Ex-Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar blasted his former bandmates in a new interview with RollingStone.com, saying there’s “no chemistry” between the members of the band now, which include original singer David Lee Roth. Hagar explained, “I can only speculate on what I’ve seen on YouTube, things people send me now and then . . . 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 added, “Van Halen was always about chemistry in the early days. Early, that band was all about f**king chemistry, man. They were on fire. When I joined the band, they had great musical chemistry. We were friends, and we were on fire. We had so much fun, it should have been illegal. Now all that’s gone.”
Asked if he thinks he will ever speak to Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen again, Sammy said, “I would hope so. Because that would be really sad if any one of us — I’ll put myself in the same category — took this to our graves . . . But who knows. Whatever. It’s not my decision because I was the one they pushed out and tried to f**k over. To me, it’s up to them to come back and say they’re sorry.”
Hagar said he’s “not sorry for anything” he did while in Van Halen, but added, “I wouldn’t want to be in a band like that right now. I’d feel like a hypocrite for joining that band. How about that? There’s a good quote for you. If I joined Van Halen right now, I’d feel like the biggest hypocrite in the world. And I’m not a hypocrite. ”
After Roth left in 1984, Hagar recorded four studio albums with the band between 1985 and 1995, rejoining briefly in 2004 for a disastrous reunion trek.
Hagar told us a while back that his last full recording experience with the band, on 1995’s Balance, was not a happy one: “That was the record where if I said black, Eddie said white, and I’d say, ‘Okay, white,’ he’d say, ‘No, I want black.’ I’d say, ‘Okay, well, I wanted black to begin with.’ Then Eddie would go, ‘Well, I don’t know what I want, I’ll let you know when I do.’ He just wanted the opposite of what I wanted. And so for me, Balance was rough. Everything was like pulling teeth. It was not a good time. Then when we finally went on tour, it was like, ‘Okay, this show is over, man.'”
Roth rejoined in 2007 for a successful reunion tour and one studio album, 2012’s A Different Kind Of Truth , along with a live set recorded in Japan. The band just completed a summer North American trek, closing it out on October 4th in Los Angeles.
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