It's nearly impossible for me now to pinpoint the exact moment my own dream of pop stardom died. That phase seemed to fade interminably, the way adult contemporary songs do. But I'm sure I've been a better music fan because of it. No longer do I measure my feeble songwriting efforts against my favor ... More >>
Kool and the Gang
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired.
There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the kind of unabashed hedonism -- a "bring me the skull of Sammy Hag ... More >>
Even before putting together this week's feature on the band, we'd gotten the feeling that maybe Van Halen's cock-swinging, getting-tired-early reunion tour wasn't quite the hot ticket some thought it might be.
And either we're right about that, or the band and its, promoter Live Nation, are feeli ... More >>
It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows.
Maybe it isn't that strange, though: When we saw the two bands together earlier this year at Madison Squ ... More >>
Ronnie Montrose, the intense guitarist and songwriter who led the band Montrose and helped bring Sammy Hagar to the world's attention, died Saturday, March, 3, of complications from prostate cancer, according to a posting on his website. He was 64.
Throughout a 40-year career, Montrose worked with ... More >>
The incomparable frontman David Lee Roth is on board both for Van Halen's 2012 North American tour -- which stops in the Bay Area in June -- as well as the band's forthcoming album A Different Kind of Truth, the first Van Halen album he's appeared on since the iconic 1984. The tour is set to arrive ... More >>
Van Halen -- Partying like it's 1983 (actually).
Apparently it's the mid-1980s again: Van Halen has finished recording its new album with David Lee Roth back on vocals for the first time since 1984's 1984, according to Metal Insider.
Two lucky souls, selected for their enormous contributions ... More >>
"Bring it, Sammy"
Carlos Santana, your local guitar god, is endorsing some expensive tequila brand called Casa Noble. Wow. Cool. Amaaazing.
Okay, not really. Apparently the 10-time Grammy winner has a "passion for excellence" or something, and so do the people over at this particular Jalisc ... More >>
As we all know, rock gods are a vital piece of the world's
cultural fabric. Think of how much duller Earth would be if Iggy Pop hadn't
developed a lust for life, David Lee Roth had never jumped, and Def Leppard had
never prompted hysteria. The world needs more rock gods. But how do you become
one ... More >>
Hagar would make the raddest B-School prof, ever.Wait, so you think that being in Van Halen made Marin County's own Sammy Hagar wealthy? Not quite. Actually, it was the booze -- Hagar's famous Cabo Wabo tequila brand and Cabo San Lucas restaurant -- and various other business ventures that now ha ... More >>
In memoriam to Dio, S.F. metal band Space Vacation dedicates their show tonight at the Hemlock to the beloved singer, saying he had "a voice so powerful, that I never realized I was maced when I saw him play at Metal Masters!"
With their arena rock harmonies, dramatic vocals, and a tendency for ... More >>