Sammy Hagar Reveals His ‘Free Show’ Promise To Van Halen Fans

Sammy Hagar recently shared how he almost broke Van Halen up and cost the band thousands of dollars in a YouTube video.

Hagar’s story took place during the band’s ‘Monsters of Rock’ tour in 1988, as the singer revealed how things went wrong during one faithful gig in Dallas, TX:

“So, after about two weeks into the tour, we’re playing Dallas, Texas; two nights at the Cotton Bowl and I couldn’t sing a lick. I walked out on stage, opened my mouth, [and] I couldn’t sing one word. I panicked so bad, [that] I told the audience, ‘You’re going to sing all night. I’m just gonna be up here. And I promise we will come back and do a free show.'”

However, that ‘promise,’ apparently, caused friction in Van Halen:

“And we did [the free show]. But it almost broke the band up; it cost us about $200,000 to come back and do a free show. It was called the Dallas Alley… There’s pictures of it all over the internet, we had 80,000 people there and we did it; we came back and we did it, but it almost broke Van Halen up.”

The ‘promised’ free VH show took place three years after Hagar uttered the words on stage in 1988, as the band played for fans on December 4, 1991. You can check out below to listen to Hagar tell the story, once again, and also to see footage from the show.