Sammy Hagar, like every other musician, has had to put their summer tour plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he definitely wants to return to the stage as soon as humanly possible.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hagar was asked if he’d be comfortable performing again before a COVID-19 vaccine, and the Red Rocker gave a resounding answer of “Yes.”
“I’m going to make a radical statement. I’m always good for that. Yeah, not too soon. I want to make sure it’s not escalating,” said Hagar. “When it’s declining and seems to be going away. I mean, it’s the flu, I guess, unless there is something I don’t know. So there’s a season where it’s going to go, “Eh.” I mean, someone is going to get it always. It’s like the cold or pneumonia. Someone is always getting something. But if it calms down and it seems OK, I wouldn’t mind playing an outdoor amphitheater. I’ve already talked to the promoters and the powers that be that own those places. I’ve said, ‘What if we put sterilization things all over the place? Hand sanitizers, too. And hand out face masks.’ I’m not talking about now. I’m talking about when it first starts opening back up. In a big open-air setting, only sell 10,000 out of 19,000. Whatever. I’m fine with it.”
Hagar then continued, “But truthfully I’d rather personally get sick and even personally 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. Look at homelessness. If you want to talk about a pandemic, friggin’ homelessness in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago … I’ve been all over America, man. It’s growing faster than anything. This shutdown of the economy is going to make that escalate 10 times and then we’re all going to be sick and you can’t walk down the street. 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 and freedom. That’s just the way that I feel about it….People are going to die every day. How many people die on the Earth every day? I have no idea. Just because of this virus, it’s probably not many more than people that die of something. I’m sorry to say that. But we all gotta die, man.”
Hagar does think some good will come out of the coronavirus pandemic, from adjusting work-life balances and even positive effects on the environment.
“I think people are going to get used to having an easier life, said Hagar. “When they get used to working from home, there won’t be so much traffic on the road because people are going to realize they don’t need those big ego-trip offices in the big office building. We all get back to a little more nature and that may be the best thing to come out of this. Let the planet heal. The air will clear up since there won’t be so much traffic on the road. People won’t be so uptight going back and forth to work and going up to an office all day and having big desks and secretaries. They can get back to simplified things. And you’re probably going to make more money. If that’s your goal, to make a zillion dollars, get rid of that big-ass f*ckin’ office and all the people that you don’t need and do the sh*t yourself. Your family life will be better and your overhead will come down. Simplify. Simplify.”