Hagar Says Current Van Halen Lineup Has ‘No Chemistry’

October 9, 2015

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar recently sat down with RollingStone.com and was asked if he thinks people are losing interesting in seeing the current lineup of the band, featuring David Lee Roth on vocals and Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. He replied, “There’s just no chemistry up there. They don’t like each other. I mean, it’s obvious. It’s like a backup band with a guy out there in front. I bet they don’t say five words to each other offstage.'”

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Sammy Hagar performs at the Beacon Theatre on May 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)

Hagar added: “What I saw (online; Youtube) was just so chemistry-less. Van Halen was always about chemistry in the early days. Early, that band was all about fucking chemistry, man. They were on fire. When I joined the band, they had great musical chemistry. We were friends, and we were on fire. We had so much fun, it should have been illegal. Now all that’s gone.”


Asked if he thinks he will ever speak to Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen again, Sammy said: “I would hope so. Because that would be really sad if any one of us — I’ll put myself in the same category — took this to our graves. That is not where you take things. I would rather go to my grave with no enemies left. I just don’t think that would feel right. But who knows. Whatever. It’s not my decision because I was the one they pushed out and tried to fuck over. To me, it’s up to them to come back and say they’re sorry.”

Hagar recorded four studio albums with Van Halen between 1985 and 1995.


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