Sammy Hagar says his last call to Eddie Van Halen was one of the toughest moments of his life

In a new interview with Variety, the former Van Halen frontman opened up his relationship with the great guitar, who died in October at the age of 65 after a tough battle with throat cancer

“Poor Eddie broke my heart, but thank God we bonded before (he died),” said Hagar (73). “I heard that he was in bad shape and I wanted me Report I finally said, ‘I’m just calling him’ ”

Hagar replaced Van Halen’s original singer David Lee Roth in 1985 after he left the group to pursue a solo career.Together with Eddie on guitar, brother Alex on drums and Michael Anthony on bass, they made four platinum records, including 5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance

Hagar left the band in 1996 and was briefly replaced by Gary Cherone. He reunited with the band in 2004, but their fragile relationship continued backstage, leading Hagar to leave the band

In a note to the Howard Stern Show in October, Hagar said the couple started exchanging texts earlier this year

“Eddie and I had texted and it had been a love feast since we started communicating earlier this year. We both agreed not to tell anyone because of all the rumors that it would be a goodbye and so on and we both knew it wasn’t going to happen, but neither did he want anyone to know about his health ”

But in his conversation with Variety, Hagar reveals that getting Van Halen on the line wasn’t an easy task at first, since he no longer had Eddie’s number, and he reached out to his manager, friends, and even his brother Alex

“I (told them),” I want to be his friend, I want to bury the hatchet “but they never made it”

It was comedian George Lopez who was able to help Hagar reconnect with Van Halen. “George is a dear friend and he was Eddie’s friend and he said,” Sammy, Eddie is in bad shape, he loves you ‘Brother, you have to get in touch “I said,’ Give me his phone number and I’ll make sure I call him ‘”

When they could finally speak, Hagar said the two could pick up exactly where they left off

“Ed said,” Why didn’t you call me? Don’t call my brother, call me! “And I said,“ I love you man ”and it was like, boom, we were good I was a beautiful thing”

Hagar also revealed that the possibility of a Van Halen reunion tour with him and Roth was in the works earlier this year before Van Halen’s health worsened

“Eddie and Al and Irving Azoff, your manager (and) my dear friend, we wanted to do the reunion tour with everyone, so it had to be that would have been wonderful, “he said

Speaking to Rolling Stone earlier this year, Hagar said that he and Van Halen had ongoing music deals as he predicted the band would “be on tour next year”

“I know Eddie and I are not done yet,” Hagar said. “If enough water goes under the bridge before we die, it will happen. It has to God will hit us both if He has to”

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