The singer and guitarist Sammy Hagar, who was a member of Van Halen from 1985 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2005, said in an interview with That Rocks! (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) that a reunion of the group to honor the late legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen won’t happen. According to him, the drummer Alex Van Halen doesn’t return his calls and he thinks that the original singer David Lee Roth wouldn’t accept him on a possible reunion show either.
Sammy Hagar says there won’t be a Van Halen reunion
“It’s the same old story. It’s the same old fucking story. Alex won’t respond to me. I reach out to him. I haven’t done it in a long time now, ’cause it’s, like, ‘Hey, you wanna talk to me? Call me.’ But there’s not going to be a Van Halen reunion. First of all, it’s too late. I’ve already said it a million times — Wolfie is doing such a great job with what he’s doing, and he would be the perfect guy, so that’s out. Dave and I are still alive, but there’s no way he would cooperate with me.”
“So if he goes out by himself, that’s not a Van Halen reunion; that’s half a Van Halen reunion. If I go out by myself without him, it’s a half a Van Halen reunion. Only good news about that is that I could sing his songs just fine. But Mike and I are like this *crosses fingers), and if Al wanted to come and play with us… I would love to play with Al.”
“I said it recently, that I would love to play music with Al. I would like to write a song with Al. I would like to go in the studio and jam with Al. But the thought of a Van Halen reunion without Eddie, no, there’s no such thing,” Sammy Hagar said.
Van Halen’s final concert happened at the Hollywood Bowl back in October, 2015. In 2020, the co-founder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away, victim of cancer at the age of 65.