SAMMY HAGAR Talks About VAN HALEN Reunion, New Material
Vocalist Sammy Hagar
has spoken to the Contra Costa Times about the big 80-date tour VAN HALEN
are kicking off next month. According to Hagar, who quit &#8212; or was fired from, depending on whose version one believes &#8212; the band in 1996, he had it in the back of his mind this day would come.
"I'm a psychic," Hagar said, referring to a 2002 conversation with the Contra Costa Times when he asserted, despite a nasty breakup resulting in years of silence with VAN HALEN, they would one day reunite. "It's like calling 1-900 Sammy."
"I ran into Alex (Van Halen), and we spent about 10 hours together, talking and having the time of our lives," Hagar said. "I just knew I'd see one of those guys somewhere, and it would either be '(Expletive) you, man,' or 'I love you, man.' We called Eddie (Van Halen) the next day, and it just came together."
"We still haven't really hashed (the split) out. We tried to talk about it, but some people have different memories about what happened. But we decided to leave it at that. We started out like it never happened."
According to Hagar, the new music is "vintage VAN HALEN with a modern twist" and is comparable to their first record together. "It's going good. The new stuff will blow people away. It's about time this happened."
"I'm going to take some time off after the VH tour," he said. "I think I'm going to reflect on everything. I can't say for sure what I'm doing next. I'm sure (the reunion) won't be a one-time deal, but I can't make any decisions right now. I'm going to play music the rest of my life. I'm doomed to be a musician the rest of my life."