Sammy Hagar has told RollingStone.com in a new interview that he would be open to rekindling his friendship with the Van Halen brothers, but has made it clear that he will not be the first one to reach out.
“It would be misinterpreted,” Hagar said. “I know the way those guys think. ‘Oh, he wants something! He wants back in the band. He must be broke.’ I’m sorry, but unless they’ve changed drastically, which when I’ve talked to people that do know them it sounds like they haven’t changed at all, it would be misinterpreted.
I also don’t want to provoke that. That’s not what I’m looking for in my life now.’”
Hagar added that he would be receptive to meeting with his former bandmates if they got in contact. “I’d say, ‘F yeah, let’s get some coffee,’” he said. “If I did it myself, I’d be way too vulnerable. I’d be in a room with the guys like, ‘No, no. You don’t understand.
That’s not what I’m talking about. I just want to be friends. And once we’re friends, we can do anything. Until that is proven, I can’t be in a band with you guys, or whatever.’”