Our 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Sammy Hagar list looks at the life and career of one of our favorite rock and roll singers of all time. He is not just one of our favorite rock and roll singers but one of our most loved rock and roll musicians and artists that we have ever had the joy of listening to on almost a daily basis. We first discovered the talents of Sammy Hagar many years ago when we saw him open up for Boston in 1977 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, The man blew our minds that night as he completely lit the stage and arena on fire with his fiery rock and roll personality singing notes higher than any one we have ever heard. His energy blew Boston off the stage that night.
Most die hard fans of Sammy Hagar know the man’s musical journey well. Sammy Hagar got his start in the music business singing lead for the band Montrose in the early 1970s. He turned many heads with his vocals on such great rock and roll songs like “Rock Candy.” Eventually, Sammy Hagar left the band and began recording albums as a solo artist with his first being the very underappreciated album Nine On A Ten Scale. However, it was his second album release entitled Sammy Hagar and often referred to as the Red album that really ignited his solo career. Sammy Hagar would continue releasing solo albums on a steady basis in the 1970s into the early 1980s. His Standing Hampton album would elevate his popularity to another level with crossover hits like Baby’s On Fire and “I Fall In Love Again.” His VOA album featured the huge hit single “I Can’t Drive 55.” By 1985, Sammy Hagar had a huge following and was considered one of the great voices of rock and roll. And then Van Halen came calling.
If you didn’t know who Sammy Hagar was before he joined Van Halen you sure did in 1986 when Van Halen released the album 5150 with Sammy Hagar as the band’s new lead singer. The band sounded great with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals. The group would record four studio albums with Sammy Hagar in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Eventually, there would be a falling out for multiple reasons and as Sammy Hagar left the band he returned to his solo career which made many of his longtime Sammy Hagar fans very happy because that meant there would be more new Sammy Hagar solo albums to come.
In the late 2000s, Sammy Hagar reunited with his old bandmate from Van Halen which we all knew as knew as Michael Anthony and formed a new supergroup called Chickenfoot. The group consisted of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and the rock god guitarist Joe Satriani as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. While the band only released two studio albums, they packed a lot of punch and have left fans begging for more. Currently, Sammy Hagar is still performing and releasing new music while still sounding just as good as he did in the 1970s. The man never gets old……… Here are ten things you didn’t know about the man we all love and know as Sammy Hagar
# 1 – Sammy Hagar Is a Bestselling Author.
While Sammy Hagar has hit number one on various music charts with his solo albums, songs and material he recorded with Van Halen, fans may be surprised to hear that he also hit number one on the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2011 with his book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Sammy Hagar wrote the book with rock journalist Joel Selvin.
# 2 – Sammy Hagar Was A Newspaper Boy
When Sammy Hagar was growing up, he held many jobs such as cutting lawns and delivering newspapers. He did whatever it took to earn money as he came from humble beginnings.
# 3 – Believes He Was Abducted By Aliens
In his bestselling book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Sammy Hagar tells a very convincing story about two aliens arriving on a spaceship making some sort of connection into his brain while he was sleeping in bed. This ordeal extremely affected Sammy Hagar pushing him to go seek medical help over the incident.
# 4 – Sammy Hagar Loves The Fall
Sammy Hagar was born on October 13th and he claims that when he smells the fall air every years it sort of brings on a sense of deja vu that brings him back to his very first breath.
# 5 – Attributes his happiness to being self made.
Sammy Hagar came from a poor upbringing. Over the years he worked very hard and claimed his happiness to being so grateful to the things he earned on his own from basic hard work and reaching his goals.
# 6 – Sammy Hagar doesn’t like to get involved in Politics.
Sammy Hagar has argued that he doesn’t like taking sides in politics and like to stay in the safe space in between which is why he named his album Space Between which was released in 2019 and was a top 5 hit in the Billboard top 200 albums charts.
# 7 – Sammy Hagar is a charitable person.
While he doesnt advertises it or talk about it to much, Sammy Hagar has given often to charities including food banks and children hospitals and so many more other organizations.
# 8 – Sammy Hagar Finds Great Joy In His Children
Sammy Hagar has been married twice and has children from both marriages . He has claimed to find great joy in his children and the fact that they were raised well and are good people.
# 9 – Sammy Hagar formed a supergorup that fell apart before they released an album.
No we are not talking about Chickenfoot or HAAS, both of those groups released albums. We are talking about the band that was called Planet Love that featured Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo of Journey along with Michael Anthony. This was back in 2002. However, the group broke up after just a few shows.
# 10 – Sammy Hagar keeps performing because he loves it and not for the money.
As he has reached his 70s, Sammy Hagar realizes that time is not on his side. He feels that he wants to keep doing it while he is still at the top of his game and wants to keep performing and recording while he still sounds good and still has that great voice working so well.