Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent Explain How They Broke Up Styx
Seems Hagar was performing before Styx (we're guessing this was at the 1983 Dallas Texxas Jam), just before the group initially went their separate ways in 1984, when Nugent joined him for an encore song that convinced Tommy Shaw to leave. Hagar was doing a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" when Nugent made a memorable entrance.
"Not only did I blow up the Trans Am on stage, and smash my guitar into the speakers and blow my speakers up," Hagar says in an upcoming edition of his radio program, "but Ted Nugent comes jumping over the drum riser, lands on the ground and we go into that for an encore. And it's like, 'Styx will be right out, ladies and gentlemen,'" Hagar adds, laughing uproariously.
Nugent takes up the story, saying that "by the time they hit the stage, 60 percent of the audience went, 'I don't want to ruin this high I just got on.'" The headliners finally emerged, performing a then-current hit. "And then Styx," Hagar adds, "came out with 'Mr. Roboto.'" Hagar says Tommy Shaw "told me straight up, 'I quit the band after that.'"
Hagar seems to take some small amount of pride in how it all unfolded. "We actually broke Styx up," he marvels, in a preview clip courtesy of Scorch, Mikey and Russ. "They tried to follow us," Nugent adds.
The only thing Sammy and Ted don't immediately agree about is just how far Nugent leapt as he went over the drums. Nugent puts it at 26 feet. Hagar, on the other hand, says "it was at least 20 feet." Either way, Nugent quips, "that's why I've had both of my knees replaced."
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