Sunday, February 27, 2011

VIDEO: Sammy Hagar talks about autobiography

Sammy Hagar is gearing up for the release of his autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.”

The book is due on March 15 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

As part of Canadian Music Week, Hagar will be making the rounds in Toronto next month.

On Friday, March 11, Sammy’s new film, “Go There Once, Be There Twice,” will screen in Toronto at The TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of CMW’s Film Festival. Hagar will be present to introduce the documentary to fans in attendance.

The following day – Saturday, March 12 - Hagar will be featured in an exclusive interview at CMW at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Sammy worked on the project with Joel Selvin, longtime pop music writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

In a new video, Sammy and Joel talk about writing the book together as well as their shared history.

Sammy Hagar with Joel Selvin – Red preview (2011)

The Marin Independent Journal recently published a couple of short excerpts from the book; here’s a taste:

On reconnecting with Eddie Van Halen just before the 2004 VH reunion tour:
"I hadn't seen him in 10 years. He looked like he hadn't bathed in a week. He certainly hadn't changed his clothes in at least that long. He wasn't wearing a shirt. He had on a giant overcoat and army pants, tattered and ripped at the cuffs, held up with a piece of rope. I'd never seen him so skinny in my life. He was missing a number of teeth and the ones he had left were black. His boots were so worn out he had gaffer's tape wrapped around them and his big toe still stuck out."

On original VH singer David Lee Roth:
"I hated Dave. The guy rubbed me wrong. I'm sure I rub all kinds of people wrong, so it's not like I'm putting him down. The guy was a great front man, great attitude in rock, and had an image from hell, but I just couldn't stand the guy. He was the opposite of what I believed in and what I am. First of all, the guy's not a great singer and he acts like he's the coolest, hottest guy in the world when, to me, he looks gay."

There’s more to read about “Red” at the Marin Independent Journal here.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – 5150
Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, JP – February 1, 1989

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