January 9, 2007

Gary Graff of reports that VAN HALEN's appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 12 "could go a lot of different ways," according to Sammy Hagar. That said, Hagar — the group's second frontman, from 1985-96 — tells he has high hopes that the famously combative group will take the high road on that particular night.

"My hope is that everyone lets everything go and we go there in complete respect of each other and in a loving way, with the attitude that 'I couldn't have done it without you' towards everybody," says Hagar, who received the official word of VAN HALEN's selection at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico, where he and VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony have spent the past week jamming with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith in a newly developing side project called CHICKENFOOT.

But he also notes that, "The biggest fear for me is there'll be animosity and 'I won't talk to that guy' and maybe some harsh words towards each other or some sly remarks in speeches ... and it's not out of the question that that could happen. But in the end, no matter what happens, when you hear the music you're gonna go, 'That's one of the greatest rock'n'roll bands in the world, ever, and well-deserved the inauguration into the Hall of Fame."


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