The Red Rocker returns to Harrah’s South Shore Room for a pair of shows May 3-4. For four decades, Sammy Hagar has ripped into the rock scene. Kicking off his major career as frontman of Van Halen, Hagar wrote well-known songs like “I can’t drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.”
Hagar received a Grammy Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen. More recently, he’s toured with the supergroup Chickenfoot, composed of drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, bassist Michael Anthony also of Van Halen and guitar legend Joe Satriani. Hagar is also a philanthropist, a best-selling author and an entrepreneur, according to his biography.
Raised in Fontana, Calif., Hagar grew up with an unstoppable work ethic that’s been the driving force behind his success.
“Being a poor kid is a little humiliating and it instilled in me a desire to be somebody,” Hagar is quoted in his website bio. “It’s where all my drive comes from. I was willing to work hard to ensure I was never poor again.”
Hagar got his music career off the ground as frontman of the San Francisco band Montrose. He joined Van Halen in 1985. The band has four consecutive chart-topping albums before breaking up in the 1990s. They held a reunion tour in 2004 and the members have continued to work on solo projects.
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