Sammy Hagar has revealed that a member of Pantera’s management once asked him to become the leader of the group. “What if I told you something crazy. I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it’s true,” former Van Halen frontman told SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin in a recent video interview.
“That was before I became friends with [Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul]. And [the manager] said Pantera… wanted me to be the lead singer of their band. And he asked me, “Are you interested? And I said, ‘No, not after [leaving] Van halen [in 1996]. I’m not going to join another group, especially to cover someone else, ”and this and that.
“And I told Vinnie about it once,” he continued. “He didn’t remember that.… But I don’t know if there is any truth in there.”
As Blabbermouth notes, Hagar previously mentioned Pantera’s history – as well as other top band offerings – in a 2011 Forbes interview.
“I was asked at one point to be at Motley Crue,” he said. “I was asked at one point to be in Pantera by their [managers]. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland resigned and returned to the Stone Temple Pilots. I was waiting to be asked to be at Led Zeppelin to say no, because they were the best band in the world and none could replace Robert Plant. I was asked to be at Aerosmith and I said no. Some groups and some [frontman] singers are more difficult to replace than others. Steven Tyler and this group have been together for  years, and you don’t want to go into something like that.
You can listen to Hagar’s new interview below.
Hagar also responded to Aerosmith’s request in a UCR interview in July, saying the idea emerged sometime after the group toured in 2009, which resulted in Tyler’s downfall from the stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
“” The allusion to Aerosmith … came about around the time Joe Perry tried to get me to join this group, and the management asked me to go to South America and give it a try, “he said. The singer added that he” almost did it “but decided it would ultimately be the wrong decision.
“I think if I had done those two things I would have been the guy who replaced the guy,” he said, referring to how he took over after David Lee left. Roth by Van Halen. “You know, always the guy who replaces the guy, and that’s a weird legacy for a guy like me, you know what I mean?” “
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