Sammy Hagar Almost Joined Aerosmith

Guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed that Hagar almost replaced Steven Tyler in 2010 when Tyler fell off the rails.

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Sammy Hagar came close to replacing Steven Tyler in Aerosmith in 2010, it has been revealed.

At the time, Tyler's drug relapse and onstage injury forced the band to cancel a major US tour and reschedule work on a new album.

With apparently no other choice, the band started searching for a new singer. Now Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has finally confirmed one candidate that almost made it into their lineup: Sammy Hagar.

"We had to talk about it - maybe we could put a different name on it and bring somebody else in? We spoke to Sammy and he was really excited about it. I love Sammy. It was like, 'Oh, man, this would be so cool!' But it all started to come back together on its own," said Whitford.

Tyler made amends with the band, and finally scheduled a release for their new album "Music From Another Dimension" for November 6.

Meanwhile, Hagar continues to front Chickenfoot alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and his former colleague in Van Halen, bassist Michael Anthony.

Chickenfoot will re-release their popular 2009 self-titled album as a double-disc on October 16.

Can you imagine Aerosmith without Steven Tyler? Would Sammy Hager have been a good fit? Share your view in the comments.

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    Pretty stupid how this is a guitar website yet they miss out the fact that Joe Satriani is in Chickenfoot.. and he plays gthe guitar?
    Hagersmith. Jesus. I shudder at the thought of what could've come out: "Eat the Rich(at Cabo Wabo)" "Big Red Ten Inch" "Drive On".
    Steven Tyler cannot be replaced, like Freddie Mercury, John Bonham or Keith Moon. Hagar isnt in his league. Few singers are.
    Wow. He's like the ultimate benchwarmer. He probably would have written a book about how much Joe Perry mistreated him by now had he actually toured with them. I used to love Sammy, but his new book changed my mind. It's kinda pathetic when you write an "autobiography" that is more notable for attacking your bandmates than it is for being a first person account of your life. Without Eddie and Alex he's just another one hit wonder. By the way no hate for Chickenfoot. Michael and Joe are outstanding. Just saying that Sammy's attitude about the whole Van Halen thing ruined his music for me.
    Random note regarding Sammy Hagar and Aerosmith, when I saw them live in 2011, Brad Whitford was playing the Sammy Hagar Les Paul that Gibson had out at the time.
    Thank god they stayed together. They could have easily had an ugly divorce like Van Halen did (with both Dave and Sammy).