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Sammy Hagar answered fan-submitted questions this past Tuesday, September 24 as part of a live Google+ Hangout event. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.

Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, is likely to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Frontiers

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The effort was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

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Sammy Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, is likely to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Frontiers

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The effort was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

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In a brand new interview with CBS News, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) spoke aboout first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”, and his time with VAN HALEN, which he fronted from 1985 to 1996.

“It seems like so long ago, but at the same time it’s such a big part of me,” Hagar said of his VAN HALEN sting. “If I had never done that, this record that I just did, ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’, would sound different if I had never been in VAN HALEN.

“Everything I’ve ever done has made me what I am today. But fronting a band like VAN HALEN, I don’t know… It seems like it was so right at the time, but today it doesn’t quite fit in my lifestyle and my world. I don’t know why. But, you know, I think about that. I like the way I fit in CHICKENFOOT. We have a different kind of thing. I like being new. I really do. I just gotta say it. I love being new. I’d rather do a record like this.”

Hagar added that his time in VAN HALEN was “wonderful.”

“I will play ‘Right Now’ and ‘Finish What You Started’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, ‘Dreams’ for the rest of my life,” he said. “There’s no question about it. I will play those songs for the rest of my life. There are a lot of songs that I won’t. But those songs will be played for the rest of my life because they were great, great, great. I like keeping those in my back pocket.”

Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers on “Sammy Hagar & Friends” are Hagar’s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

For his new solo set, Sammy Hagar partially revived his early-’80s supergroup with JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, with the addition of his CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony and Chad Smith.

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The song “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets” from Sammy Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, can be streamed at Billboard.com.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24 in North America, September 29 in the U.K., and September 27 in the rest of Europe, and was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

The release of “Sammy Hagar And Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour which kicked off July 26 in Tucson and will wrap on September 7 in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar‘s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for VAN HALEN, MONTROSE and CHICKENFOOT. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, THE WABOS, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.


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A five-minute clip in which legendary rocker Sammy Hagar talks about the creation of his first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, can be seen below.

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The highly anticipated effort is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24 in North America, September 29 in the U.K., and September 27 in the rest of Europe, and was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.
“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus” — Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008. Full details, including a complete artist list, cover art, track listing and presale information will be announced shortly.

The release of “Sammy Hagar And Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour which kicked off July 26 in Tucson and will wrap on September 7 in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar‘s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for VAN HALEN, MONTROSE and CHICKENFOOT. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, THE WABOS, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, Sammy Hagar says that nearly a decade after last performing with VAN HALEN, he’s happy to let his run in the band stay in the past. On September 24, Hagar releases his star-studded solo set, called “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers are Hagar‘s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

Hagar spoke to Rolling Stone and when asked if he would ever consider dueting with former touring partner and fellow VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, Hagar said, “It’s so hard! Because, probably, if he came to me, fuck yeah. I’ll do anything. But to go to him and put myself in that vulnerable position, I would get probably the wisest fucking crack that ever came out of his mouth. I don’t think Dave wants to sing with me. I don’t think Dave wants to be in the same room with me, to be honest with you. I don’t know if I intimidate him or if I piss him off or if he just flat don’t like me, or if he’s afraid of me. I don’t know what it is, but he and I do not get together. We tried. I gave it every shot I had on that tour. And I could care less. I mean, I’m totally over the guy.”

Hagar couldn’t let the VAN HALEN subject go, adding: “As a matter of fact, the whole idea of VAN HALEN — people ask me all the time, ‘What if Eddie [Van Halen] called you up and asked you to be back in that?’ I just hope he doesn’t do that. I’m so past it, and I’m so happy and proud of what we did, I wouldn’t want to tarnish it again like that ’04 tour. And now what they’re doing, acting like I was never in that band, just playing all that early material. . . How can they do that? But Dave can’t sing it, so what the fuck. It is what it is, and I’d just as soon let it be. Let them finish it off in their own way, and whatever happens, it’s all good. I would love to be friends with those guys. Michael Anthony is one of my dearest friends, and I don’t see why Ed and Al [Van Halen] shouldn’t be that, someday, in our lives. But until then, it’s all fine.”

For his new solo set, Sammy Hagar partially revived his early-’80s supergroup with JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, with the addition of his CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony and Chad Smith — a band which Hagar maintains is a force to be reckoned with. “That band is so good, that we got the first take on ‘Goin’ Down’ and we got the first take on ‘Personal Jesus’,” he said. “Y’know, we went ahead and took some more, but it was the first take that was fine that was the magic. When you’ve got musicians like that. . . We even wrote another song, I mean, we just jammed another song that coulda be another song instantly, [laughs] I was just out of time for, y’know, creating new songs. But that band right there, [laughs], which we’re calling HSAS, is capable of going in and recording an album in a week and going out on tour, like CHICKENFOOT and putting on a phenomenal show.”

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Sammy Hagar will release a star-studded solo set on September 24, called “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers are Hagar‘s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

Asked in a brand new interview with RollingStone.com if he was able to get every guest musician that he wanted, Hagar said: I didn’t really want to say this, but I’m completely honest: James Hetfield [METALLICA] is a dear friend and we hang out in Hawaii a lot. Kid Rock did the duet on ‘Knockdown Dragout’, which he recorded for me instantly. I would’ve just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done. After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the ‘Knockdown! Dragout!’ part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, ‘I’m completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.’ And then he said, ‘ . . . but it isn’t my style.’ And I said, ‘It’s OK. I still love you, James.'”

He added: “James has become just such a great frontman. He’s really powerful, and he doesn’t bullshit. He’s not up there doing cheap shit to become a good frontman, like I do. I’ll use a stupid line like, ‘Are we having any fun yet?’ just to get a reaction. And I know how to say something right before you end a song, so the band ends it and you get a big giant cheer because of something I said, and it sounds like they loved the song. I know all them little old veteran tricks. James doesn’t even use that shit and he’s still got charisma up the ass. He’s really strong, man.

“I really wanted him on there, but it doesn’t fit. I was cheating by sending him that song, because if he would’ve heard the whole album — if a METALLICA fan would’ve heard this album and bought it because he was on there, they would be pissed off. This isn’t a METALLICA record, you know? But he’s my friend, and I would’ve loved to have had him on it.”

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Andrew WK: Bloody brilliant

This guy. THIS GUY!

Prince Of Party, Andrew WK, has added yet another reason to be crowned the Greatest Human Ever by setting a new Guinness World Record. Andrew managed the pretty inhuman feat of an uninterrupted 24-hour drumming session, being joined for parts of his mammoth session by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Questlove from The Roots.

Our Andrew mid-making history

“WE DID IT!!! 24 HOURS OF DRUMMING!!!,” tweeted the man himself after setting the record this past weekend. “Remember… I didn’t do it, WE did it. You were with me every beat. I feel very emotional and party.”

Check out a video of Andrew’s final, triumphant seconds here

Congrats to that man!

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His drum marathon ended today, but he didn’t expect it to cause so much physical pain. Watch videos from the event here.

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The drum cover video contest is sponsored by Pearl, Sabian, Remo, Vater and Jammit
in conjunction with The Chad Smith Drum App.

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