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Sammy Hagar doesn’t want a Van Halen reunion

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Sammy Hagar doesn’t want a Van Halen reunion

If there is anyone in the world who hopes for a meeting between Sammy Hagar and Van Halen we don’t have good news. The former lead singer said in an interview with Classic Rock that he is afraid to contact Eddie and Alex Van Halen because he doesn’t want them to think he wants to return to the band.


Sammy said, “I’m afraid that if I came in and really try to contact Ed and Alex, they’d think I’d be trying to get back into the band or trying to make a meeting”.

“And I’m not, I’m so happy with The Circle – we played the Van Halen songs I wrote with Ed as well as anyone, but I’m just happy to have only five or six Van Halen songs on my set.”

“I don’t want to be asked to do this because I feel like I have to do this, but I really don’t want to. I’m sorry, no.”

Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth, recording four studio albums between 1985 and 1995.

Recently Michael Anthony said that is currently Hagar’s bandmate on The Circle, said he was contacted a while ago but they never called him back about Van Halen’s reunion.

He said:

“They were gonna try to plan a thing for this summer. And for whatever reason… I was never… My people were never… They never got in touch with us about any kind of a contract or any kind of a meeting to discuss or whatever. And the next thing I knew, the plug got pulled on it.”

“I spoke with [Van Halen’s manager] Irving Azoff last October — that’s when I first heard from him — and he asked if I would be interested in any kind of a reunion, and I told him, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I was finishing up a couple of shows with Sammy and I said, ‘Yeah, I’d be interested to hear what you guys have going on.’”

“I never heard a call back. And then, right after the first of the year, I got… [singer] David Lee Roth’s, Dave’s business manager or lawyer, or something, got ahold of me about a meeting or something. And so at that point, I gave it over to our manager, because I didn’t wanna start getting in this whole thing — I wanted to do it the correct way, especially after the way things went for me in 2004.”

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