Jerry Cantrell Recalls How He Became Friends With Sammy Hagar

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell made an appearance on BBC Radio for an interview. While talking about his favorite musicians, Cantrell remembered how his friendship with Sammy Hagar started.

Alice In Chains released their debut studio album ‘Facelift’ on August 21, 1990. The band also teased their fans by releasing the singles ‘We Die Young,’ ‘Man In The Box,’ ‘Sea Of Sorrow,’ and ‘Bleed The Freak.’ The album achieved remarkable critical success and sold 400.000 copies in the US six weeks after the release.

‘Facelift’s single ‘Man In The Box’ contributed to the album’s success after MTV added the song to regular daytime rotation. Moreover, it also caused Sammy Hagar to invite Alice In Chains to tour with Van Halen. The band then continued to rise to prominence after opening for Van Halen and several other artists.

In an interview with BBC Radio, Jerry Cantrell named his favorite songs and mentioned Montrose’s ‘Rock Candy.’ When the host asked him why he chose this song, the musician said Montrose’s self-titled debut album, which featured ‘Rock Candy,’ was a record he connected to in the 1970s.

After that, Cantrell recalled becoming friends with Sammy Hagar later when Alice In Chains opened for Van Halen. He then went back to talk about ‘Rock Candy’ and revealed he had a chance to play this song with Hagar and Ronnie Montrose in Cabo. According to Cantrell, playing the song with them on the same stage was really cool.

When asked why he chose Montrose’s ‘Rock Candy’ as his personal favorite, Jerry Cantrell said:

“Oh yeah, ‘Montrose’ was a record that I connected to in the ’70s. And later, I would become friends with Sammy Hagar when Alice got to open for Van Halen.

The drumbeat and Sammy’s vocal has so much power and passion. And I actually got to play this song with Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose. It was in Cabo, and that was pretty cool getting to play that with those guys on a stage.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.