Sammy Hagar has once again called out his former Van Halen bandmates, this timefor their alleged attempts to block him from including songs from his time with the group on an upcoming live DVD by his new band the Circle.
“On the new Circle DVD we’re making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music,” Hagar tells Rolling Stone. “And Van Halen said, “No.” And then I said, “F— you.” I don’t need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they’re trying to do. It’s the lowest, cheesiest thing ever. I wrote every lyric and every melody and I sang them in that band. … When you’re singing ‘Right Now’ or ‘Why Can’t This Be Love,’ that’s my music. I wrote all the lyrics.”
Surprisingly, Hagar – who says Van Halen also blocked him from including the lyrics to “Cabo Wabo” in his new cooking and lifestyle book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?, and has tussled with the band over similar issues in recent months – still hopes to find peace with the Van Halen brothers someday.
When asked if he thinks he’ll ever speak to guitarist Eddie Van Halen again, Hagar said, “I would hope so. Because that would be really sad if any one of us — I’ll put myself in the same category — took this to our graves. That is not where you take things. I would rather go to my grave with no enemies left.”