Sammy Hagar: ‘Van Halen Doesn’t Exist Without Wolfgang Van Halen’

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Recently, the Red Rocker shared a video from one of his shows, captioning it:

“A little clip from Saturday night at the island in Vegas.”

In the comments, a fan reminisced about seeing Sammy perform live in the ’80s:

“Saw this guy go OFF THE CHAIN at The Texas Jam at The Astrodome in the early ’80s. Promoters thought it wise to put him on in front of Styx when they were insistent on doing the entire theatrical presentation of ‘Mr. Roboto.’ Hagar climbed the light rig, smashed every guitar on stage (including a vintage P bass that his bass player did NOT want to give up). Needless to say, my 14-year-old self went apeshit, and when Styx came out? Mr. Roboto was pummeled with garbage and beer cups. But… I still like Van Halen better with DLR.”

Hagar’s Thoughts on Van Halen’s Legacy

Hagar saw the comment and responded:

“Damn, I love this comment. And let it be known you and everyone else have the right to like whatever music you want—freedom of expression and freedom of speech. I love those early Van Halen records. And right now, it’s not about Van Halen anymore. Other than Wolfie, there is no Van Halen. Come out and see Mike [Anthony], Joe Satriani, Jason [Bonham], and myself this summer. I promise you a couple of goosebumps.”

Another user asked:

“Sam, do you think there’s a shot of getting Wolf to show up at one of the shows this summer?”

Sammy responded with a fingers-crossed emoji, suggesting that Wolfgang might join them for their upcoming Van Halen tribute shows. In a December interview with Q104.3’s Out of the Box With Jonathan Clarke, Wolfgang expressed excitement about Hagar’s summer 2024 tour:

“Yeah, that’s super cool, man. I’m stoked for it. I’m actually gonna be seeing Mike in Vegas, so I’m excited to give him a hug.”

In early May, Michael Anthony also extended an invitation to Alex Van Halen to join them on stage. The tour kicks off on July 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and runs until the end of August.

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