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Three Minutes With…Sammy Hagar

Depending on what demographic you fall into, he’s either the singer for the band Montrose, the guy with “one foot on the brake, and one on the gas” who couldn’t “Drive 55”, or the one who replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen. He’s also the co-owner of the Cabo Wabo Cantina chain and formerly the purveyor of Cabo Wabo Tequila. He’s also a philanthropist, but more about that in a moment. The Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, did a round with the Sack o’ Questions before he played a “surprise” unannounced gig at the Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip at the end of July.


Okay Sammy, reach in and grab your question.
<while reaching into the Sack o’ Questions> I want to see ’em all – I think it’s rigged!
Totally not!

What is the most memorable point in your career? Good, bad, or both.
Oh boy, that’s tough! The first thing that comes to mind is Van Halen just because everyone was so against it, everyone said “Oh, this is not gonna work…” and we knew it would, and the whole thing was such a huge success, that’s very memorable. But if I could cheat, I gotta say that when I went into the studio in 1972 with Montrose, for my first record ever. I had never written any songs in my life but  I wrote “Bad Motor Scooter”, “One Thing on My Mind”, “Make It Last” and  “I Don’t Want It” – four of the songs on that record. That was so memorable. When I went into the studio with Ted Templeman, big-time producer, and we got a big record advance, and all of a sudden it was like I was a star overnight. I’ll never forget that. I was scared to death! But, it didn’t have the success of the Van Halen, so you pick whichever you want….

I think both are pretty iconic!
Quite honestly, damn near every night of my life has been pretty memorable!

Okay, now you can plug whatever you’ve got going on….
 Oh, I have nothing to plug. I just wanna say that one of the biggest missions in life is to take care of kids and families that can’t take care of themselves, so that’s the only thing that I’m plugging. With my extra money, which there’s plenty of, by the way, and not bragging, it’s a good thing, we started The Hagar Family Foundation. I support children, terminally ill children, and their families who have run out of money, hocked their houses and everything, and their kids are still terminally ill. Whaddya gonna do? So, I believe that people like that – that’s my big mission.

That’s awesome! Is there a website or anything?
No, probably not. I’m not into it like that. Y’know, it’s a big deal for me, I work with Emeril Lagasse, and some of his foundations, he helps kids too.  I just want to help kids have a better life, and just ensure that they even get a chance, that’s all I’m really trying to plug, because everyone should do that. I’m only plugging it because if you do it in your backyard, everyone can do that. There’s people in your hometown that need help. Don’t help some kids in Africa – not that I don’t want to! – help your neighbors first, and his neighbor, and when you get to Africa, help them too! Everyone should help in their own way. That’s my new philosophy. That’s what I’m plugging!

 For all the latest on Sammy and his pursuits visit his official website or hit him up on Facebook.

Side note to Sammy – I’ll come “run things”, just have your people call my people and they can take a meeting!

A super huge THANK YOU goes out to Leslie and Beth at Wicked for making this happen! 

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Chickenfoot Concert Photos – Boston, MA & Hampton Beach, NH

August 24, 2009
Boston, MA
Photos by Mary Ouellette

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August 23, 2009
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
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Sammy Hagar of Chickenfoot

August 19, 2009 by  
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cfRock heavyweights Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith released their debut album under their quirky moniker Chickenfoot in early June.  Debuting at #4 the album is already a success but don’t label these guys a “super group” because they’ll prove you wrong.

Super groups, notorious for being put together in a boardroom and never lasting longer than an album are usually fueled by the industry.  According to Hagar, Chickenfoot is fueled by the foursome’s passion for what they do.

The band took a very organic approach to pulling it all together and weren’t even sure how far they would pursue things, they were just having fun and enjoyed playing together.  Before they knew it, they were a bonafide band and recording their debut album.

The Red Rocker himself took some time to talk to us about Chickenfoot, the dynamic of the four of them together and how it all fell into place.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | August  2009
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Chickenfoot debuts video for “Oh Yeah”

June 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Chickenfoot’s album dropped on Tuesday.  They’ve since released their video for “Oh Yeah” check it out below:

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Chickenfoot recently announced their NA Tour dates starting in August so check out their website for full details.


May 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, New England Music

The Middleast – Cambridge, MA
May 26, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

In preparation for their self-titled debut cd that drops on June 9th, the red-headed stepchild of all supergroups known simply as Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith) packed it up and hit the road for a test drive.  Booking a nine show run and  playing their new songs live for the first time in some of the smallest venues in each city; it was an intimate event and not an easy ticket to get.
Seeing the four rock superstars crammed on the modest stage at The Middleast was quite a sight to behold.  Hagar’s first words to the crowd were “My hotel room is bigger than this place, and you’re all invited there after the show!” Clearly enjoying themselves the band reeled through their album track by track with some of the best sound I’ve ever heard in that club.  Of course it should be mentioned that the band brought their own board – they don’t eff around!

From “Avenida Revolution” to “Soap on a Rope” you’d never know that this album hasn’t even been released yet.  The first few rows kept up with Sammy line for line, that’s some serious dedication.  While Sammy’s big personality is hard to contain, he definitely let guitar god Joe Satriani take center stage a time or two to play his guitar solos with his…mouth.  (Show-off!)  Sadly, Chad Smith was tucked a bit in the back but he kept reminding everyone he was there with his one-liners between songs.  Michael Anthony made his presence known as well and all in all their personalities seemed to balance each other out and more importantly they genuinely looked like they were having fun!  I guess with a name like Chickenfoot you have to have a good sense of humor.


Sammy Hagar & Chickenfoot Live

Making their way through the entire cd, some of the highlights came towards the end of the night with “The Future’s in the Past” which served as the last Chickenfoot song of the evening and definitely my favorite.  That was the pre-curser to Sammy’s “Bad Motor Scooter” and a cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” that wrapped up the night.

The band was oozing a party vibe throughout the entire show and there wasn’t much down time.  Hagar was hanging from the rafters and high fiving any hand within reaching distance.  I guess you’re never too old to rock, if you’ve got it, you’ve got it…and I think that everyone who walked out of that sweaty mess of a show that night wanted to do it all over again!

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Streaming Chickenfoot

May 11, 2009 by  
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Supergroup Chickenfoot’s album will drop on June 9th but for a preview you can check out some of the tracks here.