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    Default For Sammy Hagar, there's still only one way to rock

    For Sammy Hagar, there's still only one way to rock

    For Sammy Hagar, there's still only one way to rock: hard and nonstop.

    “I wake up in the morning with my flip-flops on and jump out of bed and go straight to work,” Hagar said by phone last week from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where “The Red Rocker,” as he is known, was in the midst of his 24th Annual Birthday Bash, a series of concerts, charity events and other festivities at his Cabo Wabo Cantina.

    “One secret to success and happiness is that you do the things you love to do. ... I would call everything I do more like hobbies. They're hobbies more than jobs. I've turned my hobbies into jobs. That's kind of my genius.”

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and successful business mogul, who turned 66 Sunday, might be known these days for his tropical, tequila-infused sound and lifestyle, but he's not the type to spend all his time kicking back on the beach. The former Van Halen frontman and his longtime band, the Wabos, are touring in support of his new collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar & Friends,” and his “Four Decades of Rock” trek includes an outdoor show Saturday at Shawnee's Grand Casino.

    “Everything you would expect from Sammy Hagar will happen that night. There will be a lot of fun. There will be a lot of hits, an hour and 50 (minutes), two hours, of hits, every era from Montrose through today, to the new album. There'll be four or five new songs. There will be a lot of mistakes and some funny stuff happen,” he said with a laugh. “I guarantee you, it's part comedy, part serious rock 'n' roll. There will be some comic relief throughout the show. And there will be some drinking. And some bad language. Let's see, no fights, no fights, nothing like that, but a lot of pretty girls.”

    After four decades of making music, Hagar said he is “having so damn much fun that it's probably illegal, but I'm doing it anyway.”

    “I really think that music is festive now. Ever since I started the Cabo Wabo lifestyle thing and I started that tequila company and then sold it for a gazillion dollars — not bragging, I'm saying it made my music what it's supposed to be — I play music for the love of playing music. I don't play music for business anymore,” he said.

    Hagar, who was raised by a single mother in a poor household, also uses his music to make a difference. For about the past five years, he has donated to food banks wherever his tours have taken him.

    He will give about $2,500 to Mission Shawnee in honor of Saturday's show.

    “I'm a big advocate of, yes, do other things with your money, don't just spend it on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and fast cars.”

    Rock with friends

    The rocker counts Toby Keith as a dear friend, and in July, he eagerly joined the Sooner State native at his Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma football stadium.

    Keith returned the favor when Hagar started work on his “Sammy Hagar & Friends” duets album, a project he said came about almost by accident. Hagar was working on a four-CD anthology that would cover his career from his time with Montrose, his early solo work, the “Van Hagar” era and his later Cabo Wabo lifestyle music and wanted to do a new song for each time frame. But he soon wrote two new tropical tracks, “Father Son” and “All We Need Is an Island,” and didn't want to choose between them.

    “I hadn't really quite decided to make a record, a whole record, but I thought, ‘I'm gonna write more songs 'cause these songs are so good.' I thought, ‘Gee, well, I'm kind of on a roll.' So then I wrote another song, and then I wrote another song ... and then people started writing for me. And I started thinking about great cover songs. And it just turned into this thing,” he said.

    It eventually became his first collaborations album, featuring duets with all-stars like Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer Neal Schon of Journey, Heart belter Nancy Wilson and bluesman Taj Mahal.

    Keith joined him to cover Jimmy Buffett's “Margaritaville,” but it was former Tulsan and fellow country star Ronnie Dunn who really got the duets concept rolling when he sent Hagar the bad-boy ballad “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets.”

    “A cars song for Sammy Hagar? Excuse me? And he sang it so good that I went back and listened to his demo after I cut it because I wanted to make sure I did it justice. And I heard the way he was singing it, and I just said, ‘Damn, this guy is a good singer.' So I asked him if he'd sing on it and he did, sent it back, and God's truth, I had to go back in and recut the vocal. Because after he sang his verse, I had to step it up a little bit. And that's the great thing about duets, is that the other person, if they're good, they'll bring the best outta ya,” he said.

    “If I would've made this record 10 years ago I would've got criticized like, ‘What does this guy think he's doing? Who is he? Is he a rocker, is he a folk singer, is he a Hawaiian? What is he? Is he a blues singer?' And the reason that it's accepted today is because I've let everybody know for the last 10 years that I can do anything I want and that I only do things that excite me and are part of my real life. This is the most honest, real record I've ever made.”

    Busy even on a ‘break'

    Along with touring worldwide in support of his 11th Top 25 album, Hagar plans to promote his Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, open a few more of his Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar & Grills and record a few new songs with his supergroup Chickenfoot before his next Birthday Bash rolls around.

    “That's nothing. I'm taking a break,” he said with a laugh.

    “I'm laughing because there's so much stuff that I still want to do.”


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    What a fucking asshole.
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    What a great fuckin' guy!

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    Sam just goes through life having fun. it's amazing. More power to him and hopefully he still has another 20 years in him (I used to think in 1986 that I'd be lucky if he was still around making music in 20 years, lol)

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    Definitely has a good gig going.


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    I'm thrilled for Sammy and his family for the success he's had. It came from a lot of sacrifices and hard work. Enjoy the fruits of your labor Sammy, and thanks for always bringing your best. Nobody loves his fans like the Red Rocker.

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    I remember wanting when I was a kid to be Eddie. To be able to play guitar, keyboards, and just look like I was having a great time doing it. I dressed like Eddie in his 80's phase, grew my hair out to about his length.



    Now, I'd kill to be Sam.
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    He wakes up with his flip flops on..? what a dickhead.
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    Who is paying him to mention flip flops every 10 seconds?

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    From where he came from early in life to now is amazing.
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    Surprised the guy didnt mention his Rum juice or whatever the fuck he ALWAYS tries to peddle.



    Hear this Samantha Roy Hagar..........


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    Glad he is enjoying life, and, as he has come far, he deserves it.

    But, I wish he would remember where he came from: more rock, less margharitas, rum and flip flops. Definetely missing the rock part...

 

 

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