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?"