Hagar was speaking about his former Van Halen bandmate, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 65 following a battle with cancer, in a new interview.
Hagar, who served as vocalist and guitarist in Van Halen during two stints (1985–1996, 2003–2005), said that he spoke to the late Van Halen guitarist earlier this year in a bid to patch up their relationship following years of zero communication between the two.
“I think that the word is pretty much out that Eddie and I buried the hatchet earlier on this year,” Hagar told Rock 105.5’s Angi Taylor.
“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.”
Hagar added that Van Halen’s passing “would’ve been way too much for me” had the two not settled their differences “cause I’m still grieving my ass off”.
“But the grieving is starting to make… It feels like: hey, we had a great thing,” he continued. “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.”
Hagar also said that “when I called [Van Halen], after years of not speaking, back in February, I think, or January, whatever it was — before COVID — he said: ‘What took you so long?'”
“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’.'”
Last week, a street artist paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by briefly turning the Van Siclen Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York into ‘Van Halen Avenue’.