Sammy Hagar keeps Tahoe red, rocking

Never mind the solo red cup, when in Tahoe Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony prefer dual blue cups. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage
Never mind the solo red cup, when in Tahoe Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony prefer dual blue cups. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina 10th anniversary celebration coincides with the Red Rocker’s annual Cinco de Mayo weekend concerts across the street at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Sammy Hagar and the Wabos perform sellouts shows in the South Shore Room Friday and Saturday. Don’t be surprised to see the restaurant’s former owner appear onstage in the Cabo Wabo after the concerts.

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Vic Johnson and Sammy Hagar perform last year in the South Shore Room. They return this year for Cinco de Mayo weekend and an outdoor show Aug. 16. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

The slated band Thursday through Saturday is Left of Centre.

Hagar’s original Cabo Wabo is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The name came to Hagar when he described someone he saw stumbling in the road early one morning doing a “Cabo Wabo.”

Hagar also developed his own line of Cabo Wabo tequila, and had its image tattooed on his arm.

Hagar will celebrate a “Birthday Bash” in October in Mexico. The purchase of his new line of booze, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, will get a raffle ticket for the party. One pair of tickets will be raffled Friday and three pair more on Saturday. There will be Redhead buffets on Saturday and Sunday.

Hagar returns Aug. 16 for a concert at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. Called “A Journey Through the History of Rock,” the concert, which is part of a nationwide tour, includes Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson of the Wabos and drummer Jason Bonham. That show has not yet sold out.

Hagar first came to prominence with the band Montrose. Afterward, the Red Rocker went solo and displayed a penchant for stealing shows from headlining bands. It didn’t take long for Hagar to become the headliner. He later replaced David Lee Roth in the band Van Halen, which included Anthony on bass.

Hagar also is a member of the supergroup Chickenfoot, with Anthony, Joe Satriani and Michigan football fan Chad Smith, also known the drummer in the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hagar has a son, Aaron, who is an artist, musician and hot rod mechanic in South Lake Tahoe.

Sam and Dave, aka the Red Rocker and Bro Lauser during a Cinco de Mayo concert at Tahoe. Tahoe Onstage/ Tim Parsons
Sam and Dave, aka the Red Rocker and David “Bro” Lauser, during a 2013 Cinco de Mayo weekend  concert at Tahoe. Tahoe Onstage/ Tim Parsons

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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