Sammy Hagar Doesn't Want Van Halen Bros. To Think He Wants Back In The Band

June 25, 2019
Sammy Hagar performs at Pompano Beach Amphitheater

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Sammy Hagar revealed that he won't reach out the Eddie and Alex Van Halen even for social reasons, because he doesn't want them to think he's angling to front the band again. Earlier this month, Michael Anthony revealed that he was in talks with Van Halen management about a proposed summer reunion with the original lineup -- until the idea was seemingly just dropped by the band without any word.

During a chat with Classic Rock magazine, Hagar admitted, "I'm afraid if I ever reached out and really tried to contact Ed and Al, they would think that I was trying to get back in the band or I was trying to do a reunion. And I'm not. I am so content with the Circle -- we play the Van Halen songs that I wrote with Ed as good as anybody, but I’m happy to have just five or six Van Halen songs in my set. It's almost like I don't want to be asked to do it because I'd feel like I had to do it, but I don't really want to. I'm sorry I don't."

The Circle's recently released first studio set, Space Between, peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200. The album went on to hit Number One on Billboard's Top Rock Albums, Top Album Sales, Hard Rock Albums, and Independent Albums charts.

Sammy Hagar shed light on the key themes running through Space Between: "It’s about the division between good and bad. All these big corporate guys that are billionaires to begin with ripping off their employees, people bombing churches, the right hating the left, the left hating the right, the blacks hating the whites. It used to be that you could go to hell, the devil was somewhere else. But the devil is at sea level now. The solution lies in the space between us -- that handshake in the middle."

A while back, Sammy Hagar spoke about the problems with Eddie and Alex Van Halen in regards to their bandmates: "They can't get it together. Y'know, they can't. I was there. I saw it. Eddie -- doesn't matter if he's clean and sober, like they. . . even if he is, too much damage. They're just too wacky. They're so out of it. And it could be cool, time warpy, if they were the original band and everybody was on the same page." 

 Sammy Hagar & The Circle tour dates (subject to change):

August 23 - Marysville, WA - Tulalip Resort Casino & Spa
August 24 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino
September 27 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
September 28, 29 - Huntington Beach, CA - Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show
October 9, 11, 13 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - "Birthday Bash" at Cabo Wabo Cantina
November 1 - Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
November 2  - Estero, FL - Hertz Arena
November 5 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - 80s In The Sand at The Punta Cana Resort & Spa
November 9 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Sammy Hagar is reticent to reconnect with Eddie and Alex Van Valen -- even on a social level -- for fear that it will be misconstrued as an effort to rejoin Van Halen.

JUST OUR OPINION

Man -- these Van Halen brothers -- what a mess. All these people they created their life's work with are so turned off and suspicious by their antics and insane power trips that they would rather not know them than deal with them.

It's no secret that David Lee Roth and the Van Halen's recent reunions are a means to an end -- and clearly, the core fanbase doesn't care in the slightest if these guys have revived any type of friendship between them -- so long as they get to see Dave and Eddie on stage together.

What a shame that the legacy of Van Halen -- one of the greatest party-based and brotherhood ensembles -- is headed up by two anti-social dudes who hate the two coolest guys on the planet. Sad ending.

CHECK IT OUT: Van Halen on September 5th, 1991 performing "Poundcake" live on the 1991 MTV VMA's: