Sammy Hagar was abducted by aliens. It’s true. In an interview with MTV Hive — the new MTV Web site — he says he’s certain that decades ago, extraterrestrials tapped into his mind.
“It was real,” Hagar says. “[Aliens] were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless.There weren’t even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, ‘[Expletive], they downloaded something into me! Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment. See what this guy knows.’ ”
Well, that explains why, somewhere in the universe, a whole bunch of aliens are having a hard time driving under 55 mph.
Hagar, who is promoting his new memoir “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” says he did not delve too deeply into his alien abduction experience in the book because his writing partner, Joel Selvin, advised him against it.
“My opinions about the UFO stuff, well, I could write a whole book just devoted to that,” Hagar says. “I love it, man. I’m into it deep.”
“Another thing happened when I was about 4 that I didn’t put into the book,” he continues. “One time I saw what I considered to be, well, at the time I thought it was a car with no wheels. We lived out in the country and I saw this thing floating across a field, creating this big dust storm. I threw rocks at it and [expletive]. And I don’t know what happened after that.”
So is this what happens when you spend a little too much time knocking back tequila at Cabo Wabo? Or is it possible Hagar really was kidnapped by otherworldly beings?
Personally, I don’t find the alien part of it so nutty. I grew up on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.” — I was raised to think that extraterrestrials would show up on this planet eventually.
The part that’s a little tougher to process is why they would choose to access the brain of one Sammy Hagar. Were they under the mistaken impression that he knew the answer to the eternal question, “Why Can’t This Be Love”? Is the most significant number on their planet 5150?
It’s unclear. But bless Mr. Hagar for giving us an interesting blog item this morning. I look forward to seeing him later this summer, when both of us will be at the front of the ticket holders’ line for “Super 8.”