Rocker Sammy Hagar wants economy to re-open even if it means dying
The former Van Halen frontman said he'd be comfortable playing a show before there’s a vaccine
June 24, 2020 - 2:39pm
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Rocker Sammy Hagar is over coronavirus lockdowns and said he’d rather perform concerts and die from COVID-19 than watch the economy plummet.
The 72-year-old former Van Halen frontman said in a Rolling Stone interview that he’d be comfortable playing a show before there’s a vaccine.
“I’m going to make a radical statement here. This is hard to say without stirring somebody up, but truthfully, I’d rather personally get sick and even die, if that’s what it takes,” he said.
The Red Rocker, who in the past has said he supports Trump, says he wants to leave behind a strong economy for his children and grandchildren.
“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."
Hagar was interviewed alongside 14 other artists who spoke about life without live concerts.
Large music events, such as Coachella, Stagecoach and Ultra Music Festival have been cancelled since the coronavirus pandemic that’s sickened more than 9.2 million people and killed more than 477,800 worldwide. Even as states continue to reopen, other music events are being postponed.
“I’m not going to go around spreading the disease. But there may be a time where we have to sacrifice. I mean, how many people die on the Earth every day?” Hagar said. “I’m sorry to say it, but we all gotta die, man.”
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