To say Van Halen has always had a turbulent history might be an understatement, but they make it work.
Once again, David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers are at an impasse with Roth saying last year there’s no way he would even be able to sit down for dinner with them. “There is a fury and an antagonism,” he described his sentiments at the time.
Fortunately for Van Halen fans, this isn’t their first rodeo.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar disputed Roth’s claim that Van Halen was “finished” saying “until Ed or Alex Van Halen die, they’re not finished.”
“Those are two great musicians that can friggin’ do as good as most people at half-mast. As a drummer and as a guitarist and creative person, Eddie, I can’t see them ever being finished. I wish they were more active, but I think Van Halen will never be finished.
Whenever concerts return, Hagar feels pretty confident Van Halen will be taking the stage again. “I’m not predicting what’s going to happen, but I would tell you if there’s concerts next year, Van Halen will probably be on tour next year,” he said.
If Van Halen were to hit the road again, Hagar would love to be a part of it. Even if it means splitting vocal duties with Roth. “My dream tour is the Sam and Dave tour with Ed, Al and Mike,” he said.
“If Dave wants to come out together, we can do that. But of course he wouldn’t want to do that, so I couldn’t care less if I even saw the guy. The truth of the matter is, for the fans, and just for me to be a part of that, I want to to walk out there every night and do the best of Van Hagar and have him do the best of that era. That’s a good a tour as anyone would ever do on the planet and it’s for the Van Halen fans. I love making people happy. And it would make me happy.”