Sammy Hagar spoke at length about his final texts with his long-estranged bandmate, the late-great Eddie Van Halen. During a chat with Kyle Meredith, the “Red Rocker” shed light on the tone of the chats — and their tentative plans for a major Van Halen reunion tour.
Hagar explained that when and if an Eddie Van Halen tribute concert takes place — wild horses won’t be able to keep him away: “I have nothing to do with the (Eddie Van Halen) legacy. That’s their business — that’s Wolfie (Van Halen), Alex Van Halen; they’re family members. Whoever wants to call me up and say, ‘Here’s the date,’ I will be there. I don’t care where I am. I’ll cancel a (solo) show (if I need to (laughs).”
Hagar went on to explain that canceling show has always been a major — nearly non-existent — event in the Van Halen world: “(That’s) something Van Halen would never do. I always make that joke — canceling a show was (out of the question with) Van Halen. I went out sick without being able to sing, Eddie went out with a crutch, Alex went out with a f***ing neck brace — we wouldn’t cancel shows. But I will cancel my show for a tribute to Eddie any day.”
- Last month bassist Michael Anthony spoke about the prospects of an Eddie Van Halen tribute show on KLOS and was all for a live bash celebrating the life and music of his departed former bandmate: “There has to be one. Obviously, we all loved Eddie, and the music was all great, whether you’re a Dave (Lee Roth) fan, a Sammy (Hagar) fan, a Gary (Cherone) fan, or whatever. And it’s gotta be celebrated at some point.”
- He went on to say, “Obviously, now is not the time, because his family’s grieving, his son’s grieving, (and) I’m still trying to wrap my head around it actually having happened. But I’m sure it will happen some time here in the hopefully not-too-distant future. And I’m definitely in when it does happen. It’ll be a great celebration, I think.”
- Michael Anthony had been estranged from Van Halen since the band’s 2004 summer tour featuring him, singer Sammy Hagar, and Alex and Eddie Van Halen.
- The band recruited Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass starting in 2007, when it reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth for several tours and both a studio and live album.
- In the ensuing years, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have played nearly exclusively with each other in such groups as Chickenfoot and the Circle, and were the only two members of Van Halen to accept the band’s honor during its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
CHECK IT OUT: Van Halen on February 1st, 1989 performing “Why Can’t This Be Love” live in Tokyo: