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August 30, 1987 | DENNIS HUNT
After racing from his Malibu home, rock singer Sammy Hagar breezed into the parking lot of a Westside Italian restaurant in an eye-catching Ferrari convertible--just one of the stallions in his stable of cars. Indirectly, it's because of his passion for Ferraris that his career has veered sharply in another direction. If he weren't a Ferrari fanatic, he might not be the lead singer of Van Halen today.
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January 29, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
It's an old joke, but when David Lee Roth delivers the punch line it sounds more like a mission statement: "How many lead singers does it take to put in a lightbulb? One. You hold the bulb and wait for the world to revolve around you. " Missing from the joke is how the singer is left standing there in the dark waiting for his proper wattage. On Feb. 7, Interscope Records will release "A Different Kind of Truth" and, as the world turns, it will represent the first Van Halen studio album featuring Roth as lead singer since "1984" - which was released 28 years ago this month, right before Ronald Reagan announced plans to run for a second term.
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May 24, 1997 | SANDY MASUO
Considering Hagar's hard-rocking track record, the singer's first effort since parting ways with Van Halen is chock-full of surprises--all pleasant. Ignited by Roy Rogers' sizzling slide guitar, "Little White Lie" grinds with bluesy abandon; Bootsy Collins' luscious bass lines give "Would You Do It for Free" a seductive funk swagger; and lighter-raising ballads ("Amnesty Is Granted," "Who Has the Right?") sway around some startlingly philosophical lyrics.
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January 10, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
Like a lot of fans, Sammy Hagar winced when he heard Monday that he and old rival David Lee Roth would both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with Van Halen. "This could be a complete and total disaster. It could be wonderful too. It really could. But it also could be such a disaster and an embarrassment that it goes down in history." Roth was the voice of Van Halen from its mid-'70s Sunset Strip days up into the monster success of the 1980s.
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March 30, 2004
Band lineup: Van Halen has confirmed that Sammy Hagar will be its lead singer on the group's summer reunion tour.
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September 13, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Wild Wear: Sammy Hagar, the wild man lead singer of Van Halen, is introducing his own line of men's clothing that reflects the band's high-energy trademark. Red Rocker Hyper-Active Wear will be introduced at next week's Action Sports Retailer Convention in San Diego. Hagar said the full line of loose-fitting clothing will include more than 50 pieces.
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May 24, 2006 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
On a video screen that usually broadcasts budget breakdowns for San Bernardino County supervisors, big-haired rocker Sammy Hagar blasted notes from his guitar. The video ended with an explosion, not a funding request, and county bureaucrats waved their camera phones to capture Van Halen's former frontman entering the county chamber.
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July 31, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Whitney Houston's "Whitney" still tops the Billboard magazine pop album chart after debuting at No. 1 seven weeks ago. No real strong challengers are in sight. Starship's hot album, "No Protection," moved up two notches to No. 14. The Whispers' "Just Gets Better With Time" (No. 29) is their biggest hit in years. Top 10-bound: Suzanne Vega's "Solitude Standing" (No. 12) and Sammy Hagar's new one, "Sammy Hagar" (No. 15). U2 has another No.
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July 12, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
* "SAMMY HAGAR." Sammy Hagar. Geffen. Hagar has certainly hired good people for this record, even if it's cost him part of the spotlight. The most artistic thing here is the cover photography by Annie Leibovitz, and Sammy's even outclassed by the bass player--some guy named Edward Van Halen. Despite the presence of such luminaries, this is pretty much a standard Hagar LP, though slightly leaner musically.
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September 6, 1987
I can see why Sammy Hagar likes Ronald Reagan--they're so much alike. Hagar boasts "I can't tell you what's going on in the world today," then proves it by saying Reagan is "spontaneous," "not rehearsed or planned." See Sammy, some of us rock fans do "give a damn" about politics. We can distinguish between an act, like Reagan "forgetting" if he approved selling weapons to Iran, from reality. We can easily see that the Prez is lost without his TelePrompter. Actors aren't spontaneous, Sammy.
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May 24, 2006 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
On a video screen that usually broadcasts budget breakdowns for San Bernardino County supervisors, big-haired rocker Sammy Hagar blasted notes from his guitar. The video ended with an explosion, not a funding request, and county bureaucrats waved their camera phones to capture Van Halen's former frontman entering the county chamber.
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March 30, 2004
Band lineup: Van Halen has confirmed that Sammy Hagar will be its lead singer on the group's summer reunion tour.
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June 22, 2002 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can tell a lot about a rock star by the way he serves drinks to his fans, and that is especially true of rock's strange bedfellows of the moment, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. The rival voices of Van Halen are touring as an uneasy alliance, and their approaches to music and life are as different as a high-priced strip club and a beach bar where the regulars get a free shot.
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May 24, 1997 | SANDY MASUO
Considering Hagar's hard-rocking track record, the singer's first effort since parting ways with Van Halen is chock-full of surprises--all pleasant. Ignited by Roy Rogers' sizzling slide guitar, "Little White Lie" grinds with bluesy abandon; Bootsy Collins' luscious bass lines give "Would You Do It for Free" a seductive funk swagger; and lighter-raising ballads ("Amnesty Is Granted," "Who Has the Right?") sway around some startlingly philosophical lyrics.
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May 17, 1997 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sammy Hagar still feels the sting of his sudden dismissal last summer from Van Halen, but the effervescent singer is not about to sit around and mope. Hagar, 49, has jumped right back into a solo career that lay dormant during the years he spent making a string of chart-topping, multimillion-selling albums with Van Halen--from 1986's "5150" to 1995's "Balance." "I don't know what else to do," says Hagar, whose new album, "Marching to Mars," will be released Tuesday on Track Factory/MCA Records.
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February 23, 1997 | Steve Hochman, Steve Hochman writes about pop music for Calendar
Each year the Grammy Awards honor artists as pillars of their fields. We asked a few past winners what 1996 releases they believe best represented their respective categories--regardless of whether their choices had been nominated this year. * SAMMY HAGAR (HARD ROCK): Hagar won 1991 best hard rock album Grammy as a member of Van Halen, the band that fired him (or which he quit, depending on who's talking) last summer.
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January 29, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
It's an old joke, but when David Lee Roth delivers the punch line it sounds more like a mission statement: "How many lead singers does it take to put in a lightbulb? One. You hold the bulb and wait for the world to revolve around you. " Missing from the joke is how the singer is left standing there in the dark waiting for his proper wattage. On Feb. 7, Interscope Records will release "A Different Kind of Truth" and, as the world turns, it will represent the first Van Halen studio album featuring Roth as lead singer since "1984" - which was released 28 years ago this month, right before Ronald Reagan announced plans to run for a second term.
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January 10, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
Like a lot of fans, Sammy Hagar winced when he heard Monday that he and old rival David Lee Roth would both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with Van Halen. "This could be a complete and total disaster. It could be wonderful too. It really could. But it also could be such a disaster and an embarrassment that it goes down in history." Roth was the voice of Van Halen from its mid-'70s Sunset Strip days up into the monster success of the 1980s.
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June 28, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rock fans were stunned by the announcement Wednesday that Van Halen had reunited with singer David Lee Roth--who left the band acrimoniously in 1985--and had fired his replacement, Sammy Hagar. But not as stunned as Hagar. "[Eddie Van Halen] just wanted me to change one lyric in a new song, and I didn't want to," said Hagar, recalling the incident that precipitated the upheaval. "I thought [the song] was great," Hagar said.
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August 27, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sammy Hagar has now been Van Halen's singer for longer than was his predecessor, the flashy David Lee Roth. When he signed on with the L.A.-based band in late 1985 it was a big change both for Hagar, who'd had a successful if unspectacular solo career, and Van Halen.
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