In a brand new interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Sammy Hagar was once again asked about the possibility of a reunion with VAN HALEN, almost a year and a half after he sent a tweet to Eddie Van Halen wishing him a happy birthday — and getting a cordial response.
“That whole VAN HALEN thing lurking in the woods out there, I feel there’s a sniper out there — any minute the bullet is going to come flying in that says ‘VH‘ on it, ‘You’re it!’ We’ll see what happens. I don’t understand them. I haven’t understood them in a long time. I would only do it with Sam and Dave [Lee Roth] anyway. I’d rather Dave go out and sing his own songs. I’ll sing my songs. That would be the ultimate show, I think. If we could do it that way, I would suck it up. It would be fun.”
Hagar told The Pulse Of Radio a while ago that his problems with Eddie began as far back as the sessions for VAN HALEN‘s 1995 effort “Balance”, Hagar‘s last album with the group.
“Eddie needs somebody to make decisions and a leader, y’know?” he said.
“He’s not a natural born leader kind of guy. And his brother was always the leader before — or Roth was the leader before — and when Roth left, his brother and him bumped heads so much, when I walked in it was like, ‘Well, what does Sam wanna do?’ y’know?
So it became kind of like, yeah, I was making all the decisions, so then on ‘Balance’, all of a sudden, he didn’t like my decisions and it was like really weird.”
Van Halen, a legendary band that’s credited with restoring hard rock music to the forefront of the scene have been inactive for a while now. The last Van Halen album titled A Different Kind Of Truth was released back in 2012 and was hugely successful. The band toured for few years and eventually stopped touring once the album cycle ended. In the last few years, there has been a discussion on the possibility of Van Halen reuniting with classic lineup. Although this rumor has been active since 2017, it hasn’t materialized to date. The last update we had was when Sammy Hagar, who fronted the band for more than a decade, hinted about the possibility of a world tour with classic Van Halen lineup.