Reinstated Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and drummer Alex Van Halen talked to reporters on Thursday (5/27) about Hagar’s return to the group, the band’s upcoming summer tour and a forthcoming hits compilation that includes three new cuts.
“The simple answer is: It just felt right,” Alex Van Halen said of the decision to reunite after splitting on bad terms eight years ago. “Sammy and I got together [late last year] and it was like we hadn’t missed a beat. We picked up right where we left off. The moment we hit the studio and started making music—which, for us, is … where it [all] began—that kind of solidified it. That was it. Making music is the center of this band–that, and the friendship. So it was a no-brainer.”
“We just felt like, ‘Wow. The time is right,'” Hagar added. “If we’d have tried it maybe two years ago, it could’ve blown up, or maybe two years from now, it might be too late. Who knows? It just feels right.”