Sammy Hagar Biography
Sammy Hagar, popular in the early- mid 1980's for fast paced, guitar-driven, hard pop-rock with a masculine, lets-go-party attitude, joined the band Van Halen as lead vocalist after David Lee Roth's departure from the group. (Before joining Van Halen he sang lead vocals in Ronnie Montrose's classic rock band Montrose.) As much as it was public surprise when Hagar joined the band, so it was when he left. Sammy Hagar now peddles his own line of high-quality "Cabo Wabo" tequila. In the Spring of 2007, Hagar sold his stake in Cabo Wabo tequila to an Italian beverage company for a reported $80 million. Hagar, now a sort of modern-day Jimmy Buffett, has earned his place in rock n roll history as one of pop-hard-rock's premier front men who not only has an ample, strong, belting vocal range with soulful melody and tone, but his duality as a formidible lead guitarist and guitar-riff-monger puts him in a league shared with few others in terms of versatility and overall right to rock. He now tours with Mike Anthony former bassist for Van Halen. He resides with his family in Mill Valley, CA. Best Sportsmanship View Full-Size Photo by Peter Kramer / Getty Images The award goes to Sammy Hagar and Mike Anthony for being gentlemen about being snubbed by their former Van Halen band mates. They weren't invited to participate in the band's reunion tour, and they were the band's sole representatives at VH's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. They handled both with good humor and professionalism. Hagar is currently developing a side project called "Chickenfoot" with Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Joe Satriani, which will include a yet unnamed studio album release. Hagar has said the band has written 8 or 9 songs that sound like Led Zeppelin. The Supergroup plans to record an album in September and release it before the end of the year. Hagar also released new singles entitled "Open" and "I'm on a Roll" via digital providers. Sammy Hagar is also known as the Red Rocker, due to the fact he almost always wears red shirts or plays a red guitar.