Sammy Hagar has said in past interviews that he hasn’t talked to Eddie Van Halen since the reunion tour in 2004.
Hagar was recently interviewed by Guy “Favazz” Favazza, from Missouri radio station KSHE 95. During the interview Hagar was asked about how he renewed his friendship with Eddie prior to his passing.
“I reached out to Eddie because… George Lopez, the comedian, who I’ve known for a long time and who also is dear friends with Eddie, calls me up and says, ‘Sammy, I need you to call Eddie. I played golf with him. He’s not doing good,’ blah blah blah. And everyone knew Eddie wasn’t doing good. He said, ‘I just was with him, and he said he loves you and he’s so disappointed that you haven’t reached out to him.’ I said, ‘I reached out to all these people. I reached out to Alex [Eddie’s brother].’ I didn’t have Eddie’s contact number. I reached out to all these people: ‘Tell Eddie I love him. I hope he’s doing well.’ So George says, ‘Here’s his number. Call him.’ So I call him. And Eddie said — my favorite line from Eddie in a long time… He goes, ‘What took you so long?’ I go, ‘I reached out to Al. I reached out to everybody.’ He’s going, ‘You didn’t call me.’ And I said, ‘Oh, man. Ed, I love you.’ And it was just one big love fest from then on. That was back in the beginning of the year, before COVID. So, yeah, we’ve been texting and talking about Wolfie [Wolfgang Van Halen] and his new record, and about us and the things we did and how great the stuff is.”
Hagar was also asked if ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony had any contact with Eddie prior to his passing. Hagar said, “You’d have to ask Mike that. I don’t think so. But Ed told me a million times, ‘Give Mike my love,’ or something. But I’m not sure they communicated. I don’t think so. It’s probably not my place [to say].”
For the last several years, Hagar and Eddie’s relationship was practically non-existent, with Hagar saying a lot of things about Eddie in interviews and his autobiography “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”. But thanks to comedian George Lopez, they were able to bury the hatchet prior to Eddie’s recent passing.