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This could really rock hall of fame

Like a lot of fans, Sammy Hagar winced when he heard Monday that he and old rival David Lee Roth would both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with Van Halen. “This could be a complete and total disaster. It could be wonderful too. It really could. But it also could be such a disaster and an embarrassment that it goes down in history.”

Roth was the voice of Van Halen from its mid-'70s Sunset Strip days up into the monster success of the 1980s. Hagar took over in 1985 and, for the next decade, piled up more hits. Fans debate which singer is better and so does guitar hero Eddie Van Halen; he toured with Hagar in 2004 and, in September, said that Roth might be next.

Hagar shrugs it off. “I still love Eddie Van Halen, even though sometimes we feel like beating each other’s brains in. I think this could work out great if everyone just looks at each other and respects what each person has done to make this band so successful. Or it could be an ugly ego-fest. No matter what happens, it won’t really take away from the music that we’ve made. But you don’t want there to be a fistfight, either.”

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Geoff Boucher


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