Preview: SAMMY HAGAR
& the WABOS
SENECA ALLEGANY EVENTS CENTER
Friday May 23rd 2008
IT ALL ON REDÖ..
Rock Ďní Roll Hall of Famer
will be rolling in his
CABO WABO Cantina
to the sprawling hills of
Salamanca this Friday Night to kick off Memorial Day Weekend
and the WABOS:
guitarist VIC JOHNSON,
bassist MONA, and longtime drummer DAVID ďBroĒ LAUSER
will be pouring out the hits from the immense catalog the
has amassed over his
illustrious career; from MONTROSE to VAN HALEN and
all the solo gems in between.
For people who have never had the pleasure of
basking in the crystal blue water and sandy white beaches of
Cabo San Lucas this is your chance to get a taste of what
ďLivin it UpĒ Red
style is all about.
Be sure to arrive early at the Casino, this isnít just a
concert itís an event with a myriad of pre-show festivities to
wet your pallet, including the world famous
drink made with the equally
world famous CABO WABO
Rock Rapport caught up with the
SAMMY as he was getting set
to head into his final rehearsal before hitting the summer tour
circuit which kicked off with a weekend at the Tahoe Wabo
earlier this month.
as always thanks again for being so
gracious and taking time out for the
what can Western New Yorkers
look forward to this Friday night as the
Cantina Caravan sails into town
anchoring at the picturesque Seneca Allegany Casino.
No problem at all Ross, great to
talk to you again. As
you know itís always a party when we take the Cantina out on the
road, I canít think of a better way to kick off my Memorial Day
Holiday then sharing a Summer Night with my friends in Upstate
Ross CAT-Once again limited Cabo
Wabo stage seating is available at the shows this summer. I had
the pleasure to savor the show from the Cantina seats at Darien
Lake; it really is a concert experience like no other. Will
that be a mainstay on the Hagar shows?
has been a blast the last couple of tours, the band and I really
enjoy hanging with the hardcore Redheads on stage.
Itís something weíve been talking about in rehearsal;
Iíve been thinking this might be the last year for the Cantina
Stage Production but until we come up with something better Iíd
feel like we where cheating the fans. I canít imagine going out
on the road with just a stripped down stage without the bar, the
props and most importantly my waitresses to bring me my
Cabo Wabo tequila.
said Ross keep in mind this is me weíre talking about, I donít
sit still for very long, Iím all about reinventing myself, my
music and the way I present it, so ďGet ReadyĒ you just never
know whatís next.
Ross CAT-Will we see premier Rock Ďní Roll bassist
and all around party animal MICHAEL ANTHONY on the road
with you again this summer?
SAMMY-Mike will be popping in and out of the
tour for sure. He really wants to play with us at the stadium
shows that we are doing with KENNY CHESNEY.
At this time Iím not
exactly sure when heís going to be playing; one things for sure
knowing MIKEY he canít stay home when SAMMY and the WABOíS are
out on tour, weíve found that out over the last ten years. Heís
played on about 90% of our gigs since the last VH reunion; heís
usually around by hook or by crook.
I have to say that having MIKEY on stage makes it so
much easier to play the VAN HAGAR material, when Iím singing
ďWhy Canít This Be Love, ďTop of the WorldĒ, or ďPoundcakeĒ and
I hear his harmonies I can close my eyes and feel like it was
Hands down MIKEíS backing vocals and
bass playing are as big a part of the VAN HALEN legacy as me,
EDDIE, ALEX or DAVE. It has been and always will be an open door
policy for MIKE in any band Iím in.
Ross CAT-Last month saw the
sail off to meet up with
and friends on the 3rd annual
Cruise which is highlighted
with a private concert at the
sounds like one helluva party?
an understatement Iím just recuperating from that damn thing.
Every year family, friends and fans try to get me to go on the
boat; itís hard to convince everyone that if I got on that
cruise ship itís all over for me, I couldnít perform. As strange
as it sounds being the sunshine stalker that Ií am, Iím just not
a boat guy, I get sea sick within twenty minutes, thatís just
about the only kind of Rockin and Rollin I canít handle.
Thatís another thing we are looking at, the cruise line
has been terrific to us but being on such a tight schedule is
really difficult. The Carnival Cruise ship arrives at
in the port, by 11am weíre pounding out a two hour set; as you
know I hold nothing back on stage so the Cabo Wabo is flowing
and by the middle of the afternoon everyone is shipwrecked.
So Iím thinking this may be the last cruise for a
while, Iím looking at something where people can spend more time
at the Cantina as opposed to just a six hour port stop.
Ross CAT-Speaking of the Cruise
concert it was broadcast live for the very first time on the
very cool totally FREE
Tell us about this awesome
really been flourishing since we started the concept, itís gone
through its growing pains but now itís really coming together. I
just heard that we are rated in the top 15 internet radio
stations in the world out of a possible 3000. Like most things I
do I try to bring my fans along for the ride, having a good time
and listening to music turns me on.
As of May 15th we started a contest for fans
to compete to become a permanent DJ broadcasting live from
to midnight inside the
Cabo Wabo Cantina.
whoís ever been there knows it can get ďWild Ďní CrazyĒ, and for
those who havenít you can get a real feel of the outrageous
Itís unique because itís organic, we offer live shows,
new bands, Classic Rockers and you just never know when me and
some of my buds are going to show up for an impromptu jam. Fans
should give it a listen and vote for their favorite personality,
like you said itís FREE, just like FUN should be.
Ross CAT-Letís get into the summer show schedule, as
mentioned earlier the
will be part of the KENNY CHESNEY
ďPoets and PiratesĒ tour featuring acts like LEANN
RIMES, KEITH URBAN, GARY ALLAN to name just a few. How did
that come about?
Thatís some kinda talent your
talkin bout there. I canít wait to see what happens when I get
on stage in front of all those folks, most of whom may have
never seen a HAGAR & WABOS show.
First off Rockers and Redheads not
to worry Iím not goin country or anything like that. This is
really based on my close friendship with KENNY CHESNEY, we got
the idea when I joined him onstage at a few shows and the place
went absolutely crazy. So we thought his fan base would be a
great crossover crowd for us to have some fun with. Iíve really
had a blast partying and jammin with guys like KENNY and TOBY
KEITH; I respect them as performers, most importantly theyíre
great songwriters and Iím all about playing great music. Iím
really looking forward to the challenge that this tour package
brings me and the WABOS.
will be heading to
Cleveland on Saturday to your first stop on the ďPoets and
PiratesĒ tour any chance weíll see you perform a duet with
she wants Iím game; Iíve never been one to turn a pretty lady
down. Seriously everyone involved has been great to deal with it
seems the skies the limit as far as how this is going to play
BROOKS & DUNN have a new song where they talk about
they want me to come out and sing on that one, sounds like itís
going to be a real user friendly situation so just about
anything is possible at one of these shows.
Ross CAT-Letís put the
ďHeavy MetalĒ heads mind at ease as youíll be doing some
shows later in the summer with the SCORPIONS.
SAMMY-Weíve been friends for a long time, great
group of musicians and guys. They actually opened for me on my
first ever headlining tour in 1979, we where on the road
together for nine months it was awesome.
Ross CAT- SAMMY
has a couple of new songs posted, ďOpenĒ
has been up for a few months, now just this past week a
brand new song ďIím on a RollĒ is available for download
at your site. Will we see a new
album in 2008?
SAMMY-Yeah, the brand new single is about NASCAR itís
another drivin song (laughter), I guess you could say itís the
new ďI canít Drive 55Ē. Weíve been opening rehearsals with it
everyday and itís feelin really good, thereís a pretty good
chance weíll take it out for a test drive in the pole position
in the summer setlist.
We also did a video for ďIím On a RollĒ with a
little help from our NASCAR buds, look for that to open up the
shows this summer as well.
Ross CAT-In our previous interviews youíve always
made it clear about how much you respect ALEX VAN HALEN
and that you thought that the VAN HALEN fans deserved a
chance to see the original line-up tour with ROTH. Any
desire to check out the current VAN HALEN tour which is
getting primarily positive reviews in its second leg?
SAMMY- No I just canít do it, after the last VAN
HAGAR tour EDDIE became my enemy, he wasnít the same guy he was
when we started the VAN HAGAR era of the band; he made what
should have been a great experience just down right
miserable. Now when I say that Iím talking about the EDDIE VAN
HALEN that is struggling with his personal demons, theyíve been
pretty well documented.
I will say this, the fact that they are doing the tour
with DAVE is awesome, they have owed the amazing VAN HALEN fans
that for a longtime; but not taking MIKE out isnít doing the
ROTH era justice and itís just wrong.
If youíre finally going to go out and
bill yourself as the original VAN HALEN, then MIKE should be
playing with them for GOD sake, thatís just my two cents. I
understand EDDIE wanting to play with WOLFIE but he should just
go out and start there own band.
That being said it seems that some positive has come
out of this whole thing, last time I saw EDDIE he was in really
bad shape a few years back; but I did see a recent photo and he
looks healthier then he has in a long time. That to me is a
great thing, EDDIE has all the support on the planet from me if
he is finally getting his shit together. If this tour has
helped him get himself together and
clean up Iím so happy for that.
you toured with DAVID LEE ROTH back in 2003 any chance
youíd be willing to set aside differences and give VAN HALEN
fans the ďBest of Both WorldsĒ with all 5 guys
SAMMY-As far as that goes thatís just not
something Iím really interested in doin again right now, EDDIE
would have to be able to bring himself back to ground zero; by
that I mean heíd have to be completely clean.
Right Now Iím having the time of
my life and looking forward to seeing all the Redheads on tour
this summer as well as making some new friends on the ďPoets and
would like to thank our bud
for sharing his valuable time. We would also like to once again
thank Jessica Erskine of Rogers & Cowan for
hooking us up with
Also check out the
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more great summer shows including THE GOO GOO DOLLS,
BOSTON/STYX and BROOKS & DUNN to name just a few.
**************PEACE & HARMONIES*****************