The song was originally written in the mid-90s for use in the 1996 film Twister, but it was eventually shelved. (Two other songs were used in the film: “People,” credited to the entire band, and “Respect the Wind,” credited only to Eddie and Alex Van Halen.)
However, Hagar has suggested that “Between Us Two” may be released in the future. Talking about Consequence Podcast “Kyle Meredith With …”the singer said the song was fully finished in the ’90s and has been sitting in the band’s archives.
“I don’t know if I can revive it, but we got it, it’s done,” he said. “It’s in the archives; they’re going to find it. They’re looking through the archives right now to try to recreate some of the old stuff from my era. They’re going to find it. It’s going to be a treasure.”
Hagar told UCR in 2021 that there were “a few jams” in the vault, but admitted that some of them “just weren’t good.” He noted that a handful of the tracks were left unfinished, but added that completing them was not something he wanted to pursue on his own. “I’m very careful about all that stuff because I don’t want to make enemies with anybody in that camp,” he said. “You know, it’s not my place to jump out and finish a Van Halen song.”
On the podcast, Hagar warned that releasing “Between Us Two” is easier said than done. “[Resurrecting it] would have to go through the Van Halen camp, and it’s kind of dysfunctional over there,” he said. “There’s never been a fearless leader in the Van Halen camp. [David Lee] Roth was a while. I was for a while. Then Eddie [Van Halen] took over a while, Alex saw [Van Halen] come in. … Now Wolfie [Van Halen] is the fearless leader.”
Hagar expressed a similar view in another recent interview, speaking with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation show. “There’s no Van Halen. … Wolfie is Van Halen, okay?” he said. “And he doesn’t want to be the Van Halen copycat. I don’t blame him. He does a good job with his own stuff, and it’s very cool when he jams a little bit here and there. He’s Van Halen, and if he wanted to playing guitar with Al and Mikey [Anthony] and myself, I would love to do that.”
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