Sammy Hagar

  • Hard rock/heavy metal singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in 1947 from Salinas California.
  • As a teenager, he became interested in music, and at 14, he started his first band, The Fabulous Castilles. He played guitar and sang vocals with several bands. In 1973, he joined the band Montrose and sang lead vocals on their first 2 albums. The group released 3 singles while Hagar was with them, but none of them charted.
  • In 1976, he started a solo career. He released 8 studio albums between 1976 and 1984. Two of them – Standing Hampton in 1981 and VOA in 1984 were certified platinum. Songs that broke into the top 10 on the Hot Rock chart were I’ll Fall In Love Again, Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Remember the Heroes, and I Can’t Drive 55. 
  • In 1985, the group Van Halen had had enough of David Lee Roth as their lead vocalist. The band dumped Roth, and hired Hagar to be their frontman. He remained with the band until 1996. During this time, Van Halen released 4 multi-platinum albums, all of which topped the Billboard 200 album chart. Nine singles topped the Hot Rock chart, with 2 songs in the top 5 of the Hot 100 chart – Why Can’t This Be Love and When It’s Love. This is when 80s power ballads were in their heyday – and Hagar’s vocals were a big part of the success.
  • While with Van Halen, Hagar had one solo album released in 1987, I Never Said Goodbye. It was recorded in 10 days, as Hagar had a contractual commitment to his record label prior to joining Van Halen. The single Give To Live made it to #1 on the Hot Rock chart.
  • After leaving Van Halen, Hagar went back to solo recording and touring. He released 8 studio albums between 1997 and 2014. Early during this period, a few songs managed to chart highly – High Hopes, Marching to Mars, Little White Lie and Mas Tequila all were top 5 Hot Rock songs. His backup band during this period was known as The Waboritas, often referred to as The Wabos. The name is in reference to the nightclub and restaurant that Hagar owns in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, called Cabo Wabo Cantina.
  • Hagar also has some musical side projects. In 2002, he joined with Neal Schon from Journey and Joe Satriani to form Planet Us. In 2008, he collaborated with 3 other artists to form the band Chickenfoot, which released 2 albums. And, in 2014, he joined with 3 others to create The Circle, going on tour and releasing a live album of songs originally done by Hagar, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin.
  • From 2003 to 2005, Hagar reunited with Van Halen, going on a tour with them, and releasing 3 new Van Halen tracks on a greatest hits compilation. There had been plenty of tensions in the group with Hagar left in 1996, and they quickly resurfaced during the tour, eliminating any hope of further work together.
  • In addition to his bar in Mexico, Hagar owns another bar with the same name in Lake Tahoe Nevada. He also marketed a premium tequila, using the Cabo Wabo name. He sold 80% of the business in 2017 and the remaining portion in 2010, for a total of $91 million.
  • In 2011, he published an autobiography, titled Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock. “Red” refers to his nickname “The Red Rocker,” thanks to his ruddy complexion. The book was #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for non-fiction.
  • In 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
  • Sammy Hagar was a force in 80s hard rock and power ballads. MTV fans loved him. Watch his video I Can’t Drive 55. Perfect red hair for the hair band era!

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