SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN Reunion Tour Is Like One Giant Celebration

VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar and drummer Alex Van Halen recently took part in a joint Boston Globe interview to discuss the group's latest chapter.

"This tour is like one giant celebration with all the fans that've been there forever," Hagar said of the current reunion tour. "People are really excited about this, and it makes me want to give everything that I've got."

The timing of the reunion was also right for guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Alex's brother who was regaining his strength in recovering from tongue cancer. "Ed went through a very difficult time," Alex said. "It was a health scare and, believe me, as his brother who didn't know if he was going to make it through the next week, it was a very strange experience. It's not something that you'd expect at his age."

Eddie, 49, has been avoiding the media, perhaps because he doesn't want to be asked about his health.

"There's a story about that, but now is not the time to talk about it," Alex said. "We're looking forward. We're not looking back. We went through some hard times with Ed and with some other things, but we're through that. We came out the other end stronger — and let's do what we do, which is to make music." Read more.

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