Sammy Hagar Joins The Killers Onstage for Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love”: Watch

Sammy Hagar joined The Killers onstage during the latter’s set at the Ohana Festival for a rendition of Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love.”

After bringing out Eddie Vedder for a cover of Tom Petty’s “The Waiting” earlier during the September 29th set, The Killers were joined by a much more unpredictable guest: The Red Rocker.

Considering Hagar wasn’t even on the bill for the Ohana Festival, it was extra surprising to see the one-time Van Halen frontman suddenly appear onstage for the alt-rock band’s encore.

“Is it too late to blow your minds again?” asked frontman Brandon Flowers. “It might keep you up. Sammy Hagar…”

As Hagar emerged from stage left, the band launched into Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love” — notably Hagar’s first big hit with his old band after he took over for David Lee Roth.

The Red Rocker is always down for a party and riled up the festival crowd with ease, belting out the verses and guiding Flowers through the demanding scat-vocal portion of the song. The band itself clearly practiced for the occasion and nailed the song’s precise turnarounds.

If anything, Hagar’s surprise guest appearance is some well-timed publicity ahead of the Van Halen The Collection II box set arriving Friday (October 6th). The set will house all of Hagar’s studio albums with Van Halen during the ’80s and ’90s: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995). Pre-order it on vinyl here.

Below you can watch audience footage of The Killers’ playing Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love” with Sammy Hagar, as well as Tom Petty’s “The Waiting” with Eddie Vedder.