He is the multi-platinum Red Rocker, the outgoing, bombastic front man of hard rock champions Van Halen, the man who won’t drive 55, member in good standing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, currently embarked on his fourth platinum career with his supergroup, Chickenfoot – the one and only Sammy Hagar.
Son of a steel worker and onetime professional boxer, raised in hardscrabble Fontana, California, Hagar burst on the scene from San Francisco as the lead vocalist of Montrose, whose Rock Candy has gone on to become a certified rock classic.
Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985 and took the band to unprecedented heights, including four consecutive No. 1 albums, before he was unceremoniously fired. He thrived as a solo artist with his band, the Waboritas, named after the Mexican resort he founded, the Cabo Wabo Cantina, home of the handmade, premium Cabo Wabo Tequila that Hagar oversaw from the first spoonful. In 2004 he returned to Van Halen to lead a triumphant reunion tour.
Hagar has played with a succession of acclaimed guitar players Ronnie Montrose, Neal Schon, Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani and his songs have been covered by Bette Midler and Rick Springfield, whose 1981 Top Ten hit, I’ve Done Everything For You, was written by Hagar.
"The first time I got turned onto Monster Cable was back when I was doing the Red Voodoo record in 1999, and some engineer rewired everything with Monster Cable - the mics, our guitars, the speaker cords, you know - everything. And man, it was awesome, and I've never changed since then."
- Sammy Hagar