Sammy Hagar has given more details about his reconciliation with Eddie Van Halen and revealed that comedian George Lopez played a crucial role in getting the former bandmates to speak again.
“I reached out to Eddie because … George Lopez, the comedian I’ve known for a long time and who’s also dear friends with Eddie, calls me up and says, ‘Sammy, I need you to call to Eddie. I played golf with him. He’s not doing well, “Red Rocker recalled during a conversation with St. Louis radio station KSHE 95.
Lopez went on to inform Hagar that Eddie loved him, but was “disappointed” that he had not reached out.
When Eddie picked up the phone, it was fast as old times again, the guitarist even jokingly asked Hagar: ‘What took you so long?’ “
“It was just a big love party from then on,” remarked Red Rocker. “It was back at the beginning of the year before COVID. So yeah, we texted and talked about Wolfie [Eddie’s son, Wolfgang] and his new record, and about us and the things we did and how great the things are. “
Hagar said earlier that hearing about Van Hallen’s death “was like being hit by a freaking Mack truck,” but the singer took comfort in knowing that he made peace with the guitarist before his death.
“It was hard. But if I had not contacted Ed and we buried the ax like that and became friends again, I’m not sure how I could have taken it,” Hagar admitted. “That would have been devastating.”
Listen to Hagar’s full interview below.