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Sammy Hagar on self-belief, Van Halen and the bright side of fame

The Red Rocker talks early self-belief, Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, solo success and being… er, a bit of a slut

Rocker, restaurateur, author, multimillionaire businessman, Sammy Hagar is a genuine ‘lifer’ in a notoriously fickle music industry. During an ongoing career spanning five decades, the 69-year-old Californian has electrified stages with Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and The Circle and as a solo artist. So it’s little wonder he laughs out loud when he is asked to walk through his storied career in a one-hour interview. “You might need a week,” he says, “but let’s see how this goes.”



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