Van Halen fans were buoyed earlier this year when Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar exchanged friendly social media messages around the guitarist’s birthday in January.
But Hagar tells us the bonhomme was short-lived: “Let’s put it like this; When it came to my birthday I didn’t get a message. So obviously that camp – that camp, him and Alex – still have some kind of, some trip against me. I don’t know. It’s a strange one, very weird to me…I’m certainly not looking to get back in that band.”
That said, Hagar adds that he does have a vision for a Van Halen reunion that he would be willing to consider: “The only way I would be interested in a Van Halen reunion would be Michael Anthony on bass, Eddie on guitar, of course, Alex on drums of course and Sammy and Dave singing, and not necessarily together…I would be interested. I would sit down at the table across the table from everybody and work that one out if everybody was interested…That would take the competition between Dave and I to a whole new level, but it would be welcome competition. It would be, ‘Omigod, Dave just did ‘Jump’ into ‘Panama;’ Now I got to do what? I got to go out and step up my game, I got to go out and do…’Poundcake’ into ‘Right Now.’ No Dave, you got to go out and follow that.’Everybody would be real competitive, at the top of their game, trying real hard. You couldn’t slack. You have to bring it. I think that would be worth doing.”
At the moment, however, that’s just a suggestion, not a plan. Hagar will be in Austin, Texas, on Thursday (March 16) for a public interview at South By Southwest and to film an episode of his Axis TV show “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.”
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.