Sammy Hagar on music, life and why he doesn’t wear red

Sammy Hagar is energy incarnate.

That’s the only way to properly explain all that this Salinas native has been able to accomplish in his 70 years.

Of course, most of us know about Hagar for his music career. The vocalist-guitarist first came to fame as a member of Montrose in the early ‘70s, appearing on the Bay Area hard-rock band’s first two albums before embarking on his own solo career with the 1976 debut “Nine on a Ten Scale.”

By the early ‘80s, Hagar was a huge solo star, standing on the back of such now-classic songs as “There’s Only One Way to Rock” and “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” as well as the gold/platinum-selling albums “Standing Hampton” and “Three Lock Box.”

He’d then join one of the biggest bands on the planet — Van Halen — replacing original vocalist David Lee Roth. The new act, nicknamed “Van Hagar” or “Sam Halen” by many, released four multi-platinum studio albums before splitting company in the mid-‘90s. (There was a somewhat brief reunion a decade later).

Since then, Hagar has led a number of other acts, including the Waboritas, Planet Us, Chickenfoot and, most recently, the Circle, a new supergroup featuring former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham.

He also hit No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List with the autobiography “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock” in 2011 and created a tequila empire with his Cabo Wabo brand. After selling Cabo Wabo, for a reported $80 million, he’d switch spirits and start pedaling Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.

He’s also heavily involved in charity work and created the Hagar Family Foundation with his wife Kari in 2008. He also is organizer and host of the annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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