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Sammy Hagar and Mick Fleetwood Set to Speak at SXSW

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Brian Killian / Larry Marano, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and Mick Fleetwood have joined the speakers roster at next month’s SXSW that also features former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Nile Rodgers and Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s, among others.

Fleetwood will speak from 5-6PM on March 15 in Room 16AB of the Austin Convention Center. He’s launching a limited-edition new memoir called Love That Burns: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac: Vol. 1, which covers the band’s formative years. Only 2,000 numbered copies will be released, all signed by the drummer.

Hagar, meanwhile, is expected to discuss a career featuring stops with Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot, as well as his work as a businessman and philanthropist. His talk is set for 2-3PM on March 16 in the same room of the convention center as Fleetwood’s talk the day before.

They’re part of a diverse group of speakers scheduled for this year’s festival, held March 10-19 in Austin. Also featured: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, pop singer Kesha, Sen. Cory Booker and Julia-Louis Dreyfus. SXSW’s music panel discussions include topics like “The New Deal: Why Brands Will Buy Artists Airtime,” “How Your Journey Can Grow Your Platform” and “Will the Real Producers Please Stand Up?”

Novoselic, who speaks on March 14, is now a board member with FairVote, a nonprofit group that increases participation in democracy. He was SXSW’s keynote speaker in 1996. Rodgers’ talk is set for March 15; Wilson is scheduled for March 17.

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