Sammy Hagar is still thumping the drum for a Van Halen reunion that would include himself plus the original lineup -- including his frontman predecessor David Lee Roth.
Hagar's latest overture comes in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, in which he says, "That whole Van Halen thing is lurking in the woods out there...We'll see what happens."
Hagar, who fronted Van Halen from 1985-1996 and again from 2003-2005 and sent birthday wishes during January to guitarist Eddie Van Halen, told us earlier this year that he's ready and willing to put past acrimonies behind them and be part of Van Halen again if it can be done in the right way:
"I'm up for anything if it could be like that 'cause that is fan-friendly and would show some real love...to the fans that we would do this for them, suck it up, elevate our consciousness to where you put it all behind you and go out and do the right thing. Now THAT I would be up for. Everybody is saying, 'Well, how much money would it take?' For me, no money, man. I don't need money. I would do it for the fans and have a low ticket price. I don't care. Whatever everybody agreed on. I'm sure nobody would agree with me. Give the money to food banks. Feed the world. I don't care, but that would be an amazing thing to do, and I would be interested. I would sit down at the table, across the table from everybody and work that one out if everybody was willing to do that."
Bassist Michael Anthony, who was ousted from Van Halen in favor of Edward's son Wolfgang but plays with Hagar in The Circle, has said he'd be up for Hagar's plan but neither Eddie and Alex Van Halen nor Roth have commented.
Hagar hosts the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit show tonight (May 15) in San Francisco with Dave Grohl, Bob Weir, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Mick Fleetwood, Don Felder, Sarah McLachlan and others and starts a tour with The Circle on June 2 in Thackerville, Okla.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.