‘I’m so proud of what we did’: Sammy Hagar has a newfound perspective on Van Halen

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A 2013 retrospective tour featuring songs from Sammy Hagar’s tenure in Van Halen has inevitably led to questions about reuniting with the old band. And while he doesn’t see that happening, Hagar has gained a centered perspective on things.

“I haven’t been asked,” Hagar tells Fox32, “and I’m not begging.”

That said, his time with Van Halen helped hurtle the group toward the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During Hagar’s tenure, they notched Van Halen’s first-ever charttopping album, were nominated for multiple Grammys, and had a pair of Top 5 singles in 1986’s “Why Can’t This Be Love” and 1988’s “When It’s Love.”

Every album Hagar worked on with Van Halen went multi-platinum, even the critically lambasted finale — 1995’s Balance, which actually went three-times platinum. It’s worth noting that Van Halen hasn’t had a platinum album since.

“There’s always the haters and the lovers,” Hagar tells Fox32. “But if I never did it again, I’m so proud of what we did. We had four No. 1 albums, sold 42 million records, sold out every arena and stadium in the world — and made some great music.”

How’s this for sweet revenge?: Hagar’s newest studio effort, Sammy Hagar and Friends, has become his 11th to rise into the Billboard Top 25, and his first in some 17 years.

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