Sammy Hagar Explains How Eddie Van Halen’s Death Became Acceptable For Him

Former Van Halen singer and current The Circle frontman Sammy Hagar joined an interview with Mike & Carla Morning Show. In the interview, he opened up about the process of his acceptance of Eddie Van Halen‘s passing.

Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985 as a replacement for David Lee Roth. With the band, he recorded four albums all of which became quite successful. He then left the band in 1996 but returned to work with Van Halen from 2003 to 2005.

Eddie Van Halen, one of the best guitarists in the world, has been struggling with numerous health issues through those times. Before his tragic passing, the iconic guitarist was battling throat and lung cancer. However, he lost the battle and passed away on October 6, 2020.

Eddie’s death indeed had a huge impact on Hagar as they were close friends regardless of the previous problems between them. Even now, the musician still becomes emotional when thinking about the time he spent with the guitarist. According to Hagar, he often sees Eddie in his dreams as well.

In an interview on Mike & Carla Morning Show, Sammy Hagar revealed how he accepted Eddie Van Halen’s death. He said that he has no idea what he would do if he and Eddie were still distant prior to his passing. Moreover, he said that it is still hard but it would be a lot harder to accept if the two old friends wouldn’t reconcile. As Hagar said, reconciling with Eddie and making future plans at that time made his passing situation more acceptable for him.

Sammy Hagar told Mike & Carla Morning Show about Eddie Van Halen’s passing that:

“If Eddie and I would not have connected towards the end, I don’t know how I would have dealt with it. It would have been a lot harder to accept what happened to him. It’s still hard, of course, but becoming friends with him and starting to talk about ‘Boy, we’re going to get together next year, we’re going to do this,’ or ‘Eddie, you’ve got to get your health together’ made it more acceptable for me.

You know, I never talked about it because we had to understand it. We weren’t going to talk about it and we’re going to save it, make a whole bunch of noise like last year was supposed to be. But it never happened. It’s a shame because I guess it was the big one. The plan was to go out with all of us and Wolf opening, and all that kind of stuff. That would have been so awesome. I dreamt that from when I was in the band, I was open-minded to that.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.