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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.

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Clash of the Titans: Van Halen vs. Sammy Hagar and the Circle

The 2015 live albums from Sammy Hagar and Van Halen face off against each other in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Jason Merritt / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

David Lee Roth Says Sammy Hagar Has a ‘Credibility Issue’

David Lee Roth says he'll never perform Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen songs, and the reasons are obvious.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Promises Surprise Guest at ‘Acoustic-4-A-Cure’ Benefit Show

For the second year in a row, Sammy Hagar is uniting some of Northern California's biggest rockers to help fight pediatric cancer.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Announces ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip’ TV Series

Sammy Hagar is adding "television host" to his résumé.

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

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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Larry Marano / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield Announce 2015 Acoustic Benefit Show

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

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

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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Larry Marano, Getty Images

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

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

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