high-camp songs as "I Can't Drive 55," which
some rock fans pinpoint as the beginning of Hagar's second career as a
The singer, who is a spry 49, was unceremoniously booted out of
Van Halen last year. He has recorded another solo album--his first since
parting ways with Eddie Van Halen and company--which is titled Marching To
Mars, and will be released Tuesday. And why did Hagar record a new album?
Was it because he feels he still has something to say? Does he want to make us
laugh again? "I don't know what else to do," he told the Times. "When
you get hurt by something in life, in a relationship or a friendship or a job,
you can either crawl into a hold and give up or you can try to turn it into
Hagar will be hitting the road for a summer tour. He
seems to be quite interested in proving a thing or two to the remaining members
of Van Halen, who have been recording a new album with former Extreme singer
Gary Charone. "I think they really underestimated what I brought to the band:
my whole stage presence, my singing style, my songwriting," he said during the
Times interview. "If they think they can bring anyone in to replace
Sammy Hagar, they're making a big mistake."
We've been warned.