Thursday, October 13: Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (Oct. 13) to Sammy Hagar. The Red Rocker is 69. Also celebrating is Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna (56).
Sammy Hagar first got his start in the 1970’s with the hard rock nband Montrose and eventually launched a successful solo career, scoring a hit in 1984 with ‘I Can’t Drive 55′. He enjoyed huge success in Van Halen, replacing David Lee Roth as frontman in 1985. Hagar left Van Halen in 1996 but would return for a 2 year reunion from 2003-2005.
Hagar currently performs with The Waboritas and his other band The Circle. The Circle features Sammy on vocals along with guitarist Vic Johnson, Michael Anthony on bass, and Jason Bonham on drums. His other project Chickenfoot which features Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Anthony (bass), and Chad Smith (drums) are said to be working on new material. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Van Halen in 2007 and released his autobiography entitled Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock in 2011.
Cheers to Sammy! We'll do a shot of Cabo Wabo tequila in his honor.