The Hall and Oates star has confirmed speculation that he was asked to join the 'Jump' band by the late guitarist.
Speaking on New York radio station Q104.3, he said: “I knew those guys really well.
“We actually shared some… crew and things like that. David [Lee Roth] had just left the band, and Eddie [Van Halen] asked me, ‘Do you wanna join Van Halen, man?’"
However, he turned down the offer.
Daryl added: “He was half-joking, but I think he was serious. I really do believe he was serious, and I took it seriously. I said, ‘Man, I think not. I think I’ve got my own s*** going on.'”
David quit the heavy rock group in 1984 to pursue a solo career, despite them being one of the most successful bands of the time, and Sammy Hagar was hired by the group in a bid to reinvent their career.
David reunited with his bandmates in 2007, and appeared on the 2012 LP ‘A Different Kind of Truth’.
Eddie passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer in October 2020 at the age of 65.
Sammy had confirmed that he had been in talks about joining a Van Halen reunion tour with Eddie, Alex Van Halen and David before the axe-slayer's passing.
He said: "Eddie and Al and Irving Azoff, their manager [and] my dear friend, we were looking at doing the reunion tour with everybody, which is the way it had to be. I've been pushing for that for 10 years. I was ready to put [any differences] aside. Let's go give the fans the biggest band in the world, you know what I mean? You don't get bigger than Van Halen, and the fans deserve to see it all, hear every song."
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