Sammy Hager on Eddie Van Halen: ‘I don’t think anyone realized how sick he was’

Sami Hager on Eddie Van Halen:

In a new interview with KUSI‘s Paul RudyAnd Sami Hajar Talk about how to fix his relationship with the late Eddie Van Halen before the legendary from hallen Passage of guitarist in October 2020. Said (as written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The whole of 2020, in its early parts, around the month of January, Eddie I reached out and we started talking again. We were talking about writing music again. We’ve been talking about going out and hanging out with the whole gang at once for a long time in ’22; This was the plan. Of course we don’t want to advertise anything like that. but I think wolfie [Eddie‘s son Wolfgang Van Halen] He said it in some interviews how everyone was planning to do it, and it could have been the greatest thing that ever happened from hallen. Unfortunately, Eddie They did not succeed.

“I don’t think anyone realized how sick he was.” Sami I continued. And then when I started talking to him [again]I’ll send him a call and he won’t answer. I’d text him and say, “Word man…” – I’d call him “Word Man -” Word man, where are you, man? I’m trying to catch you. You make me nervous. And in about a day, he’ll be back [to me] And they say, “Dude, I was in the hospital.” I’d say, “Oh, my God.” It was funny. Dude, I’m in the hospital. Give me some slack.

“But I’ll tell you what: This guy was made of something special, man. That Dutch blood or whatever, he’s been stuck there for a long time. He’s had hip surgery and cancer and all that stuff for years; I think he fought for about 20 years.”

according to SamiAnd Eddie He never allowed his health issues or drug abuse to significantly affect his live performance. “Eddie He said, “He always played great. That’s the thing that was making me crazy, because he could drink as much as he wanted, do whatever he wanted and get out there and still play well. I’d say, ‘This guy makes me mad.'” [Laughs]”

Emigrated replacing David Lee Roth in a from hallen In 1985 she recorded four studio albums with the band – “5150”And “OU812”And “on charges of indecent assault” And “balance” – All topped the US chart.

SamiAnd EddieAnd Alex Van Halen And Michael Anthony She last collaborated in 2004 on a summer tour in the United States. In exchange for participating in the tour, Anthony He reportedly had to agree to a pay cut and relinquish his rights to the band’s name and logo.

In his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Rock Music Life.And Emigrated Criticize Eddie, saying that the guitarist was unkempt, bent over, and eerily thin, drank wine straight from the bottle, and lost part of his tongue (after a fear of cancer) and several teeth. He told an interviewer in 2012, “What happened on that reunion tour in 2004 was one of the most miserable and backstabbing I’ve ever been in.”

In a 2015 interview with rolling rockAnd Eddie question the ‘flowery’ part of Red: My Uncensored Rock Music Life. who painted the guitarist as “Drunk Angry” during the group’s 2004 reunion tour.

in november 2020, Eddieson Wolfgang He revealed that his father had been thinking of a “kitchen sink tour” that would have included Anthony, as well as vocal turns from both Emigrated And dung. There was even talk of a comeback Gary Chironwho sang with from hallen On one poorly received album, 1998 “Van Halen III”.

Eddie He died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Creator from hallen His son confirmed that Axman died of complications from cancer.

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