Sammy Hagar: Full Van Halen Reunion ‘Would’ve Right Everything’

Sammy Hagar recently expressed regret that the rumors in full scale Van Halen reunion tour never materialized, saying the intergenerational tour “would have fixed everything.”

In a wide range Rolling stones interview, the Red Rocker discussed the prospect of embarking on a tour that featured Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth and himself (and potentially the band’s short-lived third singer, Gary Cherone). Wolfgang Van Halen previously referred to the walk as “Tour of the kitchen sink.”

“What a shame, huh? I mean, honestly, the shame is that Eddie Van Halen is no longer with us. That’s the shame,” Hagar said. “But if we would have done it … all the damage that I did with my book, the damage that Ed did with his actions and his things that he did publicly, and the Cherone fraud and the Roth reunions, my reunion … it would I fixed everything, if we would have done that trip. It would have fixed everything, and I wanted to. Just for all of us to say, “We’re clean again. We are angels. We are spotless.” ‘”

Hagar also admitted he was “embarrassed to say I was in Van Halen” during the band’s last outing with Roth, which ran through 2015. “About six or seven years ago when they were out with Dave, and Ed was still really out of shape,” he elaborated. “They were out there making a lot of noise like Van Halen, and someone would say, ‘Sammy Hagar from Van Halen.’ And I’d say, “Hey, hey. Just Sam Hagar. That’s enough.” I wanted people to know that, but it was almost like it was a black mark because Roth was doing crazy things and Ed was doing crazy things. I didn’t want anyone to think, that I was Diamond Dave.”

A proper Van Halen tour is impossible now, but there are rumors of a tribute tour Joe Satriani has been churning the rumor mill for the past few months, ever since Metallica bassist Jason Newsted revealed that he was in conversations also to participate. Hagar told Rolling stones that Van Halen manager Irving Azoff had also approached him about a tribute effort, but he had reservations.

“I knew it was about it because Irving Azoff had called me. He said, ‘I want a residency in Vegas with you and Mike and Al and a superstar guitar player,'” Hagar said. “And I said ‘Like who?’ And he said, ‘Like Joe Satriani.’ I said, ‘It just sounds like Chicken feet with Alex Van Halen instead Chad Smith.’ I wasn’t much for that, as much as I love Joe. He could probably do that job the best because he’s so goofy anal with the way he plays and every note.”

Hagar also said he strongly opposed the idea of ​​any group of musicians going on the road under the Van Halen name — with one exception. “If there was ever a situation where there was a Van Halen tribute somehow with Alex, Mike, myself, Dave, if he wanted to collaborate and Wolfie played Eddie’s parts, it would now be worth calling ‘ Van Halen,’ “wait a minute,” he said. “Wolfie would be crazy to drop his life and his creativity and his career to be his father’s impersonator. But for a moment it could be great.”

The Circle singer said that if a Van Halen tribute show were ever to become a reality, he would prefer to keep it short and sweet and give away the proceeds. “I’m thinking of a one-off weekend or something where we give the money away to some cause,” he said. “It can’t just be, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get some money.’ I have lots of money. There’s nothing I would do for money that I just wasn’t in love with the idea of ​​doing. And I’m not in love with the idea of ​​being Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen.

“Actually, I’m dead against it,” he continued. “But I’d love to play music with Alex and Mike again. I’d love to play those songs again. And if we did a residency or a tribute, I’d sing 50/50. I’d also sing half of Dave- the songs for Van Halen fans. And those songs are great. I don’t mind singing some of them. The lyrics don’t fit into my life today, but neither do [Montrose songs] ‘Rock Candy’ or ‘Bad Motor Scooter’.” The first step to all of this would be Hagar reconciling with Alex Van Halen, whom he hasn’t seen since the end of Van Halen’s. disastrous Hagar reunion tour in 2004.

“I walked off the stage, someone walks up and grabs me and said, ‘Go ahead. Get the hell out of here right now. Go,'” Hagar recalled. “Well, he just knew a fight was going to break out because Ed was so belligerent on the last show that I wanted to beat his ass.”

He continued: “So Alex came up to me right there at the same time and gave me a big hug and said, ‘I love you, man. Thanks. Be careful. Safe flight.’ And that was the last time. And I think we talked on the phone a little bit, but I don’t know what happened to Al. He was drinking, like, the Kool-Aid or something.”

Despite their estrangement, Hagar agreed that a reunion of Van Halen’s living members would bring closure to fans, and he said he hopes to bury the hatchet with Alex at some point. “Every time he came to me for a reunion or to get back in the studio after taking a break, he’d say, ‘Sam, we’re not getting any younger.’ So I wanted to tell him,” Hagar said. “Then we’d have a big laugh and catch up. I wouldn’t start with business stuff as it wouldn’t be first on my agenda. I’d like to see how he’s really doing. Hopefully he’s fine and then we’d be able to reconnect immediately like we did for the reunion.”

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