The Red Rocker told Howard Stern that the reconciliation happened earlier this year.
Sammy Hagar told Howard Stern on Wednesday (Oct. 7) that he and former bandmate Eddie Van Halen quietly reconciled earlier this year, just months before the legendary guitarist's death.
A longtime Van Halen superfan, Stern opened the SiriusXM broadcast with an extended tribute to the virtuoso, saying, "When Eddie Van Halen came on the scene, I had never heard guitar playing like that -- you know something superior was happening."
Then, after playing some of EVH's most iconic riffs and dissecting his mind-blowing style, Stern turned the conversation to one of his other favorite, frequent musical guests: former Van Halen frontman Hagar. He read a statement from Hagar, who famously stepped into the very big, sparkly shoes left behind by the band's original lead singer, David Lee Roth, who split the band in 1985, at which point former solo star Hagar stepped in for a multi-platinum, decade-long run.