Hagar's book is a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle, backstage ride that puts the pedal to the metal through all the chapters of "the Red Rocker's" life. There's his time in the hard rock band Montrose; his workmanlike solo career, which culminated in his arena-ready road rage anthem "I Can't Drive 55"; and, of course, his epic run as the frontman for Van Halen.
There's sex, drugs and Hagar's Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain.
And there's the section in his book that recounts some strange dreams about UFOs that he had as a youngster.
The 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee thinks he may have been "manipulated" in some way by a force not of this Earth, if not abducted by aliens. The story has touched off a firestorm of interest, and as Hagar told AOL News, he firmly believes in aliens (which he also states in his book).
"I believe in God, I believe in aliens -- and I believe in Elvis," he said, chuckling, before getting somewhat more serious on the topic. "We're not the only ones, trust me, and those people that think we are, they're the crazy ones -- don't call me crazy," Hagar said, grinning, while talking about his belief that the universe is simply too vast to not contain other life forms.
"I also believe God made all of this around us, but that he didn't make just us," he said.
For all of his good-natured rambunctiousness and life-of-the-party persona, Hagar is thoughtful when talking about how his childhood dreams may be based in reality. He doesn't make any claims of having seen UFOs or aliens themselves, but he seems to think he was part of something more cerebral or technology-based instead.
As for the specific incident Hagar recounted from his dreams, he explained that "they were 14 miles away from me, and we were connected in some kind of way, and either they were downloading or uploading, I don't know. ... It was something that existed between us: me and whatever was communicating with me from out there."
Rather than worry about people who might scoff at his dream-based memories of extraterrestrials, Hagar is completely comfortable in his assertions and holds nothing back. It's the same philosophy that went into his book.
"I'm honest about how I feel, and I make no apologies," Hagar said. "This is how it was, these are some amazing stories about my life and the people around me, and I wanted this book to feel just like one of my shows: bam, bam, bam, bam. Fast and furious and fun. Where you go, 'Wow, show's over? It seemed like 10 minutes -- but he was up there for two hours.'"
(It should be noted that Hagar's interest in space, sci-fi and the unknown goes way back. Musically, his tune "Space Station #5" appeared on the 1973 Montrose debut album.)
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