Sammy Hagar took to his website today to reassure fans that any potential plans for future touring would be "safe and responsible."
The Red Rocker aimed to clarify his words from a recent Rolling Stone interview in which he declared his willingness to "rather personally get sick and even die, if that’s what it takes" to rectify the economic downturn of COVID-19.
"We have to save the world and this country from this economic thing that’s going to kill more people in the long run," Hagar shared with Rolling Stone in their series profiling musicians adapting to a life without live concerts. "I would rather see everyone go back to work. If some of us have to sacrifice on that, OK. I will die for my children and my grandchildren to have a life anywhere close to the life that I had in this wonderful country."
The longtime musician has since explained his self-proclaimed "radical" views, as he revealed, "I did that interview May 8th when we were already several weeks into the stay-at-home, which my family and I took very seriously, and things were starting to look up, the curve was beginning flattening."
"So when I was asked if I’d be comfortable enough to get back onstage before a vaccine was out, I was cautiously optimistic," he continued. "I said, 'Yeah, not too soon.' I want to make sure it’s not escalating. When it’s declining and seems to be going away.”
Hagar concluded his message with new conviction as he shared, "Big picture, it’s about getting back to work in a safe and responsible way and getting this economy rolling again. I will do my part. I stand by that. I employ 200 people directly and when we tour even more. Like everything today, it’s a watch and see over the next few months but we remain cautiously optimistic that with the right improvements and safety measures in place, we might be able to play shows this year. That said, as things change, for the better or worse, we will appropriately adjust our plans."