Sammy Hagar started the rumor mill rolling with his recent birthday tweet to Eddie Van Halen and their subsequent friendly exchange, but he's trying to temper the reunion rumors that have followed.
Hagar tells Rolling Stone that any move to get back together would have to be generated by Eddie and Alex Van Halen, not by Hagar:
"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, not surprisingly, that any Van Halen reunion would be contingent on founding bassist Michael Anthony returning to the group; "There's no scenario I'd do it without Mikey. Absolutely not. I would do a solo album with Ed. We can call it the Sam and Ed Show or the Ed and Sam Show. But there's no such thing as a Van Halen reunion without Mikey. I think they just proved that."
Hagar said that he'd be happy to simply have a cup of coffee with his former bandmates:
"I just wanted to be friends. And once we're friends, we can do anything. Until that is proven, I can't be in a band with the Van Halens.”
Van Halen is currently on hiatus after releasing a live album and touring in 2015. Hagar and his current group, The Circle, which includes Anthony, have four U.S. shows booked in July.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.