Sammy Hagar Willing to Return to Live Music Before a Vaccine, Would Rather ‘Get Sick and Even Die’ Than Let the Economy Stay Shut Down


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Sammy Hagar has been doing his best to keep busy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, uploading a few quarantine performance clips with his pals in the Circle — but he wants more.

The iconic “Red Rocker” was quoted in a new piece from Rolling Stone regarding life without concerts, a harsh reality caused by the pandemic that has the entire music industry on edge.

To put it bluntly, Hagar is ready to get back to work … no matter what, even if that means going back to live gigs without a vaccine readily available. Hagar’s full quote to Rolling Stone:

“I’ll be comfortable playing a show before there’s a vaccine, if it’s declining and seems to be going away. I’m going to make a radical statement here. This is hard to say without stirring somebody up, but truthfully, I’d rather personally get sick and even die, if that’s what it takes. We have to save the world and this country from this economic thing that’s going to kill more people in the long run. I would rather see everyone go back to work. If some of us have to sacrifice on that, OK. I will die for my children and my grandchildren to have a life anywhere close to the life that I had in this wonderful country. That’s just the way that I feel about it. I’m not going to go around spreading the disease. But there may be a time where we have to sacrifice. I mean, how many people die on the Earth every day? I have no idea. I’m sorry to say it, but we all gotta die, man.”

This comes on the heels of 90 percent of independent music venues fearing for their continued existence after the pandemic subsides, ravaged by the economic stress of this time period — as well as 600+ musicians and artists calling on Congress for more federal aid for those venues. 

These words from Sammy Hagar are coming from a place of deep frustration. Not having any live music means musicians can’t work, venues can’t work, their staffs can’t work, and so on.

David Crosby is quoted in the Rolling Stone piece, and his answer expresses more of that type of frustration, noting the financial hardship it’s put on him:

“They’re completely out of work, and a lot of them don’t make a lot of money. Everyone is like, “You’re a rock star and you drive in a Cadillac and you burn money.” Bullshit. Ninety percent of us are working people, and our job is gone.”

Other figures quoted in the Rolling Stone piece include Judy Collins, Tom Petersson, Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty, who takes a stance on the opposite side from Hagar:

“I don’t think any of us will really be ready until after we have a vaccine and people feel safe again. I’m an older person, and a lot of people my age have died. Maybe some other guy thinks it’s a good idea, but I’m not dying for Donald Trump. I’m not dying for the economy. How can you have any kind of a crowd?”


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