Watch SAMMY HAGAR And MICHAEL ANTHONY Perform ‘Right Now’ As Tribute To EDDIE VAN HALEN
Written by megarock on October 12, 2020
Former VAN HALEN members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen on Thursday (October 8) at Hagar‘s annual birthday bash, which was moved to Catalina Island in California due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to launching into a rendition of the VAN HALEN classic “Right Now” with the rest of THE CIRCLE band, Hagar led the audience in a moment of silence as they stood quietly for 20 seconds in memory of the late guitarist, who died on on Tuesday (October 6) at the age of 65 following a long cancer battle.
“We’re about to do a very special song that means a lot to Michael Anthony and myself,” Sammy told the crowd. “So I would like to ask for just a quick moment of silence, please. And you know why.”
Check out video footage of the performance below (courtesy of YouTube user “Trojanvitty”).
A day earlier, Hagar and Anthony filmed a short video message in which they talked about Van Halen’s passing.
“For Mike and I, it was just like getting hit by a freaking Mack truck,” Sammy said about learning of Eddie‘s death. “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.”
Anthony added: “It was hard. It’s very surreal right now. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Hagar continued: “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.”
Anthony said: “We have the music, if nothing else.”