Ex-Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has responded to remarks made by original and current singer David Lee Roth when Roth was asked earlier this month by Billboard if he would ever consider performing Van Halen songs recorded with Hagar. Roth’s response was, “Well, there’s a credibility issue there. Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn’t. And that’s why it sold half as well.”
Hagar said on his own radio show, “The (Van Halen) boys are out on tour — happily doing well, I hope — but they’re not playing any Van Hagar songs. My buddy Diamond (Dave) said it was something about a quality issue. I laughed. I’m cracking up. You know, sometimes the guy says the wackiest things. But there’s a lot of truth in that. A quality issue — you think about that. Think about them with Diamond, singing this next song, it would definitely be a quality issue, okay?”
Hagar went on to play a live version of the song “Right Now,” which he recorded with Van Halen on its 1992 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Roth and Hagar actually toured together in 2002, when neither one of them was in Van Halen, although Hagar told us at the time that they weren’t exactly pals: “In the beginning of the tour, Dave and I got along pretty good, ’cause we were trying to make it happen. And once it happened, and everybody got used to that, we went back to our old selves, who don’t get along, and all the stuff backstage got ugly a couple of times.”
Roth was a member of Van Halen from its founding in the mid-’70s until 1985, rejoining in 2007 for a world tour and 2012’s A Different Kind Of Truth album.
Hagar recorded four studio albums with the band between 1985 and 1995, rejoining briefly in 2004 for a disastrous reunion trek.
With Roth on the mic, Van Halen will kick off a 41-date North American tour on July 5th in Auburn, Washington.
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