Red Rocker gets the outdoor concert series started |

Red Rocker gets the outdoor concert series started

Rick Chandler

Jim Grant / Lake Tahoe Action / Sammy Hagar knows how to start a party.

Back by popular demand, it’s Sammy Hagar and The Wabos!

Actually, Hagar was supposed to be in Tahoe for Cinco de Mayo weekend, for three shows at Harrah’s South Shore Room. He had to cancel those shows due to illness. But he’d like to make it up to you by moving the party outdoors for a show at Harveys Outdoor Arena on Sunday.

It will be the first show of the Harveys Outdoor Summer Concert Series, and it coincides with the “Opening Day Lake Tahoe” community-wide weekend activities.

Ticket holders for the cancelled May dates do not need to exchange their tickets; all tickets will be honored at the door for the new concert on Sunday.

Hagar is on tour promoting his Sammy Hagar and the Wabos – Livin’ It Up Live! CD and DVD, recorded in St. Louis and released this past July. It’s typical Hagar, which means the music is great and everyone is having a good time.

The Red Rocker is a California boy, born in Monterey in 1947 and shooting to stardom as a member of the band Montrose in the 1970s, and then with Van Halen in the 1980s. He went solo in 1996 and now plays with Sammy and the Wabos, recently adding Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony.

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Hagar owns three Cabo Wabo clubs – one in South Lake Tahoe – and retains much of his California roots.

One of the Van Halen songs that Hagar and Anthony played during last year’s Tahoe shows was “Up For Breakfast,” which Eddie Van Halen played wiith a synthesizer and no bass. Anthony plays bass on the new version.

Signature Sammy Hagar singles include “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (1979), “Straight to the Top” (1979), “Piece of My Heart” (1982), “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” (1983), “I Can’t Drive 55” (1984), “Eagles Fly” (1987), “Mas Tequila” (1999) and “Sam I Am” (from the Livin’ It Up album, 2006).

Hagar says he’s gotten over trying to be a rich and famlous rock star because, well, he already is one.

“It doesn’t matter to me if I don’t make one new fan,” he said. “My goal is to not ever lose one because they are the best people on the planet.”

He is currently developing a side project called “Chickenfoot” with Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

For those unable to attend the rescheduled date, refunds are available through Ticketmaster at the place of purchase or if purchased online through