‘It’s really not on my agenda’: Busy Sammy Hagar still dealing with questions about Van Halen reunion

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After a short break, Sammy Hagar’s Four Decades of Rock concert series gets underway again later this month — touching on most every era of his career. Except Chickenfoot.

Hagar is appearing on select dates with Bill Church and Denny Carmassi, from his days in Montrose. Michael Anthony, who was in Van Halen with Hagar, is also on board. But he and Anthony, who later formed Chickenfoot with Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, are avoiding this more recent history.

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“The stone I’m leaving unturned is Chickenfoot,” Hagar says in this clip, “because we’re all still around. We’re all going to do it again, so I kind of wanted to make that sacred. I don’t want to spoil Chickenfoot. But I’m not going to be in Van Halen again; I’m not going to be the Red Rocker; I’m not going to be in Montrose again — Ronnie’s gone. So I want to focus on those eras, and do the most justice that I can with the best musicians around.”

Hagar recently completed some studio work with Carmassi and Church, as well as Journey’s Neal Schon, with whom Hagar was a member of the early-1980s outfit HSAS.

Even with all of that history behind him, however, the question of reuniting with Van Halen continues to loom large. After all, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that group, and together they scored Van Halen’s first-ever charttopping album.

“I would be open to it,” says Hagar, who last performed with Van Halen in 2003-05. “But the way it was the last reunion that I did, I would never do that again — for any amount of money or for any reason on the planet. It was a horrible experience. But I’ve seen some pictures of Eddie, and he seems to be doing great. So, maybe he’s got himself together, and we could do it. But I don’t know if they want to do it. I don’t really care. It’s really not on my agenda. I’ve got so much going on right now that I really want to do.”

Hagar returns with his career celebration shows on August 15, 2013, with dates continuing into September.

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