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Sammy Hagar on Eddie and Alex Van Halen: ‘We Don’t Have a Relationship’

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Sammy Hagar recently said he’d be open to reuniting with Van Halen if everyone could really get their act together, but make no mistake — he hasn’t forgiven Alex and Eddie Van Halen for the way they treated him and Michael Anthony after their version of the lineup fell apart.

“Those guys, I hate to just say it, but I gotta say it, those guys f—ed me around about four times,” Hagar told Vh1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner. “That’s it, I mean, how many times are you going to let somebody just f— you? Look at what they did to Mikey, I mean, come on, they didn’t even tell him that he was out of the band, he reads it in fricking Rolling Stone or something that Wolfie [Van Halen] was the bass player in Van Halen. The guys that do that, it’s just not cool and I don’t care to be around people like that or play with them, so we don’t have a relationship.”

No matter how he might feel about what went down between his former bandmates, Hagar hasn’t let bad blood taint his feelings about the music they made together. “To say anything bad about the body of work, not a chance. To say anything bad about the musicianship, not a chance,” he vowed. “Great, great guys on their instruments and we wrote some great songs and we had about nine years of some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life in any band or in any situation. We partied, we loved it, we had a blast and had so much success, but they turned on me, man. I don’t know what happened.”

Hagar’s new album, the acoustic project ‘Lite Roast,’ is out now.

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