How George Lopez helped Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen reconnect


Sammy Hagar has given more details on his reconciliation with Eddie Van Halen, revealing that comedian George Lopez has played a pivotal role in getting the band’s former comrades talking again.“I contacted Eddie because… George Lopez, the comedian, whom I have known for a long time and who is also a very dear friend to Eddie, calls me and says, ‘Sammy, I need you to call Eddie. I played golf with him. He’s not doing well, ”the Red Rocker recalled in conversation with St. Louis radio station KSHE 95.

Lopez went on to inform Hagar that Eddie loved him, but was “disappointed” that he hadn’t reached out.

“I contacted all of these people. I contacted Alex [Van Halen]. I didn’t have Eddie’s contact number, ”insisted a defensive end Hagar. “So George said, ‘Here’s his number. Call him.’ ”

When Eddie picked up the phone it was just like the good old days, the guitarist even jokingly asked Hagar, ‘What took you so long?’ ”

“It was just a big love party from there,” the Red Rocker remarked. “It was at the start of the year, before COVID. So yeah we texted and talked about Wolfie [Eddie’s son, Wolfgang] and his new record, and about us, the things that we’ve done and the quality of those things. ”

Hagar previously said hearing of Van Halen’s death “was like getting hit by a scary Mack truck,” but the singer took some solace in 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 like that and became friends again, I don’t know how I could have taken it, ”Hagar admitted. “It would have been devastating. . ”

Listen to Hagar’s full interview below.


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