The Singer Nikki Sixx Couldn’t Stand Listening To

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Although music acts are often perceived as rivals, who look down on each other’s work or try to rise to the top by giving each other a bad name, some of them support each other. The music industry is generally competitive and ruthless, but there have been several instances where bands have exclaimed that they are big fans of other acts in the rock scene.

For instance, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was a big fan of Van Halen and the guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen. In a previous interview, Sixx revealed that his favorite song by Van Halen was ‘Running With The Devil.’ However, something Sammy Hagar did in the past negatively impacted Sixx, which made him not want to listen to Hagar-era songs.

Sammy Hagar Wrote A Memoir Featuring Controversial Remarks On Van Halen

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In 2011, Sammy Hagar released a memoir titled ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.’ Hagar talked about his career path to success, including his tenure in Van Halen and his time with Eddie. However, his remarks about the guitarist caused controversy among the fans.

In the book, Hagar stated that Eddie Van Halen was messed up and threateningly skinny. He then said Eddie used to drink wine from its bottle and had several teeth and a part of his tongue missing. Upon reading it, the guitar icon stated that Sammy’s book portrayed the guitar icon as a ‘very angry drunk.’

At that time, Eddie was struggling with several health issues. In 2000, the guitarist began receiving tongue cancer treatment and had a third of his tongue removed. Due to that, Hagar’s remarks were rather inappropriate, and they deeply upset Van Halen fans.

Nikki Sixx’s Disappointment About Sammy Hagar

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In 2011, Nikki Sixx gave an interview to Washington Post Express to talk about his book ‘This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx.’ The reporter told Sixx that in the memoir, he voiced criticism and love for Mötley Crüe, which reminded him of Hagar’s book ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.’

Nikki Sixx said he didn’t cross any lines with his criticism about Crüe and did not think that any of their fans would get offended. Sixx then recalled that he was very disappointed in Sammy Hagar after reading his memoir ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.’ According to the bassist, Hagar’s remarks made it challenging to listen to Hagar-era Van Halen songs.

Here is what Nikki Sixx told Washington Post Express in the interview:

“I don’t feel I crossed any lines that, as a fan, I’d be upset with. Sammy Hagar wrote a book [‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock’], and, honestly, I’m very disappointed in Sammy, and it bums me out to even want to hear Van Halen. I’m a positive fan, and I have a hard time listening to Van Halen with Sammy Hagar singing now.”

On July 1, 2021, Hagar apologized to Van Halen fans for his negative words on Eddie. According to Hagar, he wasn’t aware of Eddie’s cancer struggle at that time, and nobody wanted to hear Eddie’s dark side after his tragic death in 2020. As of now, it remains unknown whether Sixx still thinks the same after Hagar’s apology.