By: Annie Scaramuzzino
Does time really heal all wounds? According to Sammy Hagar, maybe not.
In a recent interview with Grammy.com, Hagar opened up about being booted from Van Halen in the ‘90s, and discussed his relationship with both Eddie and Alex Van Halen.
“I think Alex and I are probably still good friends. Eddie and I, we hit a real hard bump in the road,” Hagar begins. “It's kind of like a relationship with a partner and things go so wrong that you just don't feel like you can ever let that go. But we'll see. 'Cause I think I can let anything go. I don't know if Eddie can let anything go; maybe he can.”
Hagar says that things got so “ugly” between him and Eddie Van Halen that he doesn’t even want to run into his former bandmate, for fear of a fight breaking out.
“I used to always say, 'Oh, if I ran into him somewhere, it'd be, like, 'Oh, Eddie. How are you doing?' Big hugs and kisses. I don't think it'd be like that right now,” Hagar tells Grammy.com. “I think it'd be, like, 'You did this' and 'You did that’…we'd get in each other's face.”
The singer goes on to say that, in response to inquiries from fans about a reunion, he felt the need to lay out the situation in his autobiography, Red: My Life Uncensored in Rock, which he now fears may have made the situation even worse between him and Eddie.
“I was thrown out, I was stabbed in the back and left for dead. And you just can't go back and hug and kiss those kind of people that do that to you,” Hagar explains. “So I wrote about it in my book. And now that I really wrote about it in the book, I don't think Eddie would ever look me in the eye and shake hands and no hugs and kisses.”
After discussing the disastrous final tour of “Van Hagar,” along with the separate dressing rooms, jets and Eddie Van Halen’s reported substance abuse problem, Hagar then concludes, “But I love him; I really do love him. My friendship and the songs and the music we made makes up for all of that — if he would be willing to say, ‘Hey, let's let it go.’”
“But I'm not looking to get back [in Van Halen]. Chickenfoot is my band now.”
Sammy Hagar recently released the collaborative effort, Sammy Hagar & Friends and has teased that a new album from Chickenfoot could be in the works soon. Meanwhile, Van Halen has reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the group wrapped up a series of tour dates this summer in support of their 2012 record, A Different Kind of Truth.
Watch Hagar’s entire statement about his relationship with Van Halen above, and head to Grammy.com for more on his interview.