Sammy Hagar Apologizes to Van Halen
Sammy Hagar to Van Halen: ‘I’m sorry [for] anything bad I’ve said about you”.
Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar says he’s ready to “forgive and forget”, and that he hopes to be friends again with former bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen.
The Van Halen News Desk posted the above video, pulled from Hagar’s upcoming appearance on 'Oprah: Where Are They Now', which will premiere Aug. 20 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Hagar insists he’s not looking to rejoin the band (joking “that’s work! I don’t wanna do that!”), but simply to rekindle their personal relationship. “I want to be friends”, he says. “I want to say, ‘I’m sorry [for] anything bad I’ve said about you”.
Since leaving Van Halen in 1996, Hagar has fought a largely one-sided war of words against the Van Halen brothers, who have been comparatively silent on the matter. A brief, and by all accounts disatrous, 2004 reunion tour only intensified his anger, culminating in Hagar directing a very blunt “F--- YOU” to Eddie Van Halen for downplaying former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s contributions to the group in a 2015 interview.
Between this and Guns N' Roses getting back together, 2016 has certainly been a year for rock star reconciliations. Here's hoping Led Zeppelin get the message...