Hagar never liked Lee Roth

Sammy Hagar says he was never a fan of David Lee Roth and he claims the original plans for Van Halen when he joined the band were to rebrand as Van Hagar.
Lee Roth split with Van Halen in 1985 prompting fears for the future of the rock heavyweights. Hagar was drafted in on the mic within months as the band continued their momentum without breaking stride.
Now reflecting on his 11-year stint with the band in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone, Hagar reveals he had reservations about joining Van Halen initially.
He tells Rolling Stone: “I never liked the band that much because I didn't like the lyrics, personally, and I didn't like Dave's persona. I had no intentions of joining the band, but then I heard this music. I thought I was going to grab Eddie and go, "Hey, come do my next record." But when I played with the three of them there was such chemistry and it was so exciting. We played until midnight, about 12 hours without stopping. We jammed a blues song and a bunch of others.
“I went to sleep, woke up the next morning and went, "Wow, I'm joining that band." That's all it was. It was all about the music. I had nothing to do with fame and fortune, none of that. It was so inspiring.”
He continues: “I was never a fan of Dave. He wasn't the kind of artist I was looking at and going, "I want to be like that." Never in a million years. My favorite artists were Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Peter Gabriel. I know it sounds crazy, but those kind of artists were who I looked up to and who I wanted to be like. 
“After playing with those guys I realized the band was really about the music, and all this showmanship and stuff was attractive, but once that flamboyant thing got your attention, your attention immediately went over to Eddie. You'd go, "That guy is really unique. That guy can play.”
After the departure of Lee Roth, the band’s label had toyed with the idea of a name change, something Hagar says was seriously considered.
“Yeah, that's what Warner Bros. and Geffen wanted (Van Hagar),” he says.
“I was on Geffen then and [David Geffen] was talking to Mo Ostin about how it could work. They start saying, "What if it don't work?" I'm sure they tossed around the idea of calling it Van Hagar as an experiment just in case Van Halen got back together. 
“We all said, "No." It would have been interesting. Looking back now, it's sort of a way to divide the two eras up. But we were so fearless when we realized what we could all do together.”
.After 11-years Hagar and Van Halen split in what the singer considers a huge mistake. Reflecting on the music landscape of the time he recalls Van Halen standing defiantly against the changing music genres as he express regret at how things played out.
“Yeah. Breaking up then was the worst timing they could have possibly done,” recalls Hagar.
“Grunge was kicking everyone's ass but ours. All the hair bands were taking a dump, but not Van Halen. ‘Balance’ was Number One and the tour was sold out. We were the only ones holding our own against all the grunge bands. 
“To make a change then was a big mistake. I think it still is for Van Halen. I think if we had stuck all that out and kept making good records, we could probably still be a real thing, probably what Led Zeppelin would be if they were still around. There are certain bands that had that thing, and Van Halen was certainly one of them.” 
He adds: “I would like to have seen what Ed and I could have done as songwriters. I'm not saying I want to do it again because I think we lost that opportunity, but one of the biggest mistakes that Van Halen made was trying to break up when the world of music was changing."