Just last year, original Van Halen singer, Dave Lee Roth, said the band was “finished”. But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Sammy Hager says he’s pretty optimistic about a Van Halen reunion.
According to the interview, Hagar said, “I foresee it happening. I’m not trying to plant a seed like I know something is happening. I know nothing. I just know what I know in my heart and my head, which is that it has to happen. Whether it’s Sam and Dave or not, I don’t know that either. But I know that Eddie and I are not done. If enough water goes under the bridge before we die, it’ll happen. It has to. God is going to slap us both around if he has to.”
“Until Ed or Alex Van Halen die, they’re not finished,” he continued. “Those are two great musicians that can friggin’ do as good as most people at half-mast. As a drummer and as a guitarist and creative person, Eddie, I can’t see them ever being finished. I wish they were more active, but I think Van Halen will never be finished.
“If they want to get it together, they just have to call Dave or have to call Sammy. They can go out with Wolfie as a trio, but that’s not the legacy of Van Halen. I think they know that. I’m not predicting what’s going to happen, but I would tell you if there’s concerts next year, Van Halen will probably be on tour next year.”
Hagar, however, has said he hasn’t spoken to Eddie Van Halen since the conclusion of their 2004 tour.