Sammy Hagar Shares The ‘Weird’ Detail About His Old Van’s License Plate
Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar posted an old picture of himself with his dear friend David Lauser on Instagram and opened up about how surprised he is to see the license plate of his van which oddly resembles the name of his restaurant, Cabo Wabo.
As you may know, Sammy Hagar has been working on his projects with his band, The Circle, which was formed by Hagar, original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson. Recently, the band released their new album, ‘Lockdown 2020,’ which included the covers of several songs from Van Halen, AC/DC, and Bob Marley.
The 73-year-old rock icon has been conducting various businesses including his restaurant in Mexico, Cabo Wabo, and his tequila brand named ‘Santo Spirit,’ which he formed with Emmy Award-winning chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri.
Recently on Instagram, Sammy Hagar posted a picture of himself with David Lauser a.k.a. Bro which was taken back in 1970. In the caption of his post, Sammy shared the story behind his picture with Bro posing in front of a van. The iconic vocalist stated that back then, he and Bro used to play guitar and drums in Riverside Fairmount Park only for seven or ten people there.
As he reminisced his memories with Bro from the very first years of his music career, Sammy also wanted to draw his fans’ attention to a ‘very interesting’ detail about the license plate of his old van. The van’s license plate had the letters ‘CBO‘ which as he suggested seemed like an abbreviation for his restaurant Cabo Wabo. Hagar received many comments from the fans implying that opening a restaurant in Cabo was his destiny and the license plate of his van is the proof.
Here is what Sammy Hagar stated in the caption of his post:
“David Lauser a.k.a. Bro and I in 1970. We might have been calling ourselves The Big Bang, Manhole, or Skinny. Bro and I used to set up by ourselves, guitar and drums, in Riverside Fairmount Park.
They had a little amphitheater and we just went and did it without asking for permission. Nothing. There might be 7-10 people who would stop and listen. We didn’t give a fuck, we just jammed. Loaded the truck back up at the end of the day. Bro was a drummer on ‘Standing Hampton,’ ‘Three Lock Box,’ ‘VOA,’ ‘I Never Said Goodbye,’ and all Wabos records, starting with ‘Red Voodoo.’ We came from childhood.
That van took me right up to Montrose, 1972. It carried our equipment from the Inland Empire to San Francisco, back-and-forth for months every week, until we got a gig at the Peppertree lounge on Broadway in San Francisco on the off nights (Monday and Tuesday).
One thing led to another and Ronnie Montrose discovered me at a place called the Wharf Rat in San Francisco. That van was parked out front because we loaded our own equipment in and out every week. The rest I guess is history.
That van, if you read my book, is the one that my first wife Betsy’s dad and brother rebuilt the engine of and made it a new car in Rochester, New York 1969 (the year of Woodstock), so I could drive it back to California with Bucky and my wife Betsy, newly pregnant with Aaron (Happy birthday, 2/24!). Check the license plate, very interesting. I wore that fucking van out! When I joined Montrose, that van could barely make it up the hill, I forget who I even sold it to for $50.”
Click here to see the Instagram post.