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Sammy Hagar

Autor(a) de Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

37+ Works 520 Membros 15 Críticas

About the Author

Sam Roy "Sammy" Hagar was born October 13, 1947 in Salinas, California. Hagar is a graduate from Fontana High School. Hagar became interested in the burgeoning Southern California music scene, fronting his first band, The Fabulous Catillas. In 1967, the duo of Hagar and Pete Samson, backed by The mostrar mais Peppermint Trolley Co., recorded and released two songs, entitled, "Reach Out To Find me" and "Read My Thoughts", on a 7" promo record under the Ranwood label. In 1968, Hagar joined his first professional group, the Johnny Fortune Band, as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Hagar's first major success, however, came from his work with the group Montrose on their debut and second albums, including the first song Hagar ever wrote, "Bad Motor Scooter". Hagar started a solo recording and touring career to increasing success. Hagar enjoyed initial moderate success on Capitol Records, with such albums as Nine on a Ten Scale and hits such as "Red", which would build as a persona and style, leading up to his given trademark nickname of "The Red Rocker". In 1983/84 Hagar and Neal Schon formed the supergroup HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve) along with former Foghat bassist Kenny Aaronson and former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve. After parting ways with vocalist David Lee Roth, the remaining members of the band Van Halen contacted many potential replacements. In July 1985, given Eddie Van Halen's appreciation of Montrose, the band auditioned and quickly hired Hagar to fill the opening. With Hagar at the front, Van Halen produced four multi-platinum, #1 Billboard charting albums: 5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and Balance, as well as many chart hits, including nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits. During Hagar's stint as Van Halen's vocalist, the band was often informally referred to by fans as "Van Hagar" as a way to distinguish the band from the previous "David Lee Roth albums". Hagar went on to produce several new solo records after the split with Van Halen in 1996. In 1999, Hagar formed a long term solo band, called The Waboritas, consisting again of David Lauser on drums, as well as former keyboardist Jesse Harms, and new to the mix was former The Bus Boys guitarist Vic Johnson, and former Tommy Tutone bassist Mona Gnader. In the summer of 2002, Roth and Hagar teamed up in the Song For Song, the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour (also known as the 'Sans-Halen' or 'Sam & Dave' Tour). In 2008, Hagar formed a "supergroup" named "Chickenfoot" with Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani. Their self-titled debut album was released in June 2009 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Music Chart. Outside of music, he is also well-known as the founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain. mostrar menos

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Obras por Sammy Hagar

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (2011) 208 exemplares
5150 [1986 Music Album] (1986) — Lead Vocals — 44 exemplares
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991) — Lead Vocals/Songwriter — 41 exemplares
Best Of – Volume I [1996 Music Album] (1996) — Lead Vocals/Songwriter — 36 exemplares
OU812 [1988 album] (1988) — Compositor — 29 exemplares
Balance [1995 album] (1995) — Lead Vocals/Songwriter — 24 exemplares
Heavy Metal: Soundtrack (1995) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Live: Right Here, Right Now [1993 Sound Recording] (1993) — Lead Vocals/Songwriter — 13 exemplares
Unboxed (1994) 10 exemplares
Why Can't This Be Love [1986 single] (1986) — Songwriter — 8 exemplares
Dreams [Sound Recording - Song] (1986) — Songwriter — 6 exemplares
Standing Hampton (1990) 5 exemplares
Three Lock Box (1990) 5 exemplares
The Essential Red Collection (2004) 5 exemplares
Love Walks In [Sound Recording - Song] (1986) — Songwriter — 4 exemplares
VOA 4 exemplares
Marching To Mars (2006) 3 exemplares
Crazy Times 2 exemplares
Loud and Clear (2010) 2 exemplares
Best of (2014) 2 exemplares
Red Voodoo 2 exemplares
Musical Chairs 1 exemplar
Livin' It Up (2015) 1 exemplar
Street Machine 1 exemplar
Ten 13 1 exemplar
Red Hot 1 exemplar
Sammy Hagar 1 exemplar
Give to live 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Footloose: Original 1984 Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Fast Times At Ridgemont High Original Movie Soundtrack (1982) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Salinas, California, USA
Locais de residência
Fontana, California, USA
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One of the more interesting rock autobiographies I've read. What a life dude has led.
mindatlarge | 14 outras críticas | Jun 28, 2022 |
As rock star biographies go, gotta say I think this one was better than most, simply because Hagar's voice shone through the narrative. When he's talking about ignoring someone, he "shined them on". When he was burned out, he was "crispy around the edges". Things like that. That was fun. It was like being in the room with the guy.

And overall, it really was like listening to a guy who's maybe twisted up some of the stories, or forgotten and simply rewritten them. Despite Michael Anthony's foreword, I don't think you can take everything as gospel. Anthony says Hagar's honest. "If he said it happened, it happened." Yeah well, probably, but not definitely.

I say this because Hagar peppers the story with all-encompassing, sweeping statements. He ends a chapter early in the book, as he's building his music career, by stating, "I never worked another day in my life." Of course, you expect to read the next chapter and find him growing his music career. Instead, he talks of driving a truck for $10 a day. Sorry, dude, you worked.

Sammy also states that he never did drugs. Yet, a few chapters on, he's talking about sitting in the back of a limo with Eddie Van Halen, drinking and doing bumps of coke. In fact, there's several times when he mentions the coke. Was it an addiction? Doubt it. But yeah, Sammy, you did drugs.

Finally, he (and Michael Anthony before him) state he's an honest person. He likely is, for the most part, but the fact that he was humping anything with lady parts throughout his marriage, and then flat-out admitting that he had to not only lie to his first wife about that and, out of necessity, lie to those around her, he's not quite as honest as he says.

The major shocker for me--and, yes, I admit, a disappointment--was to find out this guy that's successfully in charge of several booming businesses is a flake. Aliens, psychics, premonitions...they all factor heavily into his world view. That's fine, but when he talks about being a math genius, then goes right into how numerology is a big factor in his life...yeah, he's definitely letting his flake flag fly.

And hey, good for Sammy. It's obviously worked and it absolutely does nothing to detract from the fact that he's a hell of a musician and business man and, even at an age when most rock stars are packing it in or have been dead for decades, he's still kicking ass on and off the stage. So, I may think he's a flake, but a lot of people know his name and no one knows mine, so who's doing better at the game?

A fun bio, overall.
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TobinElliott | 14 outras críticas | Sep 3, 2021 |
Doesn't read well. Too jumpy. Sammy's opinion of himself is very high, making for kind of an annoying ride here.

ER1116 | 14 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2016 |
Sammy's life follows the standard trajectory for a rock star. He grew up poor with an abusive parent, barely finished high school, got the lucky break, and rode that break to a life of fame and riches. One thing about Sammy that seems different than most rock stars is that he seems to be more intelligent. He diversified early on, and today makes way more money from his various businesses than he does from music. Although he certainly did his share of drugs the way he presents it they never controlled him, and given the lack of rehab and the fact that he has maintained his career I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that. Some of his stories from the late 60s and early 70s do sound like he is mixing up real memories and acid trips though. The chapters on his time in Van Halen are great. It would be interesting to hear Eddie's version of that time, but if Sammy's account is even half-true it's doubtful that Eddie remembers any of it.

Fun book, and definitely recommended if you are a fan of his music.
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chrisod | 14 outras críticas | Oct 25, 2015 |



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