Sammy Hagar: 'I Wanted Hetfield on My Solo Album'

Ex-Van Halen frontman talks collaboration that never was.

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Sammy Hagar has been speaking to Rolling Stone about his upcoming solo album (via Blabbermouth). As the Chickenfoot and ex-Van Halen singer notes, the record almost featured a duet between him and Metallica frontman James Hetfield:

"I didn't really want to say this, but I'm completely honest: James Hetfield is a dear friend and we hang out in Hawaii a lot. Kid Rock did the duet on 'Knockdown Dragout,' which he recorded for me instantly. I would've just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done.

"After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the 'Knockdown Dragout' part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, 'I'm completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.' And then he said, '... But it isn't my style.' And I said, 'It's OK. I still love you, James.'"

Hagar states that while he would have loved to work with the singer, the result would have been a disservice to Metallica fans:

"I really wanted him on there, but it doesn't fit. I was cheating by sending him that song, because if he would've heard the whole album if a Metallica fan would've heard this album and bought it because he was on there, they would be pissed off. This isn't a Metallica record, you know? But he's my friend, and I would've loved to have had him on it."

Hagar also notes that he's through with the idea of Van Halen, and wouldn't want to see a repeat of the band's ill fated 2004 reunion tour:

"The whole idea of Van Halen," he told Rolling Stone, "people ask me all the time, 'What if Eddie called you up and asked you to be back in that?' I just hope he doesn't do that. I'm so past it, and I'm so happy and proud of what we did, I wouldn't want to tarnish it again like that '04 tour. And now what they're doing, acting like I was never in that band, just playing all that early material ... How can they do that?"

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    I also want Hetfield to appear on my album. Where the hell is my article?
    So Sammy is mad because they VHS does not play the songs they wrote when he was with em? Well did he ever take time to think that they might not play those songs because they would not be the same without Sammy singing them? WOW
    Of course they would, but there is lots that would still suit DLR. I'd like to hear him sing something like 5150
    Hetfield doesn't like the 'Talica guys doing extra-curricular activities ,but does the same apply for extra-terestrial activities . 3 tits , awesome .
    No singer does the songs the band wrote with the new guy, except Bruce Dickinson. And that is because he's Bruce Dickinson.
    Last time he did a Blaze song though, was in either 2003 or 2004. All the Di'anno tunes from 2005 tour were sublime though. *shivers*
    Honestly, Hetfield's vocals now are ... not good. In 1996, when he sang on Corrosion's Wiseblood - it worked well, his vocals were still pretty nice at that time.