Sammy Hagar Says Nobody Picked Up His Calls When He Tried Talking To Eddie Van Halen
Former Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar opened up about the time when he tried to reach out to his former bandmate, legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen during an appearance on KLOS virtual series, ‘New & Approved,’ and apparently, nobody answered his calls, e-mails, and texts while he was worried about Eddie Van Halen.
As many of you know, Sammy Hagar has worked with Van Halen for over a decade as the band’s lead vocalist when he first joined the band in 1985 following the departure of vocalist David Lee Roth. Van Halen had fruitful years with Hagar as their frontman including four number 1 Billboard charting albums, along with countless chart hits, and record-breaking live performances.
However, the clash of ideas among the band members eventually led to Hagar’s departure from the band in June 1996. While there are a few different versions of his departure, Hagar claims that he was fired from the band, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, on the other hand, says that Hagar himself quit.
Unfortunately, Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen had been on bad terms since Hagar’s departure from the band and despite being reunited for the 2004 Van Halen reunion tour, it wasn’t until the ice seemed to start melting when lead vocalist shared a birthday post to the iconic guitars and got a friendly reply.
During a recent interview, former Van Halen vocalist revealed that by the time he reached out to Eddie Van Halen in order to celebrate his birthday for the purpose of nothing but being friendly, people instantly thought his intention was to get back in Van Halen.
Here is what Sammy Hagar said:
“It was just so awesome ’cause I had reached out to Eddie on his birthday for a couple of years. New Year’s Day I would reach out to Eddie and Al both, and I’d say, ‘Hey, Happy New Year, guys. I hope you’re happy, and I hope this year’s good for you.‘ I was really trying to be friends. I wasn’t looking to join the band. I wasn’t trying to put all that back together. Everyone probably took it that way. ‘Oh, yeah, he just wants to get back in the band.‘ I did not wanna get back in the band. As much as I love that band… If you said to me today, one last show with Eddie, Alex, and Michael, one last show, ‘Absolutely.’ That ain’t gonna happen. But at the time, I wasn’t looking to join the band. I like what I’m doing; I’m happy.”
In addition to this, Sammy Hagar opened up about the time when he tried to reach out to Eddie Vann Halen when he heard his illness was getting worse. Apparently, everybody he called, texted, mailed didn’t return to Hagar except for a close friend who gave the phone number of Eddie and convinced Hagar to call him while stating that Eddie loves him and doesn’t have bad intentions towards Sammy.
After reaching out to Eddie Van Halen after a long time period of trying, former bandmates instantly catch up with each other and stayed in touch for another five months until Eddie Van Halen eventually was in the hospital and unable to answer phone calls which resulted in his passing at the age of 65 after his long battle with cancer.
Here is what Hagar said:
“I think it was about two years in a row I did that and then once finally Eddie reached out and said ‘Thanks, man’ back on my Instagram. ‘Hey, thanks. Doing great,’ or whatever. ‘And a Happy New Year to you.’ And I went, ‘Oh. That was cool.’ But then I reached out to Alex. I heard Eddie was sick, and I knew he was sick. But I started hearing bad things. So I reached out to Alex. He did not get back. I reached out to Matt, his right-hand man. No. I reached out even to Irving Azoff, and he said, ‘Give Al a call.’ So I said, ‘I don’t wanna bug Eddie. I don’t wanna call Eddie and have him tell me, ‘Fuck you, you asshole.’ I’d go, ‘Oh, no. Not this again.’ So I wanted to talk with someone else first and see how he was doing and if he would be cool with me calling. Nobody’s calling me. Nobody’s calling me back. Nobody’s responded to my e-mails, no response to my texts.”
“So, George Lopez calls me, and he’s a dear friend too. And he goes, ‘Sam, you’ve gotta call Eddie,’ and blah blah blah. I said, ‘I tried to reach him.’ He says, ‘Here’s his number. I just talked to him. He loves you, man. He loves you.’ And I said, ‘Wow. Okay.’ I call him, and he’s going, ‘What took you so long?‘ I’m going, ‘Well, I called Al. I called this guy. I called that.’ And he goes, ‘Well, you didn’t call me.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m calling you now.’ And we just burst out laughing. And we just had a really nice relationship for probably four or five months, and then, all of a sudden, he wasn’t returning the texts and he wasn’t returning my calls and I wasn’t getting any response for about a month. It was heartbreaking, ’cause I knew. And then one time I said, ‘Hey, dude. What the fuck? You didn’t give me any love.’ And he goes, ‘Man, I’ve been in the hospital.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, fuck.’ And then that was the last I heard him.”
You can see the source of the interview right here.