Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar was asked in a new interview with the Daily Bulletin what he would do if the band asked him to return. Hagar replied, “My favorite thing to say without biting my own tongue is ‘no comment.’ Every time I turned around, it was a no-win situation . . . I would always get 50 percent of the Van Halen fans saying, ‘Right on, you rule.’ Then the haters would dog me like, ‘You’re always dogging Van Halen.’ I’m going to shut up. They get their wish. We’ll see what happens when it happens — if it happens.”
Hagar sang with Van Halen for four studio albums and one live set between 1985 and 1996, then rejoined in 2004 for a disastrous reunion tour that ended on bad terms. The band reunited in 2007 with original singer David Lee Roth while replacing bassist Michael Anthony with Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang.
Hagar has always gone back and forth on whether he join the band again, but told us not long ago that he didn’t see it happening: “I don’t think so, you know, I really think it’s gone. I don’t want to break the fans’ hearts, but they’ve got Wolfie (Wolfgang Van Halen, bass) now and if they can muster up something with Dave, they’ve got Dave. And it’s fine. I mean, I’m the happiest guy in the world. I would have liked for it to never have gone bad, but that’s really wishful thinking. But to say I want it back? No. I don’t believe that’s possible.”
Although Hagar and Eddie have been on bad terms for more than a decade, they recently exchanged friendly tweets on Eddie’s 61st birthday, leading to speculation that the longtime war of words between the two may finally be coming to an end.
Hagar blasted the current Van Halen lineup in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “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 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.