Sammy Hagar: 'Eddie Van Halen Owes Me An Apology'

On June 2, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) was interviewed by the "publishing queen of rock and roll" Sally Steele.

Sammy Hagar: 'Eddie Van Halen Owes Me An Apology'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, on June 2, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) was interviewed by the "publishing queen of rock and roll" Sally Steele, Vegas Rocks! Magazine's founder/CEO, in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can now watch the chat below. On his relationship with the members of Van Halen: Sammy: "I could get along with Alex [Van Halen, drums]. I got along at one time with Eddie [Van Halen, guitar] amazingly. Obviously, Mike [Anthony, former Van Halen bassist who currently plays with Sammy in Chickenfoot] and I are dearest friends on the planet. But Ed and I... he turned on me. I don't even wanna go into it. It's in the book. I said it. It was a horrible, horrible ending to a beautiful, beautiful story. And I'm still disappointed that they have not reached out to be friends - especially Alex, because Alex and I didn't have a problem. But, of course, he sides with his brother, and I understand that. But I can not like somebody, but I can like a friend of theirs, and vice versa. But it doesn't really matter to me. Chickenfoot just totally felt right from the day we did it, and it feels so much like early Van Halen, when I was in the band at the beginning. And I've gotta tell you: Joe Satriani [guitar], Mike and Chad [Smith, drums] and Kenny [Aronoff, stand-in drummer] - all of them - they satisfy every musical need I have. I am not hungry for any reunion, I am not hungry for any other band, and I am completely in love with Chickenfoot. If it wasn't for that, I'd be bummed about the Van Halen situation. But because of that, it doesn't bother me whatsoever." On whether he can ever see himself patching things up with Eddie: Sammy: "I can't see why we wouldn't and I can't see why we shouldn't. But I don't know. It's not my goal, I'm not out there wasting energy on that. As far as I'm concerned, he owes me an apology. As far as I'm concerned, if he wanted to be friends, he should reach back out to me, because what happened on that reunion tour in '04 was some of the most miserable, back-stabbing, dark crap I've ever been involved with my whole life and I would never go through that again with anybody or for any amount of money or any amount of fame and fortune or nothing. So until he comes around and says, 'Dude, I'm sorry. I was an a-shole. I was wrong. And I wanna be friends again.' I would be there in a second - all forgiveness, just like that. But for me to reach out would be stupid. He'd probably say, 'Yeah, what?! You wanna get back in the band. Hey, f--k you, buddy.' That's probably what would happen. And I'm not interested in all that. Plus I don't wanna be back in that band. I love Chickenfoot... I love where I am now. I am in a perfect place. I couldn't ask for anything more in life - fame, fortune, love, my children, my family, my friends... I said it last night, I am the luckiest guy in the world. Luckiest guy in rock, that's for damn sure. Except for Michael Anthony. [laughs]"

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    Jesus_Dean
    If I were Sammy Hagar or Axl Rose, I would carry around a sheet of paper with FAQs and their answers written on it, and every reporter asking the same old annoying questions would get that sheet stapled to his forehead.
    Sheep Shagger
    It must be incredibly annoying for Sammy having to answer the same set of questions again and again about his old band when he's trying to promote his current one.
    Blackwaterson89
    I love how people are trying to make Sammy a bad guy here. He is not. He really didn't saying anything wrong.He said what he feels. He loves his new band, and he thinks Eddie is an ass. That's his personal opinion, we don't know Eddie personally.Sammy does. He really didnt say anything wrong. He just said Eddie did him wrong and he would like to say I am sorry to him. Thats all..
    Sheep Shagger
    Jesus_Dean wrote: If I were Sammy Hagar or Axl Rose, I would carry around a sheet of paper with FAQs and their answers written on it, and every reporter asking the same old annoying questions would get that sheet stapled to his forehead.
    Not a bad idea. He should give them a pre-recorded tape. "Will you ever reunite with Van Halen?" "If they break up with Roth, sure. I'd love to reunite with them, but I don't want to." "Why did you leave Van Halen?" "Too much fighting within the band. Eddie was drunk and saying all sorts of crazy things... Can we talk about my alien encounter now?" "What was Alex Van Halen's opinion on the split up?" "Ask Eddie."
    ?Loki?
    I Love, how he promotes his book XD "But Ed and I... he turned on me. I don't even wanna go into it. It's in the book" I may have read too much into it but that's what i heard
    john_kimble
    Sammy Hagar won't stop crying about Van Halen because he gets recognition for it and only it. Very sad.
    PatVanHalen5150
    mradubz33 wrote: Eddie owes us all an apology for Tattoo
    Still better than 75% of Chickenfoot's material. Take away Tattoo, and A Different Kind Of Truth would've been a perfect album.
    DekeRivers
    Paul*Stanley wrote: What the **** is rock and roll's problem right now? Axl Rose is a self-entitled ass, Sabbath and Bill Ward can't negotiate a contract that satisfies anyone, and Van Halen's in shambles. Everyone's a pop diva now
    Van Halen is not in shambles. They just released their best album since 1984 and our in the middle of a very successful tour.
    DekeRivers
    Sheep Shagger wrote: It must be incredibly annoying for Sammy having to answer the same set of questions again and again about his old band when he's trying to promote his current one.
    PatVanHalen5150
    Paul*Stanley wrote: What the **** is rock and roll's problem right now? Axl Rose is a self-entitled ass, Sabbath and Bill Ward can't negotiate a contract that satisfies anyone, and Van Halen's in shambles. Everyone's a pop diva now
    I don't see how releasing their first album in 14 years, currently on tour & postponing (not cancelling, as every ***** makes it out to be) a fistful of dates constitutes being "in shambles."
    AcdcTXfan
    jrchevy2005 wrote: Shut up Sammy! Eddie doesn't owe you crap. You made Van Halen sound like crap. If anything you owe them an apology for all the crap you keep saying.
    If you knew all the shit that really happened in 2004, you probably wouldn't feel much sympathy for Eddie. He's a phenominal guitar player, and I can't wait to see them in Houston, but Eddie isn't the type of person I would want to become associated with. Isn't it funny how all the singers that have worked with Eddie have left? Even Valerie said it was Eddie's fault that Sammy left.
    Paul*Stanley
    What the **** is rock and roll's problem right now? Axl Rose is a self-entitled ass, Sabbath and Bill Ward can't negotiate a contract that satisfies anyone, and Van Halen's in shambles. Everyone's a pop diva now
    rhs5110
    A lot of people hate on chickenfoot but they've reallly got some good songs and they are amazing live
    jrchevy2005
    AcdcTXfan wrote: jrchevy2005 wrote: Shut up Sammy! Eddie doesn't owe you crap. You made Van Halen sound like crap. If anything you owe them an apology for all the crap you keep saying. If you knew all the shit that really happened in 2004, you probably wouldn't feel much sympathy for Eddie. He's a phenominal guitar player, and I can't wait to see them in Houston, but Eddie isn't the type of person I would want to become associated with. Isn't it funny how all the singers that have worked with Eddie have left? Even Valerie said it was Eddie's fault that Sammy left.
    I didn't say anything was Sammy's fault. It doesn't matter. Sammy isn't in the band anymore and he needs to shut up. I don't really care what Eddie is like, he doesn't run his mouth off every two days talking about Sammy or Dave or anyone else.
    jrchevy2005
    [quoteAcdcTXfan]If you knew all the shit that really happened in 2004, you probably wouldn't feel much sympathy for Eddie. He's a phenominal guitar player, and I can't wait to see them in Houston, but Eddie isn't the type of person I would want to become associated with. Isn't it funny how all the singers that have worked with Eddie have left? Even Valerie said it was Eddie's fault that Sammy left.[/quote] I didn't say anything was Sammy's fault. It doesn't matter. Sammy isn't in the band anymore and he needs to shut up. I don't really care what Eddie is like, he doesn't run his mouth off every two days talking about Sammy or Dave or anyone else.
    GenerationKILL
    What is he trying to prove or justify by repeatedly talking about how the Van Halen brothers "turned on him?" First of all the band is called VAN HALEN. Those two can do whatever they want with THEIR BAND. He needs to remember he was HIRED TO REPLACE DIAMOND DAVE, not try and re-brand the band's image like hes always tried to (Van Hagar, anyone?!!) Get over it Sammy, and for the record, Eddie's playing on HIS new album KILLS over Satch's on YOUR new one. But you already knew that, nobody can emulate or replace Eddie, and thats what you're so butt-hurt over. Chicken Foot sucks, I've never heard more bland, soulless crap.
    Absurder22
    I swear to god the next one is going to have Sammy bursting into tears and pleading with Eddie over the camera to let him back into Van Halen and to please let him wear his pink bopeep dress so they can roleplay again or some shit, so sick of this man's bitchin about who he was kicked out despite that his shitty and incredibly vapid and souless part of the band was easily Van halen's lowest moments, almost lower then the Gary Cherone album.
    Minivirus2
    I am not hungry for any reunion
    Yet you consistently comment about VH... I get that reporters will ask their questions (hell, that's why I defend Dave Mustaine a lot of the time), but you don't have to give these long winded speeches in which you clearly insult the band, their ability or their music without you. We see through the facade Sammy.
    jrchevy2005
    Shut up Sammy! Eddie doesn't owe you crap. You made Van Halen sound like crap. If anything you owe them an apology for all the crap you keep saying.
    Downfault
    Silly Rockstars. I think all these big acts need to go back to a time when it was all about the music and the fun of performing and not the fame and attention.
    DekeRivers
    He could just say "That part of my life is over and I don't want to rehash it" but he actually LOVES talking about his old band! Ex-Psycho Girlfriend! He is so fake! no respect for that dude at all!