Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen patched up their friendship before the legendary guitarist’s death in October

 

Sammy Hagar has revealed how he rebuilt his friendship with Eddie Van Halen in the months before the legendary guitarist’s death in October 2020.

Relations between the guitarist and Van Halen’s second frontman soured badly in the wake of the quartet’s disastrous 2004 reunion tour, the grim details of which Hagar laid bare in stark terms in his best-selling 2011 autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock. But following the guitarist’s passing on October 6, 2020, Hagar revealed that he had managed to reconnect with his former friend and that the pair were on civil terms in the months before Van Halen’s death.

Now, in a new interview with former MTV/VH1 host Matt Pinfield on the the New & Approved show on KLOS, Hagar has revealed exactly how he reached out to Van Halen, and shared details of the pair’s final conversations.

Hagar says that he had attempted to build bridges with both Eddie and Alex Van Halen in recent years by sending the brothers friendly messages on their birthdays and at the dawning of new years, but was largely ignored. But after Eddie responded to an Instagram posting from Hagar, the singer was encouraged to think that the passing of time had healed some old wounds. When rumours began to circulate within the music industry that Van Halen was unwell, Hagar says he got in touch with Alex Van Halen, Eddie’s guitar tech Matt Bruck and the band’s manager Irving Azoff, who recommended that he contact Alex Van Halen once again.

Hagar tells Pinfield, “I said, ‘I don’t wanna bug Eddie. I don’t wanna call Eddie and have him tell me, “Fuck you, you asshole”’… I wanted to talk with someone else first and see how he was doing and if he would be cool with me calling. Nobody’s calling me. Nobody’s calling me back. Nobody’s responded to my e-mails, no response to my texts.”

“So, [US comedian/actor] George Lopez calls me, and he’s a dear friend too,” Hagar continued. “And he goes, ‘Sam, you’ve gotta call Eddie,’ and blah blah blah. I said, ‘I tried to reach him.’ [He says], ‘Here’s his number. I just talked to him. He loves you, man. He loves you.’ And I said, ‘Wow. Okay.’ I call him, and he’s going, ‘What took you so long?’ I’m going, ‘Well, I called Al. I called this guy. I called that [guy].’ And he goes, ‘Well, you didn’t call me.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m calling you now.’ And we just burst out laughing.”

Hagar reveals that he and Van Halen communicated for 4 or 5 months before their conversations tailed off.

“All of a sudden, he wasn’t returning the texts and he wasn’t returning my calls and I wasn’t getting no response for about a month,” he says. “It was heartbreaking, ’cause I knew. And then one time I said, ‘Hey, dude. What the fuck? You didn’t give me no love.’ And he goes, ‘Man, I’ve been in the hospital.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, fuck.’ And then that was the last I heard [from] him.”

Latest Manitoba Covid Report Shows Nearly 200 New Cases

According to the Manitoba Government’s website, as of today (December 31, 2020), there are 187 new cases of the COVID 19 virus within the province. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba hit 24,700 as of 9:30 a.m. (Friday, January 1st).

Today’s COVID-19 data shows 18 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 38 cases in the Northern health region, 7 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region, 33 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region, and 91 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The latest data also shows out of the 247 COVID patients still in Manitoba hospitals 33 are in ICU. There are 4,505 active cases and 19,528 people have recovered from COVID -19.

For more information visit the Manitoba Government’s COVID info website.
https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/index.html

Shops and Services Open or Closed For New Years Day

City of Brandon:

– Brandon City Hall (410 Ninth St.), the City of Brandon Civic Services Complex (900 Richmond Ave. East), the Parks Complex (2020 McGregor Ave.), Brandon Community Sportsplex (30 Knowlton Dr.) and the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex (638 Princess Ave.) closed at noon Dec. 31st and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4 for regular business hours.

– Brandon Transit – No fixed routes will run on New Year’s Day, but Handi-Transit will operate.

– The Eastview Landfill will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– For any after-hours public works emergencies – the City of Brandon Public Works After-Hours Line is 204-729-2285.

Grocery Stores:

– The Real Canadian Superstore (920 Victoria Ave.) is closed on New Year’s Day.

– Sobeys Extra Brandon South (1645 18th St.) and Sobeys Brandon West (3409 Victoria Ave.) is open on New Year’s Day until 6 p.m.

– The Co-op Marketplace (1035 Richmond Ave.) is closed New Year’s Day.

– The Walmart Supercentre in the Corral Centre is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Shopping

– The Brandon Shoppers Mall will closed on New Year’s Day. The mall will be open Saturday, January 2nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 3rd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– Home Depot in the Coral Centre is closed New years Day but open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, January 2nd.

– Mark’s Work Warehouse is closed New Years Day but open Saturday, January 2nd from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Furniture

– Leon’s Furniture Brandon – Closed on New Years Day but open again Saturday, Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and closed on Sunday, January 3rd

– The Brick Brandon – Closed New Years Day. Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Noon until 5 p.m.

– Kullberg’s Furniture – Closed New Years Day. Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but closed Sunday January 3rd.

– Ashley Home Furnishings – Closed on New Years Day. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Open online 24/7 at: Ashleyhomestore.ca

Liquor:

– Brandon’s three full Liquor Mart locations and one Express location will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– The Keystone Beer Company (1865 Brandon Ave.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– Beer Warehouse (Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Ave.) will be open until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

– The 40 (210 18th St. will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Medical Clinics:

– The Newmount Medical Clinic (624 18th St.) will closed on New Year’s Day and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 2.

– The Brandon Clinic (620 Dennis St.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– Brandon Clinic West (2835 Victoria Ave.) will closed New Year’s Day.

– Wheat City Clinic (1711 Kirkcaldy Dr.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– The Western Medical Clinic (2425 Victoria Ave.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– Rosser Medical Group (841 Rosser Ave.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

– Trinity Medical Clinic (335 18th St.) will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Pharmacies:

– Brandon’s Shoppers Drug Mart at 139 Victoria Avenue East  will be open from 10 a.m. until midnight while the Shoppers Mall location will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Years Day.

COVID Testing:

– The drive-thru COVID-19 test site in Brandon on Van Horne Avenue behind the Manitoba Emergency Services college is open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

– Brandon’s walk-in testing site at the Keystone Centre will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on New Years Day.

Local Newspaper

The Brandon Sun will not publish a newspaper on New Year’s Day. The next edition will be published Saturday, January 2nd

Library

– The Brandon Public Library (Unit 1, 710 Rosser Ave.) as well as the Shoppers Mall location will be closed New Year’s Day.