SAMMY HAGAR will do whatever it takes to be part of EDDIE VAN HALEN tribute concert
In a new interview with Kyle Meredith, former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar spoke about plans to organize a tribute show in honor of his longtime bandmate, VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died last October. He said (see video below): “I have nothing to do with the Eddie Van Halen legacy. That’s their business — that’s Wolfie (Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie‘s son), Alex Van Halen (Eddie‘s brother); they’re family members. Whoever wants to call me up and say, ‘Here’s the date,’ I will be there. I don’t care where I am. I’ll cancel a solo show if I need to. (Laughs) That’s something VAN HALEN would never do. I always make that joke — canceling a show was out of the question with VAN HALEN. I went out sick without being able to sing, Eddie went out with a crutch, Alex went out with a fucking neck brace — we wouldn’t cancel shows. But I will cancel my show for a tribute to Eddie any day.”
Hagar acknowledged that an Eddie Van Halen tribute concert is unlikely to happen before the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. “We’ve gotta get back to work first — they’ve gotta allow us to get in the same place — because that’s not gonna be a social-distance event, let me tell you that right now,” he laughed.
Last November, Wolfgang told Entertainment Tonight that he and his family may eventually stage a tribute show in honor of his father, with proceeds going toward Eddie‘s favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which helps underprivileged students access musical instruments. Proceeds from the debut solo single from Wolfgang‘s solo band MAMMOTH WVH, “Distance”, are also benefiting Mr. Holland’s Opus.
During the same chat, Wolfgang once again shot down a rumor that a new version of VAN HALEN could be assembled featuring him on guitar in place of his late father. In October, a rumor started to make the rounds via a Wolfgang Van Halen private group on Facebook that the VAN HALEN “camp” was discussing the possibility of the band carrying with a revamped lineup that would consist of Hagar on vocals, Anthony on bass, Alex Van Halen on drums and Wolfgang on guitar. Furthermore, it was suggested that Eddie Van Halen told his son and brother “I give you my blessing” with regard to the prospect of VAN HALEN continuing without him.
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