Looks like Sam and Mike are gearing up for a major tour that kicks off later this year. Here’s the full press release from Sammy’s publicist:
Forget birthday candles, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar will celebrate his birthday in unique rock ‘n’ roll fashion. Hagar has announced plans to launch an upcoming cross-country tour to include 60 stops starting at his annual birthday bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar’s 60-stop tour will conclude in St. Louis at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2008, and will include performances by a number of special celebrity friends. Hagar will also release a single on Cabo Wabo MusicÂ® called “Open,” which will be released to rock and classic rock radio stations on July 2nd and will also be available to fans for download via iTunes.
The sure to be hard rockin’ show Hagar will be bringing to fans on his tour will include 3 jam-packed hours of performances by Sammy Hagar and core Sammy rockers. Hagar will be, in a sense, stuffing his amazing Cabo Waboâ„¢ Village that accompanied him at each stop of last summer’s Livin’ It Up! Tour into the indoor venues on the upcoming tour. All this to create the Cabo Wabo vibe that devoted RedHeads have come to know and love. Each show will open with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s Mad Anthony Express performing early Van Halen numbers and a variety of early rock classics. Next, fans will be treated to a performance by Los Tres Gusanos which will play early Sammy Hagar songs and, finally, Hagar and Anthony will come together as The Other Half (of Van Halen), performing a number of Van Halen tunes from the Sammy Hagar era. Tickets for the tour will go on sale soon. Fans can check www.redrocker.com for more tour information as it becomes available.
“The honor of being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is simply awesome; it’s been a great year all around and I feel like celebrating, which of course means rockin’ out,” said Hagar. I just have to figure out how to squeeze an outdoor show into an indoor venue, but I’ll get it done. It’s going to be one red-hot, kick ass fiesta.”
Hagar made the exciting tour announcement on, Wednesday, June 20th at his red carpet DVD launch party at the Pageant Concert Nightclub in St. Louis where Hagar held a special screening of his live DVD Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis as well as a rare unplugged acoustic performance by Sammy Hagar and The Wabos. Tickets to last night’s screening and performance sold out in a matter of seconds, believed to be record timing for a sold out show in St. Louis. Hagar also holds the city record for selling more tickets in St. Louis than any other musical entertainer in St. Louis history. The Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis DVD was released on Tuesday, June 19, by Image Entertainment and includes live footage from the St. Louis stop of Hagar’s summer 2006 cross-country “Livin’ It Up” Tour as well as bonus interviews, tour footage and music videos.
As a testament to his long lasting and thriving music career, 2007 has held a number of accolades and highlights for Hagar. In March, he was inducted into the prestigious Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame with his fellow Van Halen bandmates. Hagar was also honored by the San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy at the 2007 Recording Academy Honors event (formerly The Governor’s Award) in April for his outstanding work of excellence and integrity. Most recently, Hagar sold 80% of his Cabo Wabo Tequila brand to Gruppo Campari’s Skyy Spirits.
More details about the upcoming tour dates and ticket sales will be announced shortly. Stay tuned to RedRocker.com for information as it becomes available.
Did someone say “Party time”? See you there.