Ugly Band Breakups: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar
Even if you can see life with the willfully flamboyant David Lee Roth getting tiring, certainly Van Halen would be able to get along with his replacement, the affable, hard-working Sammy Hagar, right?
Well, for about a decade, really well, yeah. But in 1996, Hagar quit or was fired after a series of arguments over movie soundtrack songs, greatest hits albums and most divisively, a secret reunion with Roth.
After that reunion and a stint with Extreme frontman Gary Cherone flamed out, Van Halen brought Hagar back into the fold for a 2004 tour that imploded even more spectacularly. Bassist Michael Anthony jumped ship to form Chickenfoot with Hagar, who gleefully lobs verbal grenades at his old bandmates quite regularly.