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Would Sammy Hagar take part in a Van Halen tribute show?

The singer has some thoughts on the proposed event, as well as former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted's involvement

A few months back, the Van Halen rumor mill kicked into high gear when former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted claimed in an interview with the Palm Beach Post that he had been approached by drummer Alex Van Halen, who had also spoken to guitarist Joe Satriani, about joining in on a proposed Van Halen tour.

Since then, everyone from Satch to Wolfgang Van Halen to David Lee Roth have chimed in with their own opinions on the matter, with Roth writing in a statement:

IN MY MIND ‘VAN HALEN 4K,’ IN THE AGE OF COVID IS GOING TO REQUIRE TWO OF US FOR EVERY POSITION. SATRIANI AND LUKATHER, ANTHONY AND NEWSTED, AL OR TOMMY LEE. PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO MY JOB TODAY WOULD BE PINK.."

One person he didn’t mention? His Van Halen replacement, Sammy Hagar. But in a new interview with the News-Herald, the Red Rocker expressed his own thoughts about the tribute, commenting first on the possibility of Newsted performing in place of original Van Halen bassist (and Hagar’s current band mate in the Circle) Michael Anthony.

“What's that about, Jason Newsted playing bass for Van Halen?" Hagar said. "Great guy. Great musician. But in Van Halen? No, not when Mikey's still here and alive to do it."

Hagar continued by stating that he, too, had been approached by Van Halen management with a similar idea, but is not interested.

"I'm so happy with everything I'm doing now, I don't think I'd go back there," he said. "Maybe if Alex was interested, it might be something to talk about, with him and Mikey and a superstar guitar player. But it's really not Van Halen without Eddie, so…I just don't know."

In the meantime, Hagar and Anthony have a new album with the Circle, Crazy Times, due out on September 30.