Sammy Hagar Says Eddie Van Halen Used To Make Him Mad With His ‘Perfect’ Performance
Sammy Hagar recently joined KUSI’s Paul Rudy for an interview during which he admitted that Eddie Van Halen made him mad with his perfect performances.
Eddie Van Halen was an iconic guitarist who worked as the primary lyricist and guitarist of Van Halen, the band he co-founded along with his brother Alex Van Halen back in 1972. He lent his unique guitar skills to the band until he passed away in 2020. After Eddie’s passing, Van Halen decided to disband as they couldn’t continue without him.
One of the greatest guitar players in rock history, Eddie Van Halen, struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He started drinking alcohol and smoking when he was 12 and got addicted to the extent that he needed alcohol to survive. Entering rehab in 2007, Eddie claimed he had been sober since 2008.
Back in 2000, Eddie started receiving treatment for tongue cancer. Declared cancer-free in 2002, Eddie blamed holding guitar picks in his mouth for his tongue cancer. He then got hospitalized in 2019 after battling throat cancer for over five years and died of a stroke on October 6, 2020, when he was 65.
In an interview on KUSI News, Eddie’s former Van Halen bandmate Sammy Hagar revealed that he was quite jealous about Eddie Van Halen’s perfect performances. He stated that Eddie got something special as he’s had cancer and hip surgery but was still capable of performing. Moreover, Hagar stated the guitarist used to make him mad because he still played great although he consumed so much alcohol and did anything he wanted.
In the interview, Sammy Hagar said the following:
“But I’ll tell you what: that guy was made out of something special, man. That Dutch blood or whatever it is, he hung in there a long time. He’s had cancer and hip surgery and all these things for years; I guess he’d battled it almost 20 years.
Eddie always played great. That’s the thing that used to make me mad, ’cause he could drink as much as he wanted, do anything he wanted and come out there and still play good. I’d be going, ‘This guy is making me mad.'”
You can watch the interview below.