Sammy Hagar remains bitter about how his time in Van Halen ended back in 2004 and he now says publicly that Eddie Van Halen owes him apology.
Hagar spoke with Vegas Rocks! while in Las Vegas last weekend to play a Chickenfoot show as that band nears the end of its month-long tour, which wraps up this Sunday in Los Angeles.
"I could get along with Alex [Van Halen]. I got along at one time with Eddie amazingly. Obviously, Mike [Anthony, former VH bassist now in Chickenfoot] and I are dearest friends on the planet,” explains Hagar. “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.”
Sammy also spoke about whether he can ever see himself patching things up with Eddie.
“I can't see why we wouldn't and I can't see why we shouldn't,” says the singer. “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 [Eddie] comes around and says, 'Dude, I'm sorry. I was an asshole. I was wrong. And I wanna be friends again.' I would be there in a second — all forgiveness, just like that,” claims Hagar. “But for me to reach out would be stupid. He'd probably say, 'Yeah, what?! You wanna get back in the band. Hey, fuck 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."
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