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Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar Reveals He Planned to Make New Music with Eddie Van Halen Prior to Guitarist’s Death

Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar Reveals He Planned to Make New Music with Eddie Van Halen Prior to Guitarist’s Death

A little more than three years after Eddie Van Halen passed away, Sammy Hagar revealed that he was planning to work with his former bandmate on a new music project prior to the rocker’s death.

While speaking to Fox News Digital, the former Van Halen bandmate revealed that Eddie had been working with new instruments and the duo had been talking about working together on some new music. “He wanted to keep going,” Hagar said. “He was getting into it before he died.”

Hagar then spoke about how he and Van Halen had started talking after he heard that the legendary rocker was sick. “I reached out, and we got together and talked a lot. He was talking about playing cello and playing some wind instruments.”

The singer also said he remembered being mesmerized by Eddie Van Halen’s talent. “I thought, wow, he just – he was so musical.’ And he had hands that would do what he thought. My hands won’t do it.”

Although he noted that Van Halen had been formally educated musically, Hagar said the late rocker’s “innate genius” was apparent. Especially when the duo would make music together. “He was capable of comprehending a lot of things about life that we would talk about and not, you know, not just musical.” 

Eddie Van Halen was in the music industry for nearly 60 years at the time of his death. He died on October 6, 2020, after suffering from a stroke. He was 65 years old at the time of his death. 

Sammy Hagar Talks the Differences Between Him and Original Van Halen Singer David Lee Roth 

As he continued to speak to Fox News Digital about his career and his time with Van Halen, Sammy Hagar chatted about the differences between his voice and the legendary rock group’s original singer, David Lee Roth. 

“Just range,” Hagar said about the key difference. “David, he’s got a limited range, and so he works a lot more off attitude to try to, you know, get his point across.”

Hagar explained that the former Van Halen singer’s range limited him lyrically in a lot of ways. He then compared Roth to Bob Dylan, who also has a limited range. “You know, Dave, it was limited to his phrasing because he wasn’t just poetic like Bob, who could just ramble off all this crazy stuff that made sense, you know, even though it didn’t.”

Hagar added that he is capable of hitting notes that he can bring out different emotions. “And I don’t have to have attitude,” he concluded.