Sammy Hagar says there are no hard feelings with the members of Van Halen — so much so that he wants his and Michael Anthony's group the Circle to open for the David Lee Roth-led band, if and when they tour again.
On May 10th, the Circle — featuring Hagar and Anthony — along with Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson — will release its first album of all original material, titled Space Between. The band kicks off its tour off on Friday (April 19th) at Reno, Nevada's Grand Theatre.
During an appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, Sammy Hagar spoke about the Circle's new album and his former band, saying, “I absolutely want that whole camp — I want Ed, Al and David together — to sit down and listen to this f***ing record. I tell you what, I would love this band to open for Van Halen. Eddie and those guys, they think they don’t need Mike, well, f*** it.”
Hagar went on to say that despite his efforts, he hasn't personally connected with Eddie and Alex Van Halen since his final tour with the band back in 2004: “I love those guys. “I don’t want to be back in the band, I swear to God. I love this band right here, it’s all good. But I would like to be friends.”
He shed light on why he seems hell bent on putting things right with his former bandmates: “I’m older than a lot of these guys. I just thought I don’t want to take any enemies to the grave. Why in the world would you want to take an enemy to the grave, if there is an afterlife? And then have to deal with it later? I tried to get a hold of Eddie, that was the first guy. I sent him a birthday message. I didn’t get a return. It’s okay as long as I feel good about it. I’m not mad at you, I’m not mad at anybody. I’m really not.”
Although he maintains he has no reason to — Hagar said he's willing to apologize to the Van Halen brothers if that's what they need for some type of closure with him: “For making them feel insecure somehow, whatever I did. I did something, I don’t know what I did. I invited Ed and Al over to my house recently, I think it was around Al’s birthday. . . and invited Ed and Al over with their wives, no agenda. . . just to be friends.”
Regarding David Lee Roth, with whom he toured with back in 2002 during the massively successful joint “San & Dave” tour, Hagar explained: “I gotta get something straight about Dave. I actually like the guy, he doesn’t like me.”
Sammy Hagar told us a while back that he thinks the Van Halen camp isolates itself from the music scene to the detriment of its own output: “They're so out of it. They sit and they hide in their little closets, y'know? They never get out. They never go around to other people. They never listen to the radio. They don't do anything to stay current or to just keep their hand on the pulse, y'know?”