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Sammy Hagar

After spending several years as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the mid-'70s hard rock band Montrose, Sammy Hagar began a solo career that produced several hits and made him an album rock favorite. Hagar became a true star once he joined Van Halen in 1985, but he'd been a popular hard rocker ever since his first album with Montrose.

After giving up a boxing career, Hagar began singing in the late '60s, performing with various California bands including Skinny, the Fabulous Catillas, Justice Brothers, and Dust Cloud. During this time, he built up a solid reputation in the California hard rock scene. Former Edgar Winter guitarist Ronnie Montrose asked Hagar to join his band, Montrose, in 1973. Hagar recorded two albums with Montrose before going solo in 1976, taking the group's bassist, Bill Church, with him. Montrose's drummer Denny Carmassi later joined Hagar's band, along with keyboardist Geoff Workman.

Hagar's self-titled "red album" was his first chart entry; it eventually went gold. In 1979, he created a new supporting band featuring Workman, Church, guitarist Gary Pihl, and drummer Chuck Ruff. This lineup played on Hagar's most popular solo album, 1981's platinum Standing Hampton, plus 1982's gold Three Lock Box with only one member missing -- drummer Ruff was replaced by David Lauser. After Three Lock Box and its number 13 hit single "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy," Hagar played several shows with guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Mike Shrieve; the group recorded a live album under the name Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (HSAS), as well as a studio version of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale." His 1984 album VOA contained the hit single "I Can't Drive 55," which peaked at number 26.

In 1985, Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen; his first album with the group was 1986's 5150. Hagar released his last solo album in 1987; the record was coined I Never Said Goodbye in an MTV contest. Hagar stayed with Van Halen throughout the remainder of the '80s and half of the '90s. During that time, the band had four other multi-platinum albums -- OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993), and Balance (1995) -- before tensions began to surface between Hagar and the rest of the band.

In the summer of 1996, Hagar either quit Van Halen or was fired; the band had Roth return to sing two tracks on Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 before hiring former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone as Hagar's replacement. The entire incident became a media sensation, ensuring that Hagar's 1997 solo album Marching to Mars -- his first in ten years -- would be greeted with much media-generated fanfare. It sold surprisingly well, peaking in the Top 20 and re-establishing Hagar as a viable solo act. With a backing band called the Waboritas in tow (consisting of guitarist Vic Johnson, keyboardist Jesse Harms, bassist Mona, and drummer David Lauser), Hagar followed the success with Red Voodoo two years later; it too sold very respectably on the strength of the single "Mas Tequila," just missing the Top 20.

Hagar's resurgence continued with 2000's Ten 13. Not 4 Sale arrived in 2003, followed by his first live album in 20 years, Live: Hallelujah. Livin' It Up! was released in 2006, while VOA was reissued the following year in deluxe format, courtesy of the newly launched American Beat Records. In 2008 Hagar released Cosmic Universal Fashion, his 11th solo album and first for Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud Records. That same year, he debuted a new band, Chickenfoot, after jamming with Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The supergroup released its self-titled debut album in 2009. The debut went gold, which was good enough to guarantee a 2011 sequel called Chickenfoot III (despite its joking title, this was indeed their sophomore set). Hagar didn't abandon his Chickenfoot brothers for the 2013 album Sammy Hagar & Friends; each member, along with several other kindred spirits, showed up on this party-hearty 2013 LP. 2014's Lite Roast saw the tireless Hagar and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson gently tearing through some coffeehouse-ready versions of Hagar classics, while 2015 saw the release of the live album At Your Service, the first album to be released under the moniker Sammy Hagar & The Circle, his newest touring incarnation featuring Michael Anthony on bass, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lite Roast

1. Red Voodoo

2. One Sip

3. Finish What Ya Started

4. Eagles Fly

5. The Love

6. Father Sun

7. Dreams

8. Deeper Kinda Love

9. Who Has The Right?

10. Sailin'

11. Halfway To Memphis

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Track List: The Essential Red Collection

1. Bad Motor Scooter

2. Thinking Of You

3. Call My Name

4. Red

5. I've Done Everything For You

6. Heavy Metal

7. I'll Fall In Love Again

8. There's Only One Way To Rock

9. Fast Times At Ridgemont High

10. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy

11. Two Sides Of Love

12. I Can't Drive 55

13. The Girl Gets Around

14. Winner Takes It All

15. Give To Live

16. Eagles Fly

17. High Hopes

18. Little White Lie

19. Marching To Mars

20. Mas Tequila

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Track List: Hallelujah (Live)

1. Shaka Doobie (Live)

2. Three Lock Box (Live)

3. There's Only One Way To Rock (Live)

4. Give To Live (Live)

5. Top Of The World (Live)

6. Deeper Kinda Love (Live)

7. Why Can't This Be Love (Live)

8. Eagles Fly (Live)

9. Little White Lie (Live)

10. Rock Candy (Live)

11. I Can't Drive 55 (Live)

12. Mas Tequila (Live)

13. Heavy Metal (Live)

14. When Its Love (Live)

15. Right Now (Live)

16. Dreams (Live)

17. Hallelujah (Live)

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Track List: Not 4 Sale

1. Stand Up

2. Hallelujah

3. Halfway To Memphis

4. Things've Changed

5. Whole Lotta Zep

6. The Big Nail

7. Make It Alright

8. Not 4 Sale

9. The Big Square Inch

10. Karma Wheel

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Track List: Ten 13

1. Shaka Doobie (The Limit)

2. Let Sally Drive

3. Serious Juju

4. The Message

5. Deeper Kinda Love

6. Little Bit More

7. Ten 13

8. Protection

9. 3 In The Middle

10. The Real Deal

11. Tropic Of Capricorn

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Track List: Red Voodoo

1. Mas Tequila

2. Shag

3. Sympathy For The Human

4. Red Voodoo

5. Lay Your Hand On Me

6. High And Dry Again

7. The Revival

8. Don't Fight It (Feel It)

9. The Love

10. Right On Right (Live)

11. Returning Of The Wish

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Track List: Turn Up The Music

1. Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)

2. Plain Jane

3. Iceman

4. Run For Your Life

5. I've Done Everything For You

6. Rock 'n' Roll Weekend

7. Turn Up The Music

8. Urban Guerrila

9. Love Or Money

10. Reckless

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Track List: Unboxed

1. High Hopes

2. Buying My Way To Heaven

3. I'll Fall In Love Again

4. There's Only One Way To Rock

5. Heavy Metal

6. Eagles Fly

7. Baby's On Fire

8. Three Lock Box

9. Two Sides Of Love

10. I Can't Drive 55

11. Give To Live

12. I Don't Need Love

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Track List: VOA

1. I Can't Drive 55

2. Swept Away

3. Rock Is In My Blood

4. Two Sides Of Love

5. Dick In The Dirt

6. VOA

7. Don't Make Me Wait

8. Burnin' Down The City

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Track List: Standing Hampton

1. I'll Fall In Love Again

2. There's Only One Way To Rock

3. Baby's On Fire

4. Can't Get Loose

5. Heavy Metal

6. Baby It's You

7. Surrender

8. Inside Lookin' In

9. Sweet Hitchhiker

10. Piece Of My Heart

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Track List: Street Machine

1. Growing Pains

2. Child To Man

3. Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)

4. Feels Like Love

5. Plain Jane

6. Never Say Die

7. This Planets On Fire (Burn In Hell)

8. Wounded In Love

9. Falling In Love

10. Straight To The Top

11. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

12. I've Done Everything For You

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Track List: I Never Said Goodbye

1. When the Hammer Falls

2. Hands and Knees

3. Give to Live

4. Boys' Night Out

5. Returning Home

6. Standin' at the Same Old Crossroads

7. Privacy

8. Back Into You

9. Eagles Fly

10. What They Gonna Say Now

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Track List: Marching To Mars

1. Little White Lie

2. Salvation On Sand Hill

3. Who Has The Right?

4. Would You Do It For Free?

5. Leaving The Warmth Of The Womb

6. Kama

7. On The Other Hand

8. Both Sides Now

9. The Yogi's So High (I'm Stoned)

10. Amnesty Is Granted

11. Marching To Mars

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Why does he have a margarita in a martini glass?
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Sammy rules !!
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Get on your bad motor scooter and ride
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Bad azz
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another 5150 please!
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I've been to Sammy's bar down in Cabo on more than one occasion. Put it on your bucket list it's worth it!
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jamieb12871
Always loved this...SAMMY BN SAMMY
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kalinaja
I'm gonna throw ur a** in the city joint
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Even as accomplished and successful as he has been, I think he is under-apprec i a t e d . What a talent! What a performer. Fun guy!
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Lots of memories growing up with his music. Now 42 and still brings me back. Love Sammy Hagar!
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Lovin' me LOTS of that Red Rocker!! Helluva Front man, musician & seems like a 'nice' guy!!

There IS only ONE Way to ROCK!!
LOL

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Where the F@@@ is Three lock Box in the album line up??
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Was at his birthday party in Cabo in '95. Boy, can he down some tequila! Anyway, I thought I was tall 'til I was standing next to Pihl!
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This guy can put on a show saw him at the rose city music center in Huber heights Ohio awesome ROCK ON !!!!
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I was first to the red rocker when i bought the album of Montrose in 78, been a huge fan since. Keep rockin sammy!
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Crank up my Les Paul in your face!
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ewrediske
Standing Hampton, Three Lock Box and I Never Said Goodbye were in my tape deck so much growing up that I literally wore out and shreded the tapes playing them. There is much of Sammy's music in the soundtrack of my youth, it frightens me (in a good way)! :)
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Sammy Hager will be doing a TV show called Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hager. It airs on Sunday's on AXS TV at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
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been sammyin since 74,..ridin my bike with the dynamite 8 track strapped to the handlebars,. . b l a s t t i n ROCK THE NATION!!!
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This is my fav Sammy song!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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I LOVE YOUR MUSIC! AND ID DO YOU IN A HEART BEAT
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Fkn Aye
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jjincbus
John & April +1 more. First saw Sammy at Cleveland Music Hall on April 16, 1982. I will never forget that show. Aldo Nova opened, Then Sammy came on stage and opened with Heavy Metal and blew the house apart! By far the single loudest show I have ever been to. When Sammy came out for his first encore he ran his finger across the floor a said What's this s**t? Cocaine? They were shaking the plaster off the ceiling!
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Lovin it...
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Sammy Hagar's Rock N' Roll Road Trip on AXS TV next month!?!
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Sammy Hagar is a true rock and roll hero
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Agreed John K Mueller.. F**kin Fact!
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I Definitely Can't Drive 55.. Saw Sammy b4 he went with VH he put on a 3 hr concert after Krokus opened 4 him. He def tore up the stage, but in a bright yellow spandex jumpsuit that was a lil 2 much. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Once Sammy joined van halen it should have been called van Hagar
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Nothing but respect for the Sam the Man!
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There's only one way to rock and his name is Sammy Hagar!
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dcurtis166
Rematch album is awesome!! Saw Sammy in 1980 with Ted Nugent. Sammy rocked. Still one of the best voices in rock ever.
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I SO disagree with the statement that he became a true rock star once he joined Van Halen. Sammy earned his rock star status long before he joined VH. He is an amazing song writer and musician an when he joined VH back in the 80s (as far as I'm concerned) saved the band. He brought an element of energy the band previously didn't have and both parties benefited from it. I saw them @ Alpine Valley and they rocked the house. Sammy continues to amaze me including the last time I saw him.
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There's only one way to rock and his name is the red Rocker!!!
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bradfalls72
There is not an entertainer out there that has more fun than the Red Rocker. Despite anyone that says otherwise, no one could have pulled off 5150 better after Van Halen's 1984. I still go back and watch Live Without A Net. That was 4 guys having a blast! At 68, Sammy can bring it any night if the week.
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whatever happened to 2 sides of love ? one of sammys best !
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Two Sides Of Luv...Great song. Luv Sammy, he put on a great concert solo, an with Van Hallen. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Standing Hampton a very underrated album
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Listening to I don't need love by Sammy Hagar. What a kick a** song and so much fun to play on the guitar!!!
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I can't drive 65 bring back 75 California!! !
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Looks like the closest he gets to my neck of the woods this year is in Nevada....Hm m m m . . . S a m m y , gambling and drinking all at the same time sounds good to me! Thanks jaxdawg7
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gs500e98 - saw him in Clearwater, FL last night and can confirm that still ROCKS. Awesome show to a packed house. Very cool, too - great audience interaction and the show went around 2 hours. Sammy come back to Clearwater soon, man!!!!!!!
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Holy Cow!! Sammy turns 68 this year! And he still rocks out loud..I got to get myself to Cabo...
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I saw Sam at his birthday bash in cab twice , go there once and you'll be there twice , the man is a god
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going to cabo wabo to party with Sammy is on my bucket list. might have to be soon while I can still keep up!
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I CANT DRIVE 55!!!
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there is just something about this guy that draws you in. i use to hate van Halen without Roth but it grows on you. now i everything i can get a hold of Hagars.
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