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Sammy Hagar was abducted by aliens? Ex-Van Halen rocker talks about encounter in book

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03/21/2011 by Corinne Heller

Sammy Hagar, one of the former singers of the rock band Van Halen, says he once had an alien encounter.

Hagar, who is also known as the "Red Rocker," describes the experience in his new memoir "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock," which features many tales of sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

Hagar said on "The Howard Stern Show" on SIRIUS XM satellite radio last week that the encounter occured around 1967.

In the book, Hagar says he saw "two creatures" inside a spaceship that hovered above his California home as he was asleep in bed with his then-wife, Betsy

"I couldn't see their faces," Hagar, 63, says in the book. "I just knew that there were two intelligent creatures, sitting up in a craft in the Lytle Creek forest area about twelve miles away in the foothills above. And they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection."

"I was kind of waking up," he added. "They said, in their communication to each other, no words spoken, 'Oh. He's waking up. We've got to go.' They fired off a numerical code, but it was not of our numerical system. There was a split second where I was still seeing everything, and then it was over, like someone pulled the cord or whatever."

Hagar says his bedroom then appeared "white" and that he could not move or make out any objects.

"All of a sudden, pow, the connection instantly broke," he says in the book. "I jolted. The room went back to black. Everything returned to normal. It was four o'clock in the morning. I was shaking. My heart was pounding."

Hagar told MTV, when asked about the encounter, that his experience "was a download situation," adding: "This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren't even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, '(Expletive), they downloaded something into me!' Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment. 'See what this guy knows.'"

Hagar was Van Halen's lead singer from the mid 1980s to about 1996. During the time, the band released popular songs such as "Love Walks In," "Dreams" and "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)."

Hagar had replaced David Lee Roth, aka "Diamond Dave" as the group's frontman. After Hagar and Van Halen parted ways, the group hired Gary Cherone of the rock band Extreme, known for its song "More Than Words," as the lead singer during the late 1990s.

Hagar and Roth both embarked on a solo career and toured together eight years ago. Hagar's hit "I Can't Drive 55" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1989 movie "Back to the Future 2."

Hagar has in recent years slammed Roth, saying he is a better singer than "Diamond Dave." He told MTV that Roth is "not a nice guy at all" and is "just an act." Roth has not responded to his comments and is currently working with Van Halen again on a new record.

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