Are We Having Any Fun Yet?
Just ask Sammy Hagar: He wrote the book.
Hagar and the Circle (Vic Johnson on guitar, Michael Anthony on bass and Jason Bonham on drums) will stop in Lake Tahoe Saturday night as part of the band’s tour “Journey Through the History of Rock,” featuring music spanning Hagar’s 40-year career. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the opener, Garage Boys, at Harveys Outdoor Arena. Tickets to the general admission show are $69.50 in advance and $75 at the door if the performance is not sold out.
A Grammy Award winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Red Rocker has been a busy man this summer. His book — “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” — hits the shelves Sept. 15 and when he’s finished with his summer rock tour, Hagar will be back on the road signing autographs and answering that rhetorical question.
“I’m so excited about this book I can’t tell you,” Hagar wrote in a recent blog. “Yesterday, I read half of it in one sitting – and I wrote it!! Ha.”
The book includes some of his recipes for success: “It was so much fun thinking of all my favorite foods I’ve eaten in my life going back to my grandparents’ and my mom’s home cooking… It really explains who I am and where I am in my life today. It truly is a manual for my personal lifestyle, which I’m not complaining about.”
In addition to his life as a rock and roll star, Hagar owned Cabo Wabo cantinas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Las Vegas and, of course, Lake Tahoe, along with five Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill restaurants and Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar Grill in Roseville, which opened three years ago. He’s also the purveyor of fine spirits, Cabo Wabo Tequilla (a brand he has sold off) and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.
Hagar likes to put it in high gear when he drives. He recently took delivery of a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari a $1.3 million, 949-hp “rocket” as Road & Track describes it.
“This car is much faster than I ever imagined. It sounds like a monster of some kind.” Hagar wrote in his blog. “It gets way more attention than I want (daaah!)”
Hagar visited Enzo Ferrari’s famed office at Pista di Fiorano, Italy, at Ferrari’s test track, the day Road & Track, took the car out for a spin for its road review article in July’s edition. The magazine noted Hagar is “the ‘I Can’t Drive 55’ guy and a serial Ferrari owner.”
Expect to hear that song Saturday night: “One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey!/Well, there’s too much traffic. I can’t pass, no/So I tried my best illegal move/A big black and white come and crushed my groove again/Go on and write me up for one twenty five/… I can’t drive 55 … I can’t drive 55.”
Hagar’s son Aaron lives in South Lake Tahoe. Has Sammy let Aaron take the Ferrari out for a spin?
“Hell no!!,” Aaron Hagar wrote in a Facebook message.
Also expect to hear songs from Hagar’s days as lead singer for Montrose (“Rock Candy”) and Van Halen (“Poundcake” and “Why Can’t This Be Love”), and with drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, fans will hear some Zep covers, as well. Recent concerts have featured “Good Times Bad Times” along with “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock and Roll.”
After the rock rolls at Harveys Outdoor Arena on Saturday, fans can speed over to Cabo Wabo for an afterburner, ah, after-party.