Sami Hagar gave more details about his reconciliation with Eddie Van Halen, revealing that comedian George Lopez has played a key role in getting former teammates to talk again.
“I called Eddie because … George Lopez, the comedian I’ve known for a long time and who’s also a dear friend of Eddie’s, calls me and says, ‘Sam, you need to call Eddie.’ I played golf with him. He’s not doing well, “the Red Rocker recalled during a conversation with St. Louis KSHE 95.
Lopez continued to tell Hagar that Eddie loved him, but was “disappointed” that he had not touched.
“I turned to all these people. I reached for Alex [Van Halen]. I didn̵
When Eddie picked up the phone, it was like the old days again, and the guitarist even jokingly asked Hagar, “What took you so long?”
“From that moment on, it was just a big love festival,” said the Red Rocker. “That was at the beginning of the year, before COVID. So, yes, we were texting and talking about Wolfie [Eddie’s son, Wolfgang] and his new record, as well as about us and the things we did, and how great things are. “
Earlier, Hagar said that hearing Van Halen’s death “is like being hit by a crazy Mack truck”, but the singer calmed down, knowing that he made peace with the guitarist before his death.
“It was hard. But if I hadn’t contacted Ed and we buried the ax and became friends again, I’m not sure how I could take it,” Hagar admitted. “That would be devastating.”
Listen to Hagar’s full interview below.