Some music acts support one another, despite the common perception that they are rivals who try to rise to the top by smearing each other’s reputations. Despite the generally competitive and ruthless nature of the music industry, there have been a number of instances in which rock bands have declared their admiration for other groups. Motley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, for instance, was a huge fan of Van Halen and guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen. Sixx revealed in a previous interview that his favorite Van Halen song is “Running With the Devil.” However, something Sammy Hagar did in the past had a negative impact on Sixx, causing him to dislike Hagar-era music.
Sammy Hagar Has Published A Memoir Containing Controversial Statements About Van Halen. Sammy Hagar published a memoir titled ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock’ in 2011. Hagar discussed his path to success in his career, including his time with Van Halen and Eddie. However, his comments regarding the guitarist sparked controversy among fans. Hagar stated in his book that Eddie Van Halen was unkempt and dangerously thin. He then stated that Eddie drank wine directly from the bottle and was missing several teeth and a portion of his tongue. The guitar icon stated that Sammy’s book portrayed him as a’very angry drunk’ after reading it.
At the time, Eddie was experiencing multiple health issues. In 2000, the guitarist began treatment for tongue cancer and a third of his tongue was removed. As a result, Hagar’s remarks were quite insensitive, and they greatly offended Van Halen fans. Nikki Sixx is dissatisfied with Sammy Hagar. In 2011, Nikki Sixx discussed his book ‘This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography, and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx’ in an interview with Washington Post Express. The reporter told Sixx that his criticism and affection for Motley Crüe in the memoir reminded him of Hagar’s “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock.”
Nikki Sixx stated that his criticism of Crüe did not cross any boundaries and that he did not believe any of their fans were offended. Sixx then recalled that after reading Sammy Hagar’s autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” he was extremely dissatisfied with him. According to the bassist, Hagar’s remarks made it difficult to listen to Van Halen songs from the Hagar era. In an interview with Washington Post Express, Nikki Sixx stated the following: “I do not believe I have crossed any lines that would make me unhappy as a fan. Sammy Hagar penned a book titled ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock,’ and, to be honest, I am extremely dissatisfied with Sammy, and it depresses me to even consider listening to Van Halen. Positive fan who finds it difficult to listen to Van Halen with Sammy Hagar singing.
Hagar issued an apology to Van Halen fans on July 1, 2021 for his negative comments about Eddie. According to Hagar, Eddie’s cancer struggle was unknown to him at the time, and nobody was interested in hearing about Eddie’s dark side after his tragic death in 2020. It is currently unknown whether Sixx still holds the same opinion after Hagar’s apology.