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Sammy Hagar on VH; No Way! Well, Maybe.

March 14, 2017

Sammy Hagar is in Austin this week for SXSW (South By Southwest) and of course he's doing interviews. And whenever interviews come along, you know he's going to be asked about Van Halen. Especially when, at least in the social media world, he and Eddie Van Halen exchanged pleasantries on Eddie's birthday. But as it turns out, that was a one time deal. "Let's put it like this; when it came to my birthday, I didn't get a message, so obviously that camp, him and Al, still have some kind of trip against me. I'm certainly not looking to get back in that band when I've got Chickenfoot sitting in my lap and I'm scared to grab the reigns of that one." Hagar went on to say, "Van Halen would be twice the nightmare of the workload and the anxieties about getting along or being worried about being stabbed in the back again or something. I don't want to put myself in that situation, that's for sure."

But wait! There's more. Sammy was quick to throw out the "you never know," clause and tosses out an idea of possibly hitting the road with the original Van Halen, including David Lee Roth and Anthony back on bass, with the two singers trading off songs they recorded with the group. "That's really the only way I would be interested in a Van Halen reunion." According to Hagar, "I would do that for the fans and give the money to food banks or something."

Hagar also chatted about his May 25th-26th Top Rock Countdown radio show, and how it's being called the Best of Both Worlds/The Ultimate VH Set List. Which he says is "basically answering all those fans that want to see a reunion. If there ever were to be a reunion, you will hear what I think it should be!"

Sammy is in Austin, Texas this week to speak at the South by Southwest Music Conference on Thursday.