Ways To Be Wicked: How Lone Justice was sunk by Sammy Hagar's profanity
In 1985, L.A.-based Lone Justice looked like a sure thing opening for U2 on tour, making friends with noted musicians and releasing their critical acclaimed debut album. Famous fans included Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, who wrote Ways to Be Wicked and the song includes the organ playing of fellow Heartbreaker Benmont Tench.
Despite the industry love, sales were sluggish enough that Lone Justice only lasted a few more years before McKee embarked on a solo career.
In Sammy Hagar’s autobiography Red, Sammy told the story about the first Farm Aid in 1985, where he first appeared on stage with Eddie Van Halen. Telecasted live, Hagar let the “F-word” slip out, prompting the end of the live telecast. Following Hagar was Lone Justice and Sammy is pretty sure that McKee stills holds a grudge against him and holds Hagar responsible for never giving Lone Justice their chance to shine on national TV.
- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger