"First I said, 'What the fuck are you doing putting us the same time as Van Halen?' " Hagar says now. "It's just gonna cause a needless competition between the fans, and I don't like that. I want the fans to feel like they can love Van Halen and that they can love Chickenfoot totally the same. I don't have any way of competing with those guys; you can't compete with Van Halen. I'm part of that legacy, how could I go out and compete with something I'm part of? I don't look at us like that, but I know some people do. You want to go see Van Halen one night and see us the next and compare us, you want to do that? Roll up your sleeves and come on. I welcome it, because I think this band is smokin'."
By comparison, Cherone, wants a competition, but not with Van Halen. He wants to roll with Chickenfoot, and he's called out Hagar to take Extreme on the road with them this year for a tour that would make perfect sense. "I love Gary," says Hagar. "He's a nice guy. I like Extreme. It would probably be a good package. . . . I could see it working."
The only question is whether Roth and the Van Halens would be hitting up YouTube to see those tour highlights.
VAN HALEN + KOOL AND THE GANG | TD GARDEN, 100 Legends Way, Boston | March 11 @ 7:30 pm | $47-$147
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