Sammy Hagar hasn’t spoken to Eddie Van Halen since final show of 2004 reunion tour
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar recently was interviewed by RollingStone and inevitably, the interview turned to a potential Van Halen reunion involving Hagar. However, for a reunion to happen between Hagar and the Van Halen brothers — guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen — a modicum of communication is necessary.
RollingStone asked Hagar if he had spoken to Eddie Van Halen since the final show of the band’s 2004 reunion tour to which Hagar stated: “Nope. The closest thing we’ve had to a conversation was I wished him a happy birthday two years ago [via Twitter], and I said, “I hope you’re doing good.” He got back and said … I’m sure his publicist or his social media person probably did it, but with his blessings I’m sure, and he said, “Hey, thank you, I hope you’re doing well too,” or something like that.”
In terms of the rumours of a Van Halen reunion tour with Hagar and the chances of that happening, the Red Rocker advised: “I haven’t talked to anyone, and I’m not reaching out. I’m gonna tell you exactly what my dream would be, though. It would be Sam, Dave, Mike, Al and Eddie [the band’s 1984 lineup, plus Hagar]. If [Eddie‘s son] Wolfie‘s band opened, that’s fine.
I’d say, “Dave, you go out and play two songs, then walk off the stage. I walk out, I’ll do two songs. I’ll walk off, you do two songs.” Can you imagine the competition of that? Dave goes out and does “Jump,” and “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love.” I go out there and blow out something like “Good Enough.” You gotta hit it hard, and you better be good. I would give my money to food banks if they would do the same. I would love to give the fans the greatest Van Halen show they could possibly have today. And then say, “OK, I still don’t like you guys.”…
I think it could happen in a second. I think there’s so much money involved that somebody will make it happen. Think of the promoters, managers, T-shirt guys, you name it.”
Hagar went on to add: “Yeah. I really think it’s kind of inevitable. And if it doesn’t happen, it’s getting kind of late now. If it doesn’t happen by next year … Here I am making predictions again. But at 75, I don’t want to do a Van Halen reunion.” Hagar turns 70 in October and was asked to confirm that he’d do the Van Halen reunion at 71 to which he stated: “Exactly.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Hagar at RollingStone.