Sammy Hagar

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Sammy Hagar
Sammy Hagar
Hagar live at the Moondance Jam on July 10, 2008
Background info
Full name Samuel Roy Hagar
Also known as The Red Rocker
Birthday/Birthplace (1947-10-13) October 13, 1947
Salinas, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Hard rock, heavy metal
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Active Years 1967–present
Record Labels
  • Capitol
  • Geffen
  • MCA
  • Cabo Wabo Music
  • Beyond Music
  • Loud & Proud
  • Roadrunner
  • Silverline Records
  • earMUSIC
Worked with
  • Montrose
  • Van Halen
  • HSAS
  • Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas
  • The Other Half
  • Los Tres Gusanos
  • Planet Us
  • Chickenfoot
  • The Circle
Official Website

Samuel Roy Hagar (Monterey, California, October 13, 1947), better known as Sammy Hagar , is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of Van Halen and, in the early 1970s, of the rock band Montrose. Cousin of the musician Ken Tamplin. He is currently the lead singer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot. He is ranked 12th in the list of the 100 best Metal vocalists of all time.

Sammy Hagar’s Biography


After a brief career as a boxer, following in the footsteps of his father, Sammy became interested in the burgeoning music scene in Southern California, forming his first band, The Faboulous Catillas, and was also known in one of the other bands. pre-Montrose as Skinny, Sammy Hagar Band, Justice Brothers, Dustcloud, Cotton, Jimmy and Manhole.

Montrose (1973-1975)

The biggest success of his career until then would come hand in hand with the group Montrose in their debut albums Montrose (1973) and Paper Money (1974), including the song composed by Hagar himself “Bad Motor Scooter” . After disagreements with founder Ronnie Montrose during a European tour, Sammy left the group along with bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi in 1977.

Solo (1976-1984)

Hagar then began an ascending career of solo success. After a moderate success on Capitol Records with albums like Nine on a Ten Scale (1976) that included the hit song “Red”, Hagar sought the collaboration of his friend and former Justice Brothers colleague David Lauser as a drummer. With the switch to Geffen Records, he enjoyed hits like “Heavy Metal”, “Three Lock Box” and his perhaps better known “I Can not Drive 55”, a protest against the federal limitation of driving at more than 55 miles per hour (88km / h) on US highways (the law was later amended and finally abolished, so the song was changed to 65). This song appeared in the movie Back to the Future Part 2. During this period he recorded eight studio albums: Nine on a Ten Scale (1976), Sammy Hagar (1977), Musical Chairs (1977), Street Machine (1979), Danger Zone (1980), Standing Hampton (1981), Three Lock Box (1982) and VOA (1984). Two of them became gold discs and two became platinum discs.

The continued appearance during this period of Sammy wearing red clothes in his videos made him known as the red rocker.

Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (1984)

In 1983-84 Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon formed the HSAS supergroup (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve) along with ex-Foghat bassist Kenny Aaronson and ex-Santana drummer Michael Shrieve.

HSAS gave a small Christmas charity tour and released an album called Through The Fire. This project had a short life. A particular theme, a version of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” received a remarkable diffusion, obtaining the position No. 94 of the lists of singles Billboard.

Van Halen (1985-1996)

Hagar with Van Halen, 2004

After separating the roads with the popular vocalist David Lee Roth, the other members of Van Halen contacted many musicians to find a vocalist. Thanks to Eddie’s appreciation for Montrose, they heard and quickly granted Hagar the vacancy.

With Sammy in front, Van Halen produced 4 “platinums”, numbers 1 on the Billboard charts: 5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance (it is worth mentioning that in the time of Roth, Van Halen only had a number 1 with “Jump”). Even so, the problems ended up coming to an end, coming to an end in 1996. Hagar did not agree to record two more tracks on the soundtrack of the movie Twister. Sammy opposed the release of a greatest hits album at that point in the band’s career. To these two events was added the hiring of manager Ray Danniels, after the death of Ed Leffler. To make matters worse, Eddie Van Halen started working with David Lee Roth and recorded two new songs that would end up being included in the Best of Volumecompilation. When the band’s collaboration with Roth ended, the members of Van Halen opted to hire the singer Gary Cherone, vocalist of the group Extreme, also managed by the aforementioned Ray Danniels.

Soloist again and Planet Us (1996-2002)

Determined to resurrect his career, Hagar began producing new solo works after leaving Van Halen in 1996. He promoted his new solo band called The Waboritas, counting again with David Lauser on drums, as well as the ex-keyboard player Jesse Harms and new guitarist Vic Johnson ex-Busboys and bassist Mona Gnader ex-Tommy Tutone. In 2002, with Van Halen still unreformed, Hagar met guitarists Neal Schon from Journey and later with Joe Satriani to form a new project called Planet Us, along with Michael Anthony on bass and Deen Castronovo on drums. Despite having great intentions, the band only recorded two songs and played a few times before dissolving when Hagar and Anthony rejoined Van Halen.

Meeting with Van Halen (2003-2005)

Hagar in 2005.

After the successful Heavyweights of Rock tour (2003), where he shared leadership with David Lee Roth, Hagar began to remember his former colleagues from Van Halen, whom he ended up calling at the end of 2003 through a mutual friend. At the beginning of 2004, Van Halen along with Sammy Hagar announced themselves to the great public culminating with an anticipated summery tour and a double CD titled The Best of Both Worlds, including three new songs of Van Halen interpreted by Sammy Hagar.

The following tour concerts brought more problems, especially when Eddie Van Halen fell into alcohol abuse, with the unfortunate end to the show in Tucson, Arizona when the concert ended, in which Eddie stamped his guitar against the stage throwing splinters at the public. This caused the tension to rise behind the stage and the possibilities of recording a new album to be frustrated.

Sammy and The Waboritas (2006-present)

In 2005 Hagar continued playing with the Waboritas and toured the Atlantic coast and the Midwest, adding bassist Michael Anthony, calling the band The Three Worms. In August of that year, Hagar started a new mini-tour starting at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan.

Chickenfoot (2009-present)

In 2009 he released the album Chickenfoot with the supergroup of the same name, formed by bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer, Chad Smith. A second Chickenfoot album was released in 2011 with the name Chickenfoot III.

He launched his autobiography entitled Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, which has reached number 1 bestsellers in The New York Times Best Seller list.

Sammy Hagar Net Worth – $120 Million

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