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Hagar: Van Halen Reunion a "Horror Fest"

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Hagar: Reunion Was a "Horror Fest"

Brooke Niemeyer

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Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar says the group’s reunion in 2004 wasn’t what he wanted or expected it to be.

“The Van Halen reunion was a disappointment for me,” Hagar said Tuesday night at the Borders in Columbus Circle. “I was just hoping it was going to be great and everybody was going to be happy and a big love fest and just go at it again but it wasn’t that at all. It was the complete opposite. It was a horror fest.”

Hagar, also known as the “Red Rocker,” said even with all the ups and downs in his life, he has no regrets.

“The past is done and there’s no reason to mess with that,” Hagar said. “I’m in a really good place right now and very happy with my life.”

He added, “I wouldn’t want to mess with this moment either because I’m living the dream. This is more than anyone could ever hope or dream for. I just hope that I can keep doing this thing exactly the way it is now. I don’t want to fix anything and I have no regrets.”

He released his book “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock” yesterday, which chronicles his experiences from childhood to becoming a headlining rock star. Hagar says that even though some of the book gets graphic, he will allow his four children to read it.

“My sons are one thing… but my little daughters I’m nervous about it still,” Hagar said. “I may make them read the Keith Richards book first and then they’re going to say 'My pops is like the funny papers.'”

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