Sammy Hagar Explains Why He Reached Out to Eddie Van Halen Last Month

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Everyone was surprised when Sammy Hagar reached out to Eddie Van Halen to wish him a happy birthday this past January 26.

Given the bad blood between the two men, why did it happen?

As Hagar explains to Ultimate Classic Rock, he had a change of heart following the deaths of David Bowie and Glenn Frey that month. Hagar is 69, the same age as Bowie and and two years older than Frey at the time of their deaths. Their passings were a reminder that life is fleeting.

“It just makes you stop and think that, you know, with my relationship with Eddie Van Halen and stuff that’s always been in the toilet, it makes you say, ‘I don’t want to be buried with any regrets or bad vibes like that,’” Hagar says. “It makes you want to be just friends with everybody and say, ‘Hey look, forget it.’”

Hagar’s tweet was followed by rumors of a reunion with Van Halen, but Hagar says no such chance is in the offing.

“Even if you don’t want to be in a band together, just let’s be friends,” he says. “No more enemies for me. You don’t want to go to your grave with enemies.

“So that’s what it’s done for me. It woke me up and said, ‘No more enemies.’ And before I die I won’t have any if I have my way.”

Hagar is currently busy with his new AXS TV program, Rock & Roll Road Trip, which launched on January 24, and his band, the Circle, which features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.

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