Sammy Hagar & Friends
Sammy Hagar has enlisted three legendary musicians - Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal - to round out the final three tracks on his first-ever rock collaborations album:"Sammy Hagar and Friends".
The highly anticipated new album is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24th in North America, September 27th in Europe, September 30th in the UK, and will be preceded by the album’s first single and video for the high voltage track "Knockdown Dragout" featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.
In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a Deluxe Edition of "Sammy Hagar and Friends", packaged in a high-gloss Digipak.
The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track "Space Station #5"recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the "Making of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single "Knockdown Dragout" and more.
From new original songs including "Not Going Down" (a song specifically written for Hagar by Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons), "Knockdown Dragout", "Bad On Fords and Chevrolets","All We Need Is An Island", and "Father Sun", to reimagined covers of classics including Bob Seger’s, "Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man", and Depeche Mode’s "Personal Jesus" – Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, pop, blues and zydeco.
Sammy Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is a Grammy award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician, who in 2007 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career and his ride as the frontman of Van Halen, he’s set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - with songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Rock Candy, "I'll Fall in Love Again", "There's Only One Way to Rock", "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy", "Finish What Ya Started", "Right Now" and "Why Can't This Be Love".
Throughout his prolific 40-year-career, Hagar’s solo and group albums have globally amassed 25 Platinum certifications on sales surpassing 40 million. In 2009, he formed the supergroupChickenfoot with bassist Michael Anthony (ex–Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani, and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). The band’s self-titled debut album was certified gold and their subsequent tours were lauded by both fans and critics.
In 2011, with the release of his critically acclaimed autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock", he became a # 1 New York Times Best Selling Author.
With his Cabo Wabo Tequila, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum and succession of successful bar & restaurant brands, he’s evolved into an auspicious entrepreneur, pioneering the now popular celebrity spirit trend.
Raised in Fontana, CA, Hagar’s hardscrabble upbringing instilled in him an unstoppable work ethic that’s been the driving force behind his rise to the top - and continues to fuel his dedication as a philanthropist.