Sammy Hagar, the Red Rocker himself, celebrates his 70th birthday today. To mark the occasion, Hagar will be rocking out with a variety of his musical friends at the latest installment of his annual birthday bash concert series at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
AXS TV will be hosting its own 70th birthday celebration for Hagar this Saturday, October 14, airing a daylong marathon of Sammy’s Rock and Roll Road Trip reality series that starts at 1 p.m. ET. Among the many guests featured on the various episodes being shown are Metallica‘s James Hetfield, Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, John Mellencamp, Mick Fleetwood, Styx and ex-Eagle Don Felder. The marathon will end with an encore broadcast of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview featuring Hagar airing at 8 p.m. ET.
Hagar first found rock stardom in the early ’70s as the lead singer of Montrose. After leaving the band in 1975, Sammy forged a successful solo career that saw him score such hits as 1982’s “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” and 1984’s “I Can’t Drive 55.” Hagar found even greater success when he joined Van Halen in 1985, replacing founding frontman David Lee Roth. Sammy appeared on four chart-topping albums with the group before exiting Van Halen in 1996.
Since then, Hagar has toured and recorded with his longtime backing band The Wabos, the supergroup Chickenfoot — featuring ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani — and, most recently, The Circle, which also features Anthony, plus drummer Jason Bonham and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. If that wasn’t enough, Hagar is a business mogul whose interests have included Cabo Wabo Tequila and the Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill franchise.
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