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Bryan Reesman of the Attention Deficit Delirium recently spoke with legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Excerpts from the interview are posted below:
Attention Deficit Delirium: After all of these years you and Mike Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) still have a really strong friendship. There's a lot of loyalty there. Now you two are in Chickenfoot together. Why do those ties remain so strong?
Hagar: We're just kind of the same kind of guys. It's so weird… you can relate to this. You can meet someone and say, "I really like that person." Or someone will make you say, "The **** ing guy drives me nuts." In Van Halen, Eddie always used to go, "Man, I'm so jealous of you and Mike. You guys always seem to get along and are laughing about everything and having so much fun." I'm going, "It's just the way it is." From the day I met him, we had on shorts and flip-flops and T-shirts and were talking about going out and having a couple shots of tequila, eating some Mexican food with hot peppers and then hitting the beach. We both have the same kind of vibe. We [like to be on the] beach all day and play music at night. Anytime I would call Mike and say, "I'm going down to Cabo, you want to go and jam?" He was there. We just have the same kind of lifestyle. It's pretty cool.
Attention Deficit Delirium: So what's coming up for Chickenfoot then?
Hagar: I'm pretty much going to wait for Chickenfoot now. I was asked if I wanted to go out and do some [solo] shows this summer and was offered a great package with somebody that I thought would be really great. I thought I'd put Mike in the band and we'd go out and do it for fun, then just this morning I woke up and said, "I'm not going to do that. I'm going to wait for Chickenfoot." It's something special. I might go out and play 25 or 30 concerts this summer, and if something were to happen with Chickenfoot in the fall, I might not feel like touring because I just toured. I want to save it for my passion right now, just like I said when we first started talking. I've got a passion for Chickenfoot. I woke up one morning and said, "I want to play with Joe Satriani, Chad Smith" — who I had been jamming with a lot at the Cabo — "and Mikey." I wanted to put together this band, and I was so overwhelmed with it. It's all I wanted to do. I did it, it worked and I want to do it some more now. I want to keep that passion and not burn myself out on something else. Right now that's my band.
Attention Deficit Delirium: Do you think you guys are going to record any more stuff?
Hagar: Oh yeah. In April we're supposed to go in the studio. Chad has a little window from the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers, and we're going to go in and start recording a second album. We're not going to rush it, we're going to start. Joe and I are always writing. We're definitely going to try to do it again.
Attention Deficit Delirium: : I heard that you sold off a majority of your shares in your Cabo Wabo tequila company to Gruppo Campari recently?
Hagar: I sold 80% of it. They wanted to buy all of it, and I only wanted to sell enough of it to get worldwide distribution. The hardest part about any product is getting it on the shelves. You can buy your own trucks and go to the grocery store, and they’ll go, “We’re sorry, we don’t have any room.” Distribution is tough for a record company or for anybody. It’s a physical product, and it takes up space. I didn’t jump into the distribution game. I always had a distributor, but I never had a worldwide distributor. So Compari came in, and they’re the third biggest distributor in the world. I said I’d sell it to them because I want to see it in the rest of the world. We came to do an 80/20 deal. I didn’t really want to sell that much of it, quite honestly, but that’s the only deal that they would make because it takes millions and millions of dollars in investment to get a worldwide distribution system going. There’s a lot of credit involved, a lot of shipping and handling. It’s a big job. Too big for Sammy. But it’s working fantastically. I’m a pretty happy guy.
Read Sammy Hagar's entire interview with Attention Deficit Delirium by clicking here.
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