The Notable Events Of Sammy Hagar’s Musical Career

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Although this famous rockstar might be branching out more on the other areas of entertainment and business, like hosting a TV show or owning multiple restaurant chains and booze, he will always be remembered as one of the classic rock legends that made history in music. Sammy Hagar’s iconic persona in the industry, as well as his marvelous list of successful ventures, proved that this guy will always have something more to be brought to the table.

Fame from Montrose

Sammy Hagar was a member of different bands before he achieved his fame following his recruitment from Ronnie Montrose’s band. He wrote his first song “Bad Motor Scooter”, yet eventually he was fired due to conflicts arising between him and Montrose.

His Successful Solo Career

Following his departure from Montrose, he embarked on a successful solo career and produced some of his greatest hits like “There’s Only One Way to Rock” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy” and his most notable song, “I can’t Drive 55”.

I Never Said Goodbye: His highest-charting Solo Album

Before he joined the infamous Van Halen band, Hagar released his 9th studio album in 1987, as a contractual obligation to his former Geffen Records. “Give To Live” a song from the album, spent the no. 1 spot in the Mainstream Rock Tracks at this time.

The Van Halen Fame and Success

Perhaps his notable commercial success followed through when he joined the rockstar group, Van Halen. David Lee Roth, the former lead vocalist, left the group in 1985 prompting the band to find someone to fill up Roth’s shoes. Fortunately, Eddie Van Halen was a huge fan of Montrose when Hagar was still at the band, incorporating some of his guitar tricks from the latter group. So Van Halen decided to make him audition for the part, and Hagar was hired immediately.

The “Van Hagar”

Following Van Halen’s success with Hagar as their lead vocalist, the group had reached their four multi-platinum albums, with nine mainstream rock hits during this era. The large triumph of the group with Sammy Hagar had led the fans to coin the name “Van Hagar”, to call the newly successful venture of the band’s success with him.

Departure from Van Halen and the Start of Waboritas

Conflicts went unresolved, and Hagar decided to leave Van Halen. In 1999, he created his own band, Waboritas, with prominent people recruited to the band. But what made Hagar so famous at this moment was the unexpected tour he did with the former Van Halen singer, David Lee Roth. The tour was extremely successful.


Hagar’s prominence could also be credited to how well he is at forming his own supergroup. Chickenfoot was among them, with notable band members like Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Anthony from Van Halen, and Joe Satriani.

Another Supergroup had Emerged

This time, it was named Sammy Hagar and the Circle, with notable artists like Jason Bonham becoming a part of the supergroup. They played a lot of tribute to Led Zeppelin, Chickenfoot, and Van Halen’s songs.

Rock and Rall Hall of Fame Inductee

For his marvelous work in Van Halen, Sammy Hagar was among the inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar

Since 2016, Sammy Hagar is a show host to a television program with the name “Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar”. The show can be seen on the AXS TV network and will resume if it will become safe again to film inside the coronavirus crisis.