Ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar: ‘I said no to Aerosmith, Pantera and Motley Crue’

Frontman also says he turned down singer slot in Velvet Revolver

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has revealed he has turned down the opportunity to join Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Pantera and Velvet Revolver.

Hagar, who was the singer in Van Halen from 1985 to 1996 and then subsequently from 2003 to 2005, currently fronts Chickenfoot.

In an interview with Forbes Magazine he said: “I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit.”

He continued: “I was asked to be in Aerosmith and I said no. Certain bands and certain frontman singers are more difficult to replace than others. Steven Tyler and that band have stayed together for 40 years and you don’t to walk into something like that.”

Hagar also said he hoped he would be asked to join Led Zeppelin, but said he would have turned that opportunity down too, as “they were the greatest band on earth and no one could replace Robert Plant“.

He added that this wasn’t a problem when he replaced David Lee Roth as singer of Van Halen, saying “it was easy because Dave wasn’t a great singer”.

Van Halen are currently recording a new album in Las Vegas.