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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.

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Sammy Hagar Says the Van Halen Brothers ‘Haven’t Made an Effort to Be Friendly’

Recent rumors have Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony returning to the Van Halen lineup in time for a 2017 tour — but Hagar says his icy relationship with the Van Halen brothers hasn't thawed.

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T.J. River / Kampaign PR

Sammy Hagar Announces New ‘When the Party Started’ Solo Compilation

Sammy Hagar has selected some personal highlights from his post-Van Halen solo career for a new compilation he's calling This Is Sammy Hagar Vol. 1 — When the Party Started.

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Bill McCay, Getty Images

Top 10 Post-Van Halen Sammy Hagar Songs

Anybody expecting Sammy Hagar to quietly fade away after his unceremonious 1996 dismissal from Van Halen was in for a big surprise.

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Ethan Miller / Mike Coppola / Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Says U.S. Has ‘Never Had Two Less Likable Candidates’

While Sammy Hagar finds both presidential hopefuls lacking, he says their candidacy will bring about something important in the U.S.

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Larry Marano (2) / Frazer Harrison / Ethan Miller (2), Getty Images

Should Van Halen Reunite with Sammy Hagar? Our Writers Answer Five Big Questions

Sammy Hagar has said he's sorry. Now, we have our say on how a reunion with Van Halen might happen – and whether it should.

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Sammy Hagar to Van Halen: ‘I’m Sorry’

Sammy Hagar apologies for the bad things he's said about Van Halen since his departure from the group.

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Jill Trunnell
Jill Trunnell

Watch Sammy Hagar Belt Out ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ With Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has been a regular guest at Sammy Hagar's birthday bash, and even wrote a chart-topping country hit while hanging out by the former Van Halen frontman's pool.

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Full Moon / Epic / Asylum

35 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath and More Appear on ‘Heavy Metal’ Soundtrack

Back in the ‘70s, heavy metal wasn’t just a genre of music.

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Cabo Wabo Music
Cabo Wabo Music

10 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Gets His Jimmy Buffett On With ‘Livin’ It Up’

Sammy Hagar has never been the kind of guy to hide his feelings.

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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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