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Published: 2013/10/29

Sammy Hagar Says That Bob Weir and Mickey Hart Wanted Him to Play in The Grateful Dead

Sammy Hagar dropped by The Howard Stern Show yesterday for an hour long interview with the king of shock jocks. JamBase has pointed out that, during the interview, the guitar virtuoso mentions that Bob Weir and Mickey Hart wanted him to play with the Grateful Dead at one point.

Early in his interview, which you can hear above, Hagar says, “I almost was in the Grateful Dead! Bob and Mickey wanted me in The Dead when Jerry was gone for a while.”

The rest of the interview deals with a number of other topics, including the possibility of a Van Halen reunion and Hagar’s work with Chickenfoot, a supergroup he founded with ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Hagar is no stranger to the world of the Grateful Dead, having played a show with Jerry Garcia in 1989, as well as having sat in with The Dead at The Warfield in San Francisco on February 14, 2003. In addition, Hagar and Weir live down the street from one another, and the two have performed together a few times over the years.

Relix has compiled a few videos from some of Hagar and Weir’s past collaborations here.


There are 21 comments associated with this post

Rich K. October 29, 2013, 15:26:49

I assume he means “after” Jerry was gone for awhile, not when Jerry was on vacation. He should be more clear in his wording. Personally, meh…he’s okay but his choice in music to perform kinda sucks. VH was mediocre at best with him, as are most of his solo efforts.

Russell October 29, 2013, 15:40:57

This isn’t new… I recall this discussion right after Jerry’s death.

sammyfan October 29, 2013, 15:47:11

although he made the rite decision not to join the dead etc. His 1st band montrose and his solo stuff and his chickenfoot material fuckn rules!! Vanhagar was a dissapointment! I think for Sammy as well. Eddie is an A-hole! Sammy can scream and sing with the best of them. Just ask David Lee Sloth!

Ryan October 29, 2013, 16:09:38

Sammy Hagar, guitar virtuoso?

chris October 29, 2013, 16:26:55

GDTRBF>I can’t Drive 55 > The Wheel?

TennJed October 29, 2013, 16:38:53

Love the song selection!! : ) Shakedown – 3 Lockbox> Mexicali

me October 29, 2013, 16:49:41

In keeping with the theme… Space>Space Station #5>Drums

schwadog October 29, 2013, 16:57:14

throwing stones>right now>hell in a bucket!!

timmy October 29, 2013, 17:16:08

Dark Star>Mas Tequila>Morning Dew.

Nietche October 29, 2013, 17:45:34

Throwing Stones > Eagles Fly > Not Fade Away

DLR4EVER October 29, 2013, 18:25:43

Screw that, they should’ve just got David Lee Roth!!!

Team Jill October 29, 2013, 18:51:15

This is why I am glad that Jill makes all the decisions now.

St. Stephen October 30, 2013, 08:33:38 Jerry sure seemed to enjoy playing with Hagar….

red rawker 4 evah! October 30, 2013, 09:53:11

Jerry Garcia and Slammy Hagar are the same person basically. I can see that happening. Standing Hampton sounds EXACTLY like Workingmans” Dead…..or not…

Doug S. October 30, 2013, 09:57:58

He also played with The Dead in Atlanta 2003. Did a great Loose Lucy>Johnny B. Good

Charles Brown October 30, 2013, 10:05:04

Drugs, he did the right drugs man.

ED October 30, 2013, 15:21:25

He was onstage with the Dead once. Knew it would be futile to play guitar, so he sang on “Loose Lucy”...he was booed vociferously…

corey October 31, 2013, 16:38:30

Sam Hagar? He’s about as mediocre as they come. Same for those other guys without Jerry Garcia.

Bodhimila November 1, 2013, 17:27:38

Hagar…remarkable guitarist? Virtuoso? See, i KNEW someone had the sense to stash some Owsley Acid back in ’69. This dude is balls-out tripping— peaking surely — to refer to Sammy Hagar as virtuoso anything but lucky. And while virtuoso good luck means immeasurable light has benevolently been bestowed on a body— it still takes more thAn those impeccable credentials.maybe Hagar roadied for the guys one lonely post-gig night in Salt Lake City, Utah. Somrone from Devo would be better choice to help select a roadie. Doesn’t Hagar own some bar in Mexico?

Joshua Kat November 9, 2013, 11:51:57

I’m guessing that in the days after Jerry’s death, many replacement guitarists were discussed before they came to their collective senses to retire the name…Hager had to be one of worse names thrown around.

rich and fred the dog June 17, 2015, 18:30:39

I can see it now, Sammy in the Dead singing with a red bra hanging from the mic stand. Sammy the world’s luckiest hack.Oh yes, he supports the Repuglicans. Jerry must be laughing.

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