Sammy Hagar revealed in a new interview with Classic Rock Report why he sent a tweet to Eddie Van Halen last month wishing him a happy birthday — and getting a cordial response — despite the bad blood that has existed between the two of them since 2004. Hagar said that part of the reason he did it was because of the recent deaths of rock legends Glenn Frey and David Bowie.
He explained, “It just makes you stop and think that, you know, with my relationship with Eddie Van Halen and stuff that’s always been in the toilet, it makes you say, ‘I don’t want to be buried with any regrets or bad vibes like that.’ It makes you want to be just friends with everybody and say, ‘Hey, look, forget it.’ Even if you don’t want to be in a band together, just let’s be friends. No more enemies for me. You don’t want to go to your grave with enemies. So that’s what it’s done for me. It woke me up and said, ‘no more enemies.’ And before I die, I won’t have any, if I have my way.”
Hagar told us a while back that his problems with Eddie began as far back as the sessions for Van Halen’s 1995 effort Balance, Hagar’s last album with the group: “Eddie needs somebody to make decisions and a leader, y’know? He’s not a natural born leader kind of guy. And his brother (drummer Alex Van Halen) was always the leader before — or Roth was the leader before — and when Roth left, his brother and him bumped heads so much, when I walked in it was like, ‘Well, what does Sam wanna do?’ y’know? So it became kind of like, yeah, I was making all the decisions, so then on Balance all of a sudden he didn’t like my decisions and it was like really weird.”
Hagar blasted his former bandmates in an interview last year, saying there was “no chemistry” between the members of the group’s current lineup, including original singer David Lee Roth.
Hagar said at the time, “There’s just no chemistry up there. They don’t like each other. I mean, it’s obvious. It’s like a backup band with a guy out there in front. I bet they don’t say five words to each other offstage.”
Hagar remains busy with several projects, including The Circle and Chickenfoot, both of which also feature ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
Van Halen has been quiet since completing a North American tour last summer and putting out a concert set called Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert.
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