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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.

Sammy Hagar On Van Halen’s New Live Album: ‘What the (Expletive) Are These Guys Thinking?’

Sammy Hagar Van Halen
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Sammy Hagar isn't pulling any punches when it comes to the new live album from his old band Van Halen.

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Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield Announce 2015 Acoustic Benefit Show

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Larry Marano / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield have announced their second Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit show, which will take place on May 15 in San Francisco.

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Listen to Sammy Hagar and the Circle Perform ‘Poundcake’: Exclusive Premiere

Sammy Hagar
Photo credit: Duane Sycz

On May 19, Sammy Hagar will release At Your Service, a live album culled from dates of his 2014 tour with his new band the Circle.

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29 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Plays His First Van Halen Concert

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Chris-Walter,-Getty-Images

On March 27, 1986, the city of Shreveport, La., bore witness to the very first public performance of Van Halen MKII.

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Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony + Jason Bonham Announce New Live Album

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Larry Marano, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar will release a concert recording with his new band the Circle, featuring Jason Bonham as well as former Van Halen and Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony.

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

Sammy Hagar Unboxed
Geffen

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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Sammy Hagar Launches New ‘Red Head’ Rum Flavor

Sammy's Beach Bar Rum
Sammy's Beach Bar Rum

Showing that he’s having as much success with rum as he has had with tequila, Sammy Hagar has launched a second flavor to his Sammy Beach Bar line.

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Sammy Hagar to Host Weekly Radio Show

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar is rarely at a loss for words, and now he has a new avenue for taking advantage of that gift for gab: his own weekly radio show.

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Sammy Hagar Pays Tribute to Liza Cozad-Lauser

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar has shared his grief over the death of Liza Cozad-Lauser, wife of his Wabos drummer David Lauser, in a note posted at his official site.

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Slash, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick to Appear at Carolina Rebellion Festival

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Larry Marano / Neilson Barnard / Samir Hussein, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and Cheap Trick will play the opening evening of the Carolina Rebellion Festival, held May 2 and 3 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with Slash following on the second day.

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