The Reason Sammy Hagar Apologizes Eddie Van Halen After His Death
In a recent interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron, Sammy Hagar has revealed that he wished he did not include Eddie Van Halen’s dark side in his book after his tragic death.
It is known that in 1985, Sammy Hagar took the place of David Lee Roth in Van Halen and recorded four albums with Hagar at the front titled ‘5150,’ ‘OU812,’ ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ and ‘Balance,’ which were all charted at the top of Billboard’s lists. Sammy then left Van Halen in 1996 due to several disagreements and rejoined the band in 2003 only for two more years.
Sammy and Eddie last appeared together on the stage in 2004 for a U.S. summer tour. Following his departure from the band, Hagar wrote an autobiography in 2011 named ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock’ which depicts his career path from different aspects without any drawback, including the time he spent with Eddie Van Halen, who died from cancer on October 6, 2020.
According to his recent statement, Sammy regrets writing negative words about Eddie in his autobiography at the time. During the interview, he stated that he apologizes sincerely for exposing Eddie’s dark side, thinking no one wants to hear those now. He added that if he wrote the book today, he would only speak of the good side of Eddie because he was a great guitar player and also a brilliant friend.
“But more than anything, because of the untimely and tragic death of Eddie Van Halen, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for exposing his dark side to where I don’t think anyone wants to hear that now, and, unfortunately, it’s in the book. And it’s true — it’s all true. It’s not like I have to say, ‘Oh, I was lying’ — no, no, no.
If I wrote the book today, I would only put the good of Eddie Van Halen, because he was such a brilliant, genius guitar player and such a great friend and a great partner — until everything went wrong, like everything else.”
What Did Sammy Hagar Write About Eddie Van Halen In His Book?
In Hagar’s book ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock,’ he talked about Eddie Van Halen saying that he was messed up, threateningly skinny, drinking wine from its bottle, missing several teeth and a part of his tongue. It is reported in an interview in 2012 that Hagar considered their reunion tour in 2004 as the most miserable, back-stabbing dark crap he has been involved in his whole life. He also included the incidents that happened during the tour in his book. Eddie is also known to have said that the book portrayed him as a ‘very angry drunk.’
Sammy Hagar has also stated in the recent interviewer that if he would have known he was sick at that time, he would have understood what was happening and he would try to reel him in. He then added that it was impossible as Eddie was on a wild track. Saying he was the sweetest guy in the world when they first met, Hagar mentioned that he questioned how Eddie managed to play so badass and be that humble. He then said he thought it was impossible since Eddie must have a fire inside of him that wasn’t seen from the outside. Hagar continued, saying when the fire came out, he realized it was not a fire but a volcano.
Hagar told the interviewers that:
“If we’d have known he was sick then, then I would have understood and I would have been a little more, ‘Hey, Ed, come on,’ try to reel him in. But he was impossible. He was on a track of just wild. It was tough.”
He then added:
“He was the sweetest guy in the world when I met him. When Eddie Van Halen walked into my dressing room in that show in Anaheim Stadium with Boston and Black Sabbath, that was one of the sweetest people, most humble human beings I’ve ever met in my life. I thought, ‘How can this guy play so badass and be that humble?’ I thought, ‘It’s impossible. He must have a fire inside of him that he’s not showing.’ And when that fire came out, it was quite the fire — a freakin’ volcano.“
Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, 2020, at St. John’s Hospital in California. As his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, has confirmed, he passed away losing his battle against cancer. Although Sammy Hagar apologizes for including such bitter details about the musician, they still remain in his book, revealing his dark side.