The former vocalist of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, and the ex-bassist of the band, Michael Anthony, have paid tribute to the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen during their performance on Hagar’s annual birthday bash.
On Thursday, October 8, Sammy Hagar has played live for his birthday celebration along with his current band, The Circle, in Catalina Island in California.
Before performing a Van Halen classic, ‘Right Now,’ the former band members, Hagar and Anthony, invited their fans for a moment of silence in honor of Eddie Van Halen, who passed away on Tuesday, October 6, at the age of 65.
After their gig, the two have appeared before the cameras for a farewell video to Eddie, in which Sammy couldn’t hide his tears. They’ve spoken about the unique legacy of their former bandmate and expressed their love for him.
As you know, the legend, Eddie Van Halen, departed this life after a long battle with tongue and throat cancers, when the cancer cells had moved to his brain, along with other organs.
The whole metal community, Eddie’s friends and family members have been mourning their great loss since his death was confirmed. He has been commemorated by lots of musicians, including Kirk Hammett, Slash, Brian May, Dave Mustaine, and more.
In addition to these names, both Hagar and Anthony have expressed their condolences to Eddie’s family in the previous days. Posting lovely pictures taken with Van Halen on Instagram, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony said that they’re heartbroken and speechless.
Here’s what Sammy Hagar said in the video they took after the show:
“For Mike and I, it was just like getting hit by a freaking Mack truck. It kind of took the wind out of the sails. I just wanna say that I’m kind of devastated. A Van Halen song never felt so hard to sing and play in my life.
What I felt playing especially a song like ‘Right Now’ that is so timeless, that I felt, ‘Wow, thank God for this.’ We’ll never play it with Eddie again, but thank God for this.”
You can see the video Sammy Hagar shared on his YouTube channel and a fan took during their performance below.