Sammy Hagar Wanted James Hetfield To Feature On 'Friends' Album

Chickenfoot’s Sammy Hagar will release Sammy Hagar & Friends a solo album on September 24, featuring an array of high-profile guests. Long-time friend of Haggar, legendary Metallica frontman James Hetfield, respecfully declined the offer.

In a recent interview with the RollingStone, Hagar revealed he wasn’t able to get every musician he wanted: “I didn't really want to say this, but I'm completely honest: James Hetfield is a dear friend and we hang out in Hawaii a lot. Kid Rock did the duet on 'Knockdown Dragout', which he recorded for me instantly. I would've just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done. After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the 'Knockdown! Dragout!' part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, 'I'm completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.' And then he said, ' . . . but it isn't my style.' And I said, 'It's OK. I still love you, James.”

Sammy Hagar also that James has become a great frontman: “He's really powerful, and he doesn't bullshit. He's not up there doing cheap shit to become a good frontman, like I do. I'll use a stupid line like, 'Are we having any fun yet?' just to get a reaction... James doesn't even use that shit and he's still got charisma up the ass. He's really strong, man.”

"I really wanted him on there, but it doesn't fit...But he's my friend, and I would've loved to have had him on it," said Hagar.

Hagar's Chickenfoot bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Journey Neal Schon, HEART's Nancy Wilson and various members of Montrose, just to name a few that will make an appearance on Sammy Hagar & Friends. The album will also included covers of Bob Seger's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' and Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus.'
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