The much-discussed Van Halen tribute show, which first broke the news in April, has been on the table for some time now. Though many have shared their thoughts on the issue, nothing is clear yet. When asked about the possible show in a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Sammy Hagar said it was not just about David Lee Roth and recalled Wolfgang Van Halen’s words.
Besides Alex Van Halen’s non-constructive attitude, Sammy Hagar also blames David Lee Roth for not being compatible. The Red Rocker said, “I’ll make a statement that I don’t know is true or not, but what do you wanna bet that he goes, ‘I will only do it if Hagar’s not there.’ And if that were the case, that’s typical Roth, and that’s part of the dysfunction. It’s not like he controls it; it’s just that he doesn’t play well with others.”
Hagar concluded, “And like I said, if Alex came to me and wanted to do it, I’m in. Absolutely — let’s go and do it somehow. But Alex has got a stick up his a** about something with me still, and he’s going to take it to his grave, I guess. I made peace with Eddie before he died, but I don’t think I made peace with Al. And I don’t think I’m going to unless he reaches back out to me. I’ve done it about five times now.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Sammy clarified that he has never meant to start a feud with Alex Van Halen, but he is still not happy with how Alex has behaved. Hagar and the drummer would get along well during his stint in Van Halen, so the rocker does not know why Alex is being so harsh towards him.