Eddie Van Halen texted Sammy Hagar to ‘give Mike my love.’ Sadly, Anthony and Eddie may not have spoken before the guitarist’s tragic death. Alternative Nation has learned that Michael Anthony felt bittersweet about recently performing at Sammy Hagar’s birthday bash on PPV right after Van Halen’s death. An Eddie Van Halen drug used to fight his cancer was also just detailed.
Anthony said, “Sambo, a bit of a bittersweet birthday bash, but knowing we were up there honoring our brother Ed with the music we all created together makes me happy and proud to be up there jammin with you!! It was a Happy early birthday brother!! Love ya…”
Comedian George Lopez urged Hagar to call Van Halen after playing golf with him and seeing how sick he was.
Hagar told Rock 105.5’s The Angi Taylor Show, “I think that the word is pretty much out that Eddie and I buried the hatchet earlier on this year. We didn’t go around talking about it. He asked me not to talk about it, and I did not talk about it.
But now, looking back, if we wouldn’t have come to terms with that feud we were having after the reunion tour, I wouldn’t have been able to come to grips with it. It would have been way too much for me, ’cause I’m still grieving my ass off… But the grieving is starting to make… It feels like, hey, we had a great thing. This music will live on forever — beyond me. I’ll sing it for the rest of my life. When I’m gone, hopefully some young bands come up and play that music. And you can always play it in your homes.”
“When I called him, after years of not speaking, back in February, I think, or January, whatever it was — before COVID — he said, ‘What took you so long?’ [Laughs] It put the biggest smile on my face. I said, ‘Oh my God. Don’t ask me.’ That was just very touching to me: ‘Hey, I’ve been waitin’.'”