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- Posted on Mar 1st 2007 4:44PM by Jessica Robertson
While never particularly beloved by pundits or critics, Van Halen have earned the ultimate people's band induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"I'm the luckiest man in the world," former frontman Sammy Hagar tells Spinner. "I've been singing for the better part of my life, and I get paid extremely well to do it. I had regular jobs when I was young, but it's been a long, long time since I had to worry about where my next paycheck was coming from, and not many people are lucky enough to have that advantage. I'm just some guy who opens his mouth and gets paid."
Hagar and his Van Halen mates are rather humble about the Rock Hall honor, giving more credit to the band's fellow 2007 inductees. "It's pretty amazing," he says. "The fact that R.E.M. can be as functional as they are after this long is really incredible. And Patti Smith? Anyone who doesn't fall into line, she'll definitely chew 'em out [laughs]. She's one of the great, true rockers. I'm really looking forward to meeting her. Whether she'd like to meet me or not is another matter [laughs]. We're kind of the odd band out -- we're the rock-star band, not that I really think of myself that way. You've got art, and you've got a bunch of nuts!"
Read our exclusive Q&A with Van Halen's Sammy Hagar