Singer-guitarist Sammy Hagar used to be known primarily for his anti-speed limit anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55,” and for his stint replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. But these days, the wavy-tressed rocker is getting more attention for publishing a new autobiography in which he reveals that he was abducted by aliens and subjected to the mental equivalent of what happens when you sync your iPod with your desktop computer.
As Hagar further elaborated upon in this interview with MTV.com, the purported abduction occurred Fontana, CA, where Hagar grew up. In the foothills outside town, he says that he spotted a ship containing “two creatures,” who then connected with his mind via some sort of extraterrestrial version of 4G.
It was real. [Aliens] were plugged into me. It was a download situation. 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.”
In going public with his alien abduction story, Hagar trumped the numerous celebrities–from singer Olivia Newton John and former President Jimmy Carter to NBA player Manu Ginobili –who merely claim to have seen UFOs. Judging from a few quick Google searches, Hagar seems to be the most famous person ever allegedly snatched by flying saucer pilots; the only other even remotely well-known abductee we could find was Russian politician Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who last year claimed to have been subjected to a mind-meld similar to Hagar’s.
On the other hand, Hagar’s brief brainjacking experience was fairly non-traumatic compared to accounts given by folks such as Betty and Barney Hill, the New Hampshire couple who in 1961 allegedly were physically seized by aliens and subjected to various probes, from amniocentesis to having dentures removed and examined.
Even so, Hagar’s alleged abduction leads us to wonder: Why aren’t more celebrities snatched by aliens? This surprises us, since one would assume that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization would have the ability to monitor TV signals emanating from Earth, and possibly even to remote-view the headlines of tabloids in supermarket checkout racks. It could that the self-styled “Red Rocker” has some particular attributes–intellectual or physical–that make him more interesting to other-worldly researchers than, say, Rush Limbaugh, Lindsay Lohan or the Progressive Insurance lady. It’s even more intriguing that aliens picked Hagar over, say, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who named his band after the mysterious flying objects reported by British pilots during World War II.
Hagar has been fairly good-natured about the inevitable ribbing that he’s been getting in the media; he even participated in a skit on ABC’s late night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, in which he humorously reenacted his abduction experience. We’re wondering if he’s had any sleep related problems, since in the course of our research, we came across this fascinating 2005 article from the journal Transcultural Psychiatry, which suggests that at least some alien abduction experiences may be a sort of hallucination caused by sleep paralysis.
So what would you do if aliens were to invade earth? Be sure to tune in Sunday at 8P et/pt to see what it might be like When Aliens Attack.