The former Van Halen singers were on the road together under the banner Song For Song, the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll Tour, also known as the Sam & Dave tour, but the experience was less than perfect.
Asked whether the “fractious” reputation had been for real, Hagar told Classic Rock: “It got totally played up. There wasn’t any animosity. Well, there was one crazy moment in Raleigh, Carolina where Dave flipped out. … [W]e were flip-flopping as headliners. When Dave opened he was much better off. I had Michael Anthony in my band, we played four or five Van Halen songs… Dave did all his ’83/84 stuff with the scarves and stuff. It was like a karaoke band compared to what we were doing. He’d be in a bad mood when he was headlining, because you cannot follow us.”
Things came to a head when Roth and his band prepared to go on after Hagar. “[H]e’s walking to the stage, all dressed up, and my drummer (presumably David Lauser) went: “How’s it going, ladies…” He meant to add “…and gentlemen”, but it came out too late. Dave fucking flipped: ‘Fuck you, you motherfucker.’ His bodyguards started pushing people around. I come out of my dressing room, naked apart from a towel, like: ‘Damn, Dave, you need to settle down and have a good show, brother.’”
He continued: “So they ended up building a barricade between us. But yeah, it was overplayed. Dave and I don’t hate each other. If we saw each other we’d hug and buy each other a drink. I don’t know how long we’d hug for, but we’d hug.”
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