On the November 14 episode of “The Howard Stern Show”, Sammy Hagar spoke of his 2024 summer tour with bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Jason Bonham on which the music of Van Halen will be performed. “The Best Of All Worlds” tour will also feature Loverboy as support.
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It’s time. Nobody else is gonna do it. If Dave [Lee Roth] goes out, he can’t sing my stuff. We can do a few of the early Van Halen songs. I have no problem with that; I did it when I was in Van Halen. This is really a celebration of all that, and we are the only ones who can do it.
We’re gonna invite every musician in every town. First of all, whenever you play, if there’s a guitar player in town, no matter what city it is, they come out to see Joe, just like they used to for Eddie [Van Halen]. So if we’ve got other guitar players, we’ll get them involved, other singers, get them involved. If Alex Van Halen wants to jump up, if David Lee Roth wants to come out and join us, come on, motherfucker. You are welcome. This is about Van Halen.
When Stern asked Hagar what the chance is that Alex Van Halen would show up and “maybe join the celebration of his brother”, Hagar answered:
I would hope so. I reach out to Al about once a month for about five years now, and he doesn’t get back to me… I call, I leave a voice message, I send a text and I send an e-mail. All three things. ‘Al, give me a call.’ Al‘s favorite line to me was always, every time he wanted to get back together, he would say, ‘You know, Sam, we ain’t getting any younger.’ So I’d say, ‘Hey, Al, we ain’t getting any younger. Give me a call. Let me know. What do you wanna do? Come on over. Let’s get together. Mike and I’ll meet you somewhere.’