In the Pipeline: A charmed, uncensored life

Rocker Sammy Hagar shares remarkable stories — from this world and others — at Bella Terra.

March 30, 2011|By Chris Epting
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Famed rocker Sammy Hagar has been on the road talking about his new, rip-roaring rock 'n' roll memoir, "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock." He's had a lot of onstage and backstage encounters in his career, but the most bizarre encounter of all may have involved aliens.

The book is a wild and crazy romp that covers all the chapters of "the Red Rocker's" life. There's his time in the hard rock band Montrose; his workmanlike solo career, which culminated in his arena-ready road rage anthem "I Can't Drive 55"; and, of course, his epic run as the front man for Van Halen.

And, as you may have heard lately, there's the section in his book that recounts some strange dreams about UFOs that he had as a youngster.

The 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee thinks he may have been "manipulated" in some way by a force not of this Earth, if not abducted by aliens. The story touched off a firestorm of interest, and as luck would have it, I got to chat with Hagar the day after the news broke when he came to town for a book signing at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra.


He signed a few copies in the green room before heading upstairs to meet about 450 fans, but then took some time to speak with me.

"I believe in God, I believe in aliens — and I believe in Elvis," he said, chuckling, before getting somewhat more serious on the topic. "We're not the only ones, trust me, and those people that think we are, they're the crazy ones — don't call me crazy," Hagar said, grinning, while talking about his belief that the universe is simply too vast not to contain other life forms.

"I also believe God made all of this around us, but that he didn't make just us," he said.

For all of his good-natured craziness and life-of-the-party persona, Hagar is thoughtful when talking about how his childhood dreams may be based in reality. He doesn't make any claims of having seen UFOs or aliens themselves, but he seems to think he was part of something more cerebral or technology-based instead.

As for the specific incident Hagar recounted from his dreams, he said, "They were 14 miles away from me, and we were connected in some kind of way, and either they were downloading or uploading, I don't know. ... It was something that existed between us: me and whatever was communicating with me from out there."

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