Sammy Hagar’s Biggest Dream About His Career
Former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar was one of the few lucky people who found his life’s purpose. He discovered his great interest in music when he was very young. So, Hagar taught himself how to play the guitar by using very cheap instruments and gears and became a member of The Fabulous Castilles when he was fourteen years old.
Years later, he had a chance to work with different bands, realizing the important things about being a musician. Hagar took place in The Johnny Fortune Band, Big Bang, Jimmy, the Justice Brothers, Skinny, Dustcloud, Cotton, and Manhole many more during the early years of his career. Still, the beginning of being a professional and worldwide known musician was a hard rock band from California, Montrose.
May things have changed in the Red Rocker’s career since he started as an applauded singer. The musician didn’t only turn himself into a well-known rock star, but he also invested in many business ventures over the years. When his successful music career combined with his smart business choices, Hagar had a journey many could only dream of as an artist. However, the vocalist had other dreams regarding his future once, and we’re here to break it.
What Did Sammy Hagar Dream About His Musical Journey?
Sammy Hagar started to be known publicly when Ronnie Montrose hired him as the vocalist for his newly founded band, Montrose, in 1973. The singer was the incredible voice behind the band’s ‘Montrose’ and ‘Paper Money,’ but he couldn’t stay in the band for a long time. In 1975, he parted ways with the band because he disagreed with Ronnie. Hagar decided to continue his career as a solo musician, which gained him success once again.
Hagar released his debut solo studio album entitled ‘Nine on a Ten Scale’ in May 1976, and it got critical acclaim and was followed by many popular albums. However, the highest popularity and commercial success came when Van Halen’s original frontman David Lee Roth left the band in 1985. Van Halen co-founder Eddie Van Halen admired the singer’s performance at a Montrose show, so he invited Hagar to join the band as their new frontman.
During the Van Hagar era, the band shared best-selling and popular albums with their fans, ‘5150,’ ‘OU812,’ ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,’ and ‘Balance.’ After playing together for a decade, he had to leave Van Halen because of his problems with Eddie about the recording process and schedules. Then, Hagar pursued a solo career and worked on different side projects such as Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas, Chickenfoot, and The Circle, among many more.
Along with his musical works, the famous musician became a very successful business entrepreneur with his signature Cabo Wabo Tequila and his nightclub with the same name. Currently, Hagar is one of the wealthiest rocks stars with a net worth of $150 million. Still, he admitted that he wasn’t expecting such a commercially successful career and fame as a musician during one of his appearances. Hagar stated that he only wanted to make music with a band, but it was more than he dreamed of having. In addition, he defined himself as a lucky man but emphasized his hard work.
Hagar stated in his interview that:
“My life turned out a thousand times better. I pictured making a record and going on tour, maybe having a little money in the band. I didn’t dream about the tequila and the whole Cabo Wabo thing that happened. I didn’t dream of having in a band like Van Halen and Chickenfoot. I just dreamed of one band; then the whole career keeps rolling. I don’t know, I’m lucky, and I worked for it.”
You can check out the interview below.