While it’s true that Sammy Hagar may not be able to drive 55, the Red Rocker and self-proclaimed “CEO of Rock” has made easy work of rocking for the past 40 years. In fact, those years are on full display in his current Four Decades of Rock tour.
In the wake of Ronnie Montrose's untimely passing, an all-star group of his friends got together to put on a show that celebrated the guitarist's contributions to rock 'n' roll. On Dec. 10, that concert is scheduled to make its home-video debut.
Aside from being one of rock's more distinctive vocalists, Sammy Hagar is a pretty decent guitarist. But for big chunks of his career, he's had the good fortune of not having to lean on his own chops. In fact, he's played with some of the genre's best axemen, including two of rock's greatest living guitarists: Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen.
After 40 years in the business, Sammy Hagar wasn't looking to discover a new way to make records. But that's exactly what he accidentally did with 'Sammy Hagar & Friends,' a collection of spontaneously recorded songs that features almost as many musical styles as guest stars.
Rock and roll never dies, but as any fan can tell you, band lineups are a lot less permanent -- and for groups that have been together for decades, such as Van Halen, the personnel shifts can be hard to keep track of. With that in mind, we've decided to take a band-by-band look at the ins and outs of some of our favorite acts' rosters, pausing to sample the music along the way.
Almost as interesting as the artists Sammy Hagar is collaborating with on his upcoming 'Sammy Hagar and Friends' album is the list of artists he couldn't find time to record with. One, Metallica's James Hetfield, turned down Hagar's invitation, but the Red Rocker says he understands why.
'Sammy Hagar & Friends' might be the most guest star-studded rock records of the fall, and Hagar has just released the video for 'Knockdown Dragout,' which features Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi, and Kid Rock.
With Sammy Hagar launching his Four Decades of Rock tour this month, we decided to take a look at his best songs from each of those 10-year spans. Shockingly, less than one-fourth of them involve automobiles in any way, shape or form.
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