Sammy Hagar made it clear in a new interview that he has no beef with David Lee Roth.
Appearing on KKLZ’s The Mike & Carla Show, the topic of forgiveness was broached regarding Hagar being able to connect with Eddie Van Halen and make up before the guitarist’s untimely death in October 2020.
“If Eddie and I would not have connected towards the end, I don’t know how I would’ve dealt with [his death],” said Hagar. “It would’ve been a lot harder to accept what happened to him. It’s still hard, of course…Forgiveness is a powerful thing. Forgiveness is the most important thing you’ll ever do in your life with someone that’s about to pass or any time in your life. You might as well get it over early. If you forgive someone, you just lighten your weight in life.”
When David Lee Roth was brought up, Hagar said, “That’s different. Wait a minute now! [Laughs] No, there’s no forgiveness even necessary there, because there’s nothing to forgive. Him and I don’t even have a feud, to be honest with you. I have no problem with David. He’s a quirky guy. I don’t know what he’s got going with me, but I think he always feels competitive. He feels like he has to raise his flag like, ‘I’m Van Halen!’ I had a solo career before Van Halen. I was in Montrose before Van Halen. I’ve had Chickenfoot. Dave’s got Van Halen, you know, so I think he had to hold onto that kind of tight, but I don’t care about that. If someone said, ‘I never knew you were in Van Halen,’ so what!”