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Sammy Hagar offered up some advice for fans still mourning the death of Eddie Van Halen.

The Red Rocker was in the middle of rehearsals for the filming of his new Birthday Bash 2020 PPV when he learned Van Halen passed away following a battle with cancer. In a new interview with Jim O’Brien from WCSX’s Big Jim’s House, when asked what he would say to fans still reeling from EVH’s death, he said, “Realize that we are mortal human beings. We are all going to die. It’s just, you know a matter of time, but the music will live forever.”

He continued, “When I was playing the song ‘Right Now’ during the pay-per-view and I asked everyone in the boats to stop beeping their horns and have a moment of silence for Eddie, and then the piano part came in for ‘Right Now,’ after that, the lights went off in my head. This song is immortal. It lives forever; we don’t. And that helped me come to terms with it. And I sang that song like I’ve never sung it in my life.”

Hagar added, “It’s tough. I’m still coming to grips with it. I’m just so happy he and I reconnected at the beginning of this year. We didn’t make it public because we didn’t want it that way. But if that wouldn’t have happened, I’d still be in deep mourning. I wouldn’t be able to do this interview. But I came to peace with everything. Like I said, the music lives on, and I’ll play those songs for the rest of my life.”

Hagar’s Birthday Bash 2020 PPV takes place Saturday, October 17 at 9 PM ET. Complete details for the concert can be found on

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