Sammy Hagar provided more details of his dealings with Eddie Van Halen, revealing that comedian George Lopez played an important role in the reunion of former comrades.
“I reached out to Eddie because … George Lopez, the comedian, whom I had known for a long time and who Eddie’s dear friends were, called me and said, ‘Sammy, I need you to call Eddie. I played. golf to him. He is not doing well, ‘”Red Rocker recalled in a conversation at St. Louis radio station KSHE 95.
Lopez continues to let Hagar know that Eddie loves her, but “fails” that she doesn’t reach.
“‘I reached all these people. I reached out to Alex [Van Halen]. I do not have Eddie̵7;s contact number, ”insisted a defensive Hagar. “So George said, ‘Here’s his number. Call him.'”
When Eddie picked up the phone, it was as fast as ever, the guitarist was still jokingly asking Hagar, ‘How long have you been?’ ”
“It’s just been a big celebration of love since then,” Red Rocker said. “That was back at the beginning of the year, before COVID. So, yes, we texted and talked about Wolfie [Eddie’s son, Wolfgang] and his new record, and about us and the things we did and how good things were. “
Hagar had previously said the hearing on Van Halen’s death was “like the hit of a freaking Mack truck,” but the singer calmed down knowing he had reconciled with the guitarist before he died.
“It was a tough one. But if I couldn’t contact Ed and we buried the hatchet like that and became friends again, I’m not sure how I got it,” Hagar acknowledged. “It would be bad.”
Listen to Hagar’s full interview below.