Sammy Hagar, the legendary former frontman of Van Halen, just spoke out to blast COVID-19 lockdowns, adding that he refuses to comply with them.
Hagar told KSHE-FM on Friday that he is “not locking down anymore,” although the 72-year-old did admit that he was concerned about coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic. “I got a little nervous,” he confessed. “I thought, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa.’ And then I thought about it, and after three weeks of lockdown, I was really getting bored, but I also started kind of liking it.”
Hagar added that while he enjoyed the downtime at first, he quickly found himself missing his family and friends. “My whole life I worked every day of my life,” he said. “Sunday, it may be the Lord’s day off, but it’s not Sammy Hagar’s day off. I worked every freakin’ day of my life in some fashion on one of my projects. Either I’m recording, or I’m writing, or whatever. So all of a sudden, I went, ‘Man, I don’t have anything to do.'”
The musician said that every morning, he followed the same routine: wake up, swim, relax. Finally, after several weeks of this, he had a moment of clarity. “[Y]ou know what I thought of?” Hagar said. “I thought, ‘You know what? I’ve had the best life of any human being on this planet. If the damn thing wants to come and get me and kill me, let it be. Life isn’t gonna be any better from this day on for the rest of my life than it has been. I swear to you: I came to grips with it, and I was not afraid. I didn’t want to get anyone else contagious if I had it, but I don’t have it — I’m healthy as a freakin’ tick.”
He continued by saying that this revelation made him consider others and their plights amid the pandemic. “[T]hen I got jumped up about it,” he explained. “I said, ‘This is bull crap, people being afraid and staying away from their own children and their own parents.’ It just took the love out of families. I hate it. I don’t say the word ‘hate’ very much, but I hate this freakin’ coronavirus crap. And I’m not afraid of it, and I’m not locking down anymore.”
That’s why Hagar is now refusing to live in fear of COVID-19 and is determined to resume his normal life. “I’m not afraid of it anymore,” he insisted. “That’s all I’m saying. Everybody, be their own self. I’m not trying to sway anyone any direction. But Sammy Hagar, I’m not afraid of it. There you go.”