‘I would be in that band if we could get along’: Sammy Hagar on lingering bad feelings with Van Halen

As Sammy Hagar worked on plans to celebrate his four decades in rock, the former Montrose and Van Halen singer says he lit on the idea of presenting a set that moved through each of his hitmaking eras — with special guests to match.

From Montrose, he could bring in Denny Carmassi and Bill Church — who recently joined him to record new music. The same goes for his solo, Waboritas and Chickenfoot eras. The problem, of course, comes with his continued estrangement from Eddie Van Halen, with whom he famously worked from 1985-1996.

Hagar insists he’ll still play hits like “Right Now,” even if it means doing so with no one other than fellow Van Halen alum Michael Anthony — who has since joined Hagar in Chickenfoot.

“You can’t go out and not play those songs, just because a couple of guys aren’t in the band,” Hagar tells Eddie Trunk at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.

Hagar participated in a reunion with Van Halen between 2003-05, but has been estranged ever since. Nevertheless, he says he’d love to reunite with Eddie Van Halen for these shows. “I would invite Ed, any day,” Hagar says. “I want to make that plain and clear. I would invite those guys to play anytime. I would be in that band still, if we could get along. We don’t get along. It’s plain and simple. A lot of people don’t get along.”

When it come to that point in his proposed show, Hagar says he will likely also invite Carmassi along. “Denny could play the hell out of Van Halen,” Hagar adds. “Then you’ve got Mikey on bass, and you’ve got me singing. Then, you’re pretty close. As close as they are now — with the other half.”

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  • Sam

    Dude..Let it go..really.. let it go..

  • Sabian

    Cmon man…don’t throw a video up of a song we cld all go check out if need be…DLR is VH as much as Eddie and Alex….it’s all in the song writing,lyrics..and overall attitude the band presents…Please don’t forget it was Dave who suggested it be called Van Halen…gun to my head…Sammy was a better singer range-wise, but Dave wrote the best lyrics by far…it’s not even close…Sometimes the MUSIC may tickle your fancy more on the Sammy or Dave side, but you simply can’t argue who really wrote better lyrics….Dave has been, and lived all over the world…Sammy, bless him, has had a family and is Married…there is no comparison….”Sammy throws a great party….I am the party” DLR

  • Pete

    “Sammy throws a great party….I am the party” DLR

    Gotta admire Dave’s admiration of himself.

    Too bad his arrogance doesn’t prop up his atrocious excuse for live vocals. Love his era … on record. What a truly terrible singer live though

  • http://www.sammyhagar.webs.com Richard

    People keep saying give it a break or let it go or try to agruee saying about the frontman it only gets old because everyone tries to think that the Roth years were the best. And Hagar wasn’t the greatest replacement man and Cherome arguments. Personally David Lee Roth was a good front man good singer but not the best. When Sam walk in he made the made 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times better. And than at the 96 reunion tour that didn’t last long Hagar was back after than they kicked him out again for Gary and Gary didn’t make a good album. Hagar told the band at the time he was having a baby in April he want two months with it, and EVH had a broken hip and Alex had something wrong with his neck on the Balance tour he said you guys should get that taken care of. They wanted to keep making music. I mean after that terrible album and tour thank god Sammy was back in there. In 2004 the Best Of Both Worlds album and tour was set off after that fire again. I think that the band be so much better with Hagar.