After Years Of Conflict, Sammy Hagar Details Final Phone Call With Eddie Van Halen

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In 1985, Sammy Hagar joined the rock band Van Halen, replacing lead singer David Lee Roth after he left to embark on a solo career. He was a member of the band until 1996 and again from 2003-2005.

During his first stint as lead singer, Van Halen had four multi-platinum, number one albums: 5150OU812For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and Balance. During this time, fans often referred to the band as “Van Hagar.”

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Several disputes among band members led to Sammy’s departure in 1996. Both he and Eddie Van Halen have done interviews about what happened and it’s all a he said/he said situation.

#Throwback to 1988. Eddie and I holding each other’s guitars. That was Frankenstein and he had my model he had made for me from Kramer. #MissYouBud #OU812 #Backstage

Posted by Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Despite their differences, Sammy returned for two years for a reunion tour, but went their separate ways once again. In recent years, Eddie was battling cancer and Sammy wanted to bury the hatchet. In a new interview with Variety, Sammy revealed that he was trying to get ahold of Eddie for a while.

Happy birthday Eddie Van Halen. I hope you’re healthy and happy. I love this picture of us rockin’ out.

Posted by Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) on Sunday, January 26, 2020

I heard he was in bad shape and I wanted to reach out; I finally said, ‘I’m just calling him’I was calling his brother, I was calling his manager, I was calling his friends, and I’d say, ‘Hey, tell Ed, give him my phone number. Tell him if he ever wants to talk to me, I really, really want to talk it out, help him and see what I can do,’” he said. “I [told them], ‘I want to be his friend, I want to bury the hatchet,’ but they never got it done.

Finally, a mutual friend – actor and comedian George Lopez – called Sammy up and told him just how bad Eddie’s cancer was.

Sammy told Variety, “George is a dear friend and he was Eddie’s friend and he said, ‘Sammy, Eddie’s in bad shape, he loves you brother, you need to reach out.’ I said, ‘Give me his fucking number and I’ll make sure I call him.

So, George connected the two and it was perfect timing.

“Poor Eddie, broke my heart, but thank God we connected before [he died],” Sammy said. “I said, ‘Why don’t you respond? I’ve been reaching out,’ and Ed said, ‘Why didn’t you call me? Don’t fucking call my brother, fucking call me!’ And I said, ‘I love you man,’ and it was like, boom, we were good. It was a beautiful thing.”

Eddie passed away in October 2020 following a battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his son, Woflgang.

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