Sammy Hagar Says He Won’t Be Part of a Grammy Van Halen Reunion
Van Halen may be reuniting at the Grammy's next year, but original bassist Michael Anthony won't be with them. Nor will one-time lead singer Sammy Hagar. In a recent interview, Hagar made it clear he's not interested.
"First of all, we wouldn't be invited and second of all, if we were invited, we probably wouldn't do it," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "If Eddie (guitarist Eddie Van Halen) is in the same condition he was the last time I saw him, I don't want to step onstage with him."
Hagar says the reunion will be the two Van Halen brothers, singer David Lee Roth and current bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie's son). As previously reported, the reunion announcement is expected to be made on Nov. 30 during the hour-long Grammy nominations concert. While this version of Van Halen has been working together for a few years, the next album -- rumored to be available in February -- will be the first with Roth since 1984's '1984,' and the first ever without Anthony.
Meanwhile, Hagar and Anthony are on tour with Joe Satriani in the form of Chickenfoot. Drummer Chad Smith had to return to his full-time job as drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kenny Aronoff has been brought in to replace him, and you can read our review of their recent Chicago concert right here.