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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.

Van Halen Queens of the Stone Age Summer Song Battle

Van Halen, ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's "Summer Nights" lines up against "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" by Queens of the Stone Age in the first round of our Greatest Summer Song battle

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

11 Years Ago: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar Reunite for Three New ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Tracks

Van Halen reunited with Sammy Hagar for three new songs in 2004, then mounted a tour that would cause an irreparable rift.

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Sammy Hagar Plays Bar After Festival Gets Canceled

Sammy Hagar didn't let a torrential downpour stop him from rocking when he set up in a bar after his festival gig got canceled.

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YouTube
YouTube

Sammy Hagar Reveals Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Mystery Lick’ on ‘I Never Said Goodbye’

When Sammy Hagar entered the studio to record what he thought would be the contract-fulfilling closing chapter of his solo career with 1987's I Never Said Goodbye LP, he brought along his new Van Halen bandmate Eddie Van Halen to play bass and co-produce.

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Geffen
Geffen

28 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Releases (What He Thought Was) His Last Solo Album

With help on bass from Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar bid farewell to his solo career - or so he thought.

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Capitol
Capitol

35 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Enters the ‘Danger Zone’

Sammy Hagar ended his time on Capitol Records with 'Danger Zone,' which was released on June 21, 1980.

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Eddie Van Halen Says Sammy Hagar’s Book ‘Was Definitely Embellished’

Eddie Van Halen took exception to depictions of his alcoholism made by Sammy Hagar.

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Larry Marano / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Defends Michael Anthony: ‘F— You, Eddie Van Halen’

Sammy Hagar launched a NSFW defense of Michael Anthony against Eddie Van Halen's remarks.

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Ray Mancini Van Halen
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How a Boxing Champion Named a Van Halen Album

Sammy Hagar explains how former boxing champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini named Van Halen's hit 1991 album, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.'

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Frank Micelotta, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen Are Trying to Prevent Him From Performing Songs They Wrote Together

Sammy Hagar's latest band, the Circle, delivers a hit-studded live show that offers classic cuts from throughout his career — but he claims Alex and Eddie Van Halen would love to prevent him from performing the songs they wrote and recorded together during his stint in Van Halen.

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