Sammy Hagar Talks VH Reunion And SXSW In Austin

Sammy Hagar is a very busy man.

This week the Red Rocker will be in Austin at the SXSW Conference for a public interview on Thursday afternoon in the Austin Convention Center, and he also plans to do some filming for his Rock & Roll Road Trip show on AXS.

Hagar has also recently launched his latest liquor, Santo Mezquila, in partnership with Maroon 5's Adam Levine. It's the first-ever blend of mezcal and tequila.

And of course there's the subject that always seems to come up. Will there be another Van Halen reunion? Especially since Sammy reached out to Eddie Van Halen via twitter to wish him a happy birthday, and Eddie responded kindly.

Sammy says "Let's put it like this -- when it came to my birthday, I didn't get a message, so obviously that camp, him and Al, still have some kind of trip against me. I'm certainly not looking to get back in that band when I've got Chickenfoot sitting in my lap and I'm scared to grab the reigns of that one. Van Halen would be twice the nightmare of the workload and the anxieties about getting along or being worried about being stabbed in the back again or something. I don't want to put myself in that situation, that's for sure."

Hagar then adds a quick, "but you never know" and throws out the idea of going on the road with the original Van Halen, including David Lee Roth and Anthony back on bass, with the two singers trading off songs they recorded with the group. "That's really the only way I would be interested in a Van Halen reunion," Hagar says."Everybody's saying, 'Well, what would it take?'" Hagar says. "For me, no money, man. I don't need money. I would do that for the fans and give the money to food banks or something. I'm not sure anybody else would agree with me, but that would interest me enough to sit down across the table from everybody and work that one out."

portions of this story courtesy Billboard.com

 
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