September 4, 2002

Former VAN HALEN vocalists Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth may not be the best of friends, but they were cordial to each other on the road — despite rumors to the contrary. Backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, Roth and Hagar talked about the state of their relationship.

When asked if things were patched up between them, Roth responded: "Well, can you define patched up? (laughs) It turned into a color...What is rock 'n' roll without a little bit of conflict, without a little bit of a drama? But I think that most of what's been going on with the Roth/Hagar tour is purely for your listening and dancing pleasure. Come on, what's the worst that a couple of rock stars could possibly do? A little slap fighting, an elaborate healing process and a reunion tour."

Addressing the rumors that a wall had to be built between Roth and Hagar, Dave said, "Actually, I think it was Sam who insisted that a wall be built between the two camps, and every night now it looks like a rap festival with all the police presence."

Meanwhile, Hagar denied that a huge rift had developed between the two.

"Right now walking off the stage with Dave, he was talking about going to a titty bar," Sammy stated. "You know, I said, 'Hey I'm with my wife, but I'll ask her,' you know?"

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