The guitar player passed away on October, 2020 at the age of 65 and since then rumors of a reunion were shared but until now nothing happened. Hagar said that it’s ugly that nothing was done to honor Eddie, but he said that is not his job.
Sammy Hagar laments Eddie Van Halen’s tribute wasn’t done
“I’m so disappointed how they’ve handled everything, including when I left the band and what they did. The dysfunction in that band – when I was in the band the first nine years, we got along like freaking brothers and sisters. And we were happy together. One big family.”
“Things went wrong. Drugs and alcohol are a bad thing when it turns ugly. It’s just never been the same. For them not to have done something for Eddie Van Halen, the greatest guitar player in the world, on the planet. Greatest rock musician, I’m telling ya. It’s ugly. But it’s not my job,” Sammy Hagar said.
As informed by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, recently there were some people who were making it difficult for the reunion to happen. According to host Eddie Trunk, the one who was preventing the reunion was the singer David Lee Roth.
Meanwhile, Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle, which has ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, continues to tour and keep Van Halen’s legacy alive since they perform many songs of Hagar’s era in the band. Since David Lee Roth is not touring anymore, they are the only ex-Van Halen artists who are touring and playing the songs of the band.
Hagar was a member of the group from 1985 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2005.