Surprise performances, record revenues for Cabo Wabo opening |

Surprise performances, record revenues for Cabo Wabo opening

Amanda Fehd
Ben Martin / Tahoe Daily Tribune Sammy Hagar and Robby Montrose pick up where they left off, rocking Saturday at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Stateline before 1,200 fans.

Sammy Hagar dripped sweat from his wild curls down to his crazy hopping feet Saturday at Harrah’s South Shore Room, across the street from his newly inaugurated Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harvey’s Resort Casino.

“If this isn’t the highlight of my life … ” he yelled to a crowd of more than 1,200 fans, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself!”

Wearing orange beach capris and a drenched T-shirt, the “Red Rocker” was soaking in Tahoe love. Fans also came from as far as Nebraska, Missouri, Oregon, as well as from all over the Golden State.

After a full set with his band, the Waboritas, Hagar left the stage, but the South Shore Room boomed with the crowd begging for an encore, chanting “Sammy, Sammy, Sammy.”

And he gave him one, along with a special delivery.

“It doesn’t get any better than this!” he cried out, as Robby Montrose emerged from the shadows. The man who helped propel Sammy into the music world cranked out a guitar solo that got everyone screaming as Hagar conducted from the side.

To top it off, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent then paraded on stage wearing a stars-and-stripes shirt and cowboy hat.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the governor of Michigan!” Hagar cried.

Women in silver bikinis and angel wings moved from their platforms to a Hagar-Montrose-Nugent jam session of “Route 66.”

When the night was clearly over, even after the guitars and set were half gone, Hagar lingered on stage, singing “Cabo Wabo” with the crowd.

With a huge blue pinata of a Cabo Wabo tequila bottle behind him, there was no hiding the promotional nature of the event for his new cantina across the street, but Hagar seemed as if he could barely tear himself from the stage.

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