Sammy Hagar only willing to do Van Halen reunion if he and David Lee Roth are involved
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle and spoke about a possible Van Halen reunion when he stated:
“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 anyway. I’d rather Dave (David Lee Roth) 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.”
You can read the rest of the interview at the San Francisco Chronicle.
RollingStone recently did an article about the first time that Hagar played live with Eddie Van Halen. The following is an excerpt from the article:
“He was initially unsure about the idea [of joining Van Halen]. “I never liked the band that much because I didn’t like the lyrics, personally, and I didn’t like Dave‘s persona,” he said. “I had no intentions of joining the band, but then I heard this music. I thought I was going to grab Eddie and go, ‘Hey, come do my next record.’ But when I played with the three of them there was such chemistry and it was so exciting. We played until midnight, about 12 hours without stopping.”
Right around this time, Hagar was booked to play Farm Aid. At the end of his brief set, Eddie Van Halen came out for a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll.” The chemistry was instantly apparent to everyone in the house, even if Hagar got a little excited and sang the first verse a second time at the end instead of the third one. Right afterwards, Hagar was announced as the new frontman of Van Halen, and the next year, they dropped 5150 and went on a world tour.”
You can read the rest of the article/interview at RollingStone.
Sammy Hagar with Eddie Van Halen playing cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock And Roll” at Farm Aid 1985:
Sammy Hagar & Eddie Van Halen perform a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” at Farm Aid in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985. A performance from the first Farm Aid benefit concert. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid and serve on the board of directors.