Sammy Hagar Addresses The Toxicity In Aerosmith


Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar was interviewed by Ultimate Classic Rock and recalled when he almost joined Aerosmith as a replacement for Steven Tyler. He stated that the ‘Toxic Twins’ legend would have ended if he had been recruited.

As you probably know, during the early 2010s, Aerosmith went through great turmoil because of some personal problems between Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. The problems started to arise when frontman Tyler was injured on stage and decided to pursue solo projects such as becoming an American Idol jury without asking the other members’ opinions.

Therefore, Aerosmith started looking for a new lead singer and considered recruiting Chris Cornell, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Rogers, and Sammy Hagar. However, Steven Tyler stressed that he didn’t leave the band. In one of his previous interviews, Joe Perry explained the reason behind this search, saying that he thought Tyler needed a break and the band had to continue performing.

In his recent interview, Sammy Hagar recalled the offer he received and revealed that he thought about becoming Aerosmith’s frontman for a while. However, he ultimately refused because the band’s atmosphere was too chaotic for a man like the Red Rocker, who prefers peace. He added that he would have ended the toxicity in the band if he had joined Aerosmith because he has a different personality than Steven Tyler.

Hagar said in his interview that:

“The problem is I would have taken the toxicity out of the whole thing and it might be and probably would have bombed because I’m not a toxic kind of guy. When the arguments start, I’m out of here. I think I can’t be in a bad situation like that but yeah that was really tempting for five minutes.

I was in Cabo and I really relaxed and thought about it. I was listening to all the tunes and all of this stuff and was thinking about ‘Living On The eEge.’ I’ll kill that song. Then I woke up on the beach and said ‘you know what? I can’t do it. So that was it.”

You can listen to the interview below.