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After spending several years as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the mid-'70s hard rock band Montrose, Sammy Hagar began a solo career that produced several hits and made him an album rock favorite. Hagar became a true star once he joined Van Halen in 1985, but he'd been a popular hard rocker ever since his first album with Montrose. After giving up a boxing career, Hagar began singing in the late '60s, performing with various California bands including Skinny, the Fabulous Catillas, Justice Brothers, and Dust Cloud. During this time, he built up a solid reputation in the California hard rock scene. Former Edgar Winter guitarist Ronnie Montrose asked Hagar to join his band, Montrose, in 1973. Hagar recorded two albums with Montrose before going solo in 1976, taking the group's bassist, Bill Church, with him. Montrose's drummer Denny Carmassi later joined Hagar's band, along with keyboardist Geoff Workman. Hagar's self-titled "red album" was his first chart entry; it eventually went gold. In 1979, he created a new supporting band featuring Workman, Church, guitarist Gary Pihl, and drummer Chuck Ruff. This lineup played on Hagar's most popular solo album, 1981's platinum Standing Hampton, plus 1982's gold Three Lock Box with only one member missing -- drummer Ruff was replaced by David Lauser. After Three Lock Box and its number 13 hit single "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy," Hagar played several shows with guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Mike Shrieve; the group recorded a live album under the name Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (HSAS), as well as a studio version of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale." His 1984 album VOA contained the hit single "I Can't Drive 55," which peaked at number 26. In 1985, Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen; his first album with the group was 1986's 5150. Hagar released his last solo album in 1987; the record was coined I Never Said Goodbye in an MTV contest. Hagar stayed with Van Halen throughout the remainder of the '80s and half of the '90s. During that time, the band had four other multi-platinum albums -- OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993), and Balance (1995) -- before tensions began to surface between Hagar and the rest of the band. In the summer of 1996, Hagar either quit Van Halen or was fired; the band had Roth return to sing two tracks on Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 before hiring former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone as Hagar's replacement. The entire incident became a media sensation, ensuring that Hagar's 1997 solo album Marching to Mars -- his first in ten years -- would be greeted with much media-generated fanfare. It sold surprisingly well, peaking in the Top 20 and re-establishing Hagar as a viable solo act. With a backing band called the Waboritas in tow (consisting of guitarist Vic Johnson, keyboardist Jesse Harms, bassist Mona, and drummer David Lauser), Hagar followed the success with Red Voodoo two years later; it too sold very respectably on the strength of the single "Mas Tequila," just missing the Top 20. Hagar's resurgence continued with 2000's Ten 13. Not 4 Sale arrived in 2003, followed by his first live album in 20 years, Live: Hallelujah. Livin' It Up! was released in 2006, while VOA was reissued the following year in deluxe format, courtesy of the newly launched American Beat Records. In 2008 Hagar released Cosmic Universal Fashion, his 11th solo album and first for Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud Records. That same year, he debuted a new band, Chickenfoot, after jamming with Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The supergroup released its self-titled debut album in 2009. The debut went gold, which was good enough to guarantee a 2011 sequel called Chickenfoot III (despite its joking title, this was indeed their sophomore set). Hagar didn't abandon his Chickenfoot brothers for the 2013 album Sammy Hagar & Friends; each member, along with several other kindred spirits, showed up on this party-hearty 2013 LP. 2014's Lite Roast saw the tireless Hagar and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson gently tearing through some coffeehouse-ready versions of Hagar classics, while 2015 saw the release of the live album At Your Service, the first album to be released under the moniker Sammy Hagar & The Circle, his newest touring incarnation featuring Michael Anthony on bass, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Sammy Hagar

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    Lite Roast

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    Cosmic Universal Fashion

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    Street Machine

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    Red Voodoo

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    Musical Chairs

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    Danger Zone

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    Sammy Hagar

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    Three Lock Box

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    I Never Said Goodbye

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    Standing Hampton

    9 songs

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    Nine on a Ten Scale

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    VOA

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    Sammy Hagar & Friends

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    Classic Masters

    16 songs

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    Very Best of Sammy Hagar

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    The Best of Sammy Hagar [Capitol]

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    Turn Up the Music

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    Unboxed

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    Rematch

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    Red Hot

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    Sammy Hagar Live 1980

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    All Night Long

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    Greatest Hits Live!

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    Livin' It Up!

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Top Songs by
Sammy Hagar

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  2.   I Can't Drive 55
  3.   Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy
  4.   Heavy Metal
  5.   There's Only One Way to Rock
  6.   I'll Fall in Love Again
  7.   Mas Tequila
  8.   Three Lock Box
  9.   Eagles Fly
  10.   Give to Live
  11.   I've Done Everything for You
  12.   This Planet's on Fire (Burn in Hell)
  13.   Remember the Heroes
  14.   Red
  15.   Rock 'N' Roll Weekend
  16.   Knockdown
  17.   (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
  18.   Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  19.   Baby's on Fire
  20.   Rock Candy
  21.   Dreams
  22.   Dick in the Dirt
  23.   Right Now
  24.   Discography
  25.   Sing with Sammy
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Van Halen: DNA

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    Motley Crue: DNA

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    Rock Ballads

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Party Metal

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    Party Rock

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    Family Road Trip

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    Gruden's Groove: I Am The DJ

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    Dave Mustaine: I Am The DJ

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    '80s Hits

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    All-Time Hits

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    Rockero

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    Classic Rock


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