Former Van Halen frontman and solo artist Sammy Hagar is stirring up controversy with his comments about the coronavirus and the economy. He said that he is willing to let people die to save the economy. He includes himself in the mix.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Hager also said he was willing to do live performances “before there’s a vaccine if it’s declining and seems to be going away.” Hagar made his comments for an article on how musicians were handling not being able to go on tour. Hager added, “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 continued, “We have to save the world and this country from this economic thing that’s going to kill more people in the long run.” He also said he would “rather see everyone go back to work” and “if some of us have to sacrifice on that, OK.” He concluded saying, “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. That’s just the way that I feel about it. 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? I have no idea. I’m sorry to say it, but we all gotta die, man.”
John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival disagrees with Hagar saying that pandemic is “so real and so scary and life-threatening.” He added, Maybe some other guy thinks it’s a good idea, but I’m not dying for Donald Trump. I’m not dying for the economy. How can you have any kind of a crowd?”
Hagar’s comments come as many states are seeing an uptick in cases as states reopen.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com