Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony said a tribute concert in honor of the late Eddie Van Halen is something that will likely happen once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
In a new interview, Hagar said, “It’s gotta happen. Of course, it’s gonna happen. No one’s really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I have been told, and I have read interviews with various people involved — with Wolfie [Wolfgang Van Halen] and Valerie [Bertinelli] and Eddie’s wife [Janie] that he was married to at the time — they all said as soon as this is over, we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever. Just a ‘thank you,’ a goodbye, a send-off.”
Hagar adamantly added, “And that’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years — that will happen. And if we’re available to do it, we’ll do it.”
Anthony concurred saying, “We’ve got to celebrate the music — so much good music.”
Both Hagar and Anthony have said publicly that they plan on continuing to play Van Halen music live in the wake of Eddie Van Halen’s death. Hagar said in an appearance on Big Jim's House back in October, “I’ll play those songs for the rest of my life.”
Anthony said last week in an appearance on Talkin' Rock with Meltdown, “Sammy and I will be out there playing Van Halen songs as long as we can.”