In a brand new interview with Daily Bulletin, former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar was asked what he would do if the group called him to come back. He responded: “My favorite thing to say without biting my own tongue is ‘no comment.’ Every time I turned around, it was a no-win situation. If I say what I feel… 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 and VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen recently exchanged 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 last year blasted his former bandmates in an interview with RollingStone.com, saying there is “no chemistry” between the members of the group’s current lineup, which includes 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 fucking 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 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 fuck over. To me, it’s up to them to come back and say they’re sorry.”
Hagar said he was “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.”