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Hagar Wasn’t VH First Choice


Patty Smyth has confirmed long-held rumors that Sammy Hagar was not Van Halen's first choice to replace David Lee Roth in 1985.

Smyth -- best-known for her hits "Goodbye To You" and "The Warrior" with her band Scandal -- has told Delaware Online that Eddie Van Halen indeed asked her to join the band but "had asked me not to talk about it in interviews at the time because they didn't want Sammy Hagar to feel like he was the second choice. It was a long time ago; I never bring it up, but people do ask me about it and there's no reason to deny it."

Smyth said she turned Van Halen down because she was pregnant with her daughter at the time and didn't want to relocate to California. She was also put off by the group's hard-partying ways. "In retrospect, I would have loved to have played with Eddie and the guys. I haven't always made all of the right decisions from a career perspective, but things worked out in the end."

Hagar was with Van Halen from 1986-95 and again in 2004 for a reunion tour. Roth has been back in the band since 2007, and Van Halen is reportedly working on a new album.