Sammy Hagar Opens Up About Alex Van Halen’s Refusal To Tour
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Sammy Hagar expressed understanding for Alex Van Halen’s choice not to participate in his upcoming Best of All Worlds tour, which centers around Van Halen’s music. The tour will feature Michael Anthony on bass, Joe Satriani on guitar, and Jason Bonham on drums.
Reflecting on the situation, Hagar mentioned that he and Michael Anthony had a Van Halen reunion 20 years ago. Given the passage of time and the absence of a commitment from Alex Van Halen, Hagar respects his decision not to be part of the tour.
Hagar emphasized that waiting for Alex Van Halen for another 20 years wasn’t feasible for him. Instead, he found a great alternative in Jason Bonham, who plays similarly to his father, John Bonham, someone Alex Van Halen admired. Hagar believes that the music will be performed exceptionally well with Bonham on drums.
Hagar Dubs the Upcoming Trek the ‘Thank You Tour’
Expressing gratitude for his extensive career, Sammy Hagar has given the Best of All Worlds tour an alternate title—the Thank You tour. He sees it as an opportunity to express appreciation to Eddie Van Halen, the fans, and for the wonderful life he has had in the music industry.
Hagar plans to include classics from his career, such as “There’s Only One Way to Rock,” “Heavy Metal,” and “I Can’t Drive 55.” Additionally, he intends to showcase songs from Montrose and Chickenfoot. However, the focus will remain on a significant portion of Van Halen’s catalog. Inspired by the Van Halen Collection II box set, Hagar aims to include deep cuts like “Seventh Seal” and “Amsterdam.”
The Best of All Worlds tour kicks off on July 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wraps up on Aug. 31 in St. Louis, with Loverboy as the opening act. Tickets are currently available for purchase.