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Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar

The California-born Sammy Hagar got his start singing for Montrose in the mid-’70s. By the end of the decade, he was flying solo, until he got a call in 1985 to step into the frontman role in Van Halen, after original vocalist David Lee Roth left the band. With Hagar at the helm, Van Halen became even bigger, racking up three straight No. 1 albums during his tenure. He left the group in 1996 and resumed his solo career. Since 2009, he’s fronted Chickenfoot (the second supergroup he’s taken part in; in 1984 he formed one with Neal Schon, Kenny Aaronson and Michael Shrieve) with former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith. He now splits his time between them and leading the Waboritas with his solo act.

Michael Kovac / David Klein / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Michael Kovac / David Klein / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and Glenn Hughes Among All-Star Guests for Final Ronnie Montrose Album

Ronnie Montrose fans can look forward to one last studio album from the guitar legend — and it'll include a long list of famous names.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

20 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Splits From Van Halen

After four No. 1 studio albums and millions of records sold, Sammy Hagar's tenure with Van Halen came to an end with a single phone call on June 16, 1996.

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Capitol
Capitol

40 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Begins His Solo Career With ‘Nine on a Ten Scale’

Sammy Hagar's 'Nine on a Ten Scale' emerged after his departure from Montrose.

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Larry Marano / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield to Play 2016 ‘Acoustic-4-A-Cure’ Concert

For the third year in a row, Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield will turn out and tune down for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Ethan Miller / Larry Marano, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Downplays Van Halen Reunion Talk: ‘I Just Want to Be Friends’

Sammy Hagar discussed the conditions under which he would consider re-joining Van Halen.

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Ebet Roberts, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Ponders: What If ‘Van Hagar’ Never Broke Up?

Sammy Hagar says his first departure from Van Halen was a big mistake on the band's part.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

30 Years Ago: Van Halen Start the Sammy Hagar Era With ‘5150’

The future of Van Halen might have appeared to be in doubt after David Lee Roth left the band in 1985, but they quickly rebounded with new singer Sammy Hagar.

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Geffen Records
Geffen Records

How Sammy Hagar’s ‘Unboxed’ LP Led to Van Halen’s Split

Sammy Hagar adds two new songs to a solo-career greatest hits collection, leading to a dispute with his Van Halen bandmates.

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YouTube
YouTube

The Story of Van Halen’s Injury-Plagued ‘Balance’ Tour

Early 1995 found Van Halen heading back out on the road with a No. 1 album on the chart — but trouble was brewing.

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AXS TV
AXS TV

Sammy Hagar Plays New Song on Dan Rather’s ‘The Big Interview’

The singer debuted a song, written after a spell of family therapy, on the upcoming episode of Dan Rather's 'The Big Interview.'

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