Loveland Reporter-Herald Newspaper Interviews Patricia Walker

Last month, Loveland Reporter-Herald newspaper reporter Jessica Benes interviewed author Patricia Walker about her book “Dance of the Electric Hummingbird” and her relationship with rock star Sammy Hagar.

There is also an online version of the story here:

Photo credit: Jenny Sparks, Loveland Reporter-Herald

Sammy Hagar Gives Author Patricia Walker the Ultimate Shout-Out

During his recent concert at Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on October 9, 2012, Sammy Hagar talked about how important dreams are and how one must never give up on one’s dreams. He said that he wouldn’t be where he is today if he hadn’t held fast to that belief.



Joe Satriani performs with Sammy Hagar at Cabo Wabo




Then, to my complete surprise, he introduced me to the crowd, saying “I wanna bring up Pat.” (Video used with Sammy’s permission)

I didn’t know if he wanted me to get up onstage with him or if he just wanted to tell people about me. It happened so fast that all I could do was stand there in total disbelief as Sammy came over and grabbed my hand. Then he went on to tell the crowd that speaking of dreams, I was a perfect example of someone who had made her dreams come true. He said that I sent him poems many years ago, beautiful poems, and mentioned that I told him that I wanted to write a book someday about all my incredible experiences. Then he said that I went on to do just that. “She wrote this great book and people bought it…”

Sammy Hagar Cabo photo by Patricia Walker 2012

Sammy kept on talking and before I knew it, he was playing “Dreams” slow and low. “Dreams” was the song that started everything for me. It was the song he was playing when I had my out-of-body-experience during his concert back in 2003. I had never heard that song before that night.

By this time, tears were streaming down my face because my emotions were over-the-top. I felt like he was playing that song just for me although I knew he really wasn’t. Or was he? (After the show, a member of his road crew told me that “Dreams” wasn’t even on the setlist that night.) Then Vic Johnson, Sammy’s guitar player knelt down on one knee in front of me while playing his guitar. When I looked up at him, he too, had tears in his eyes…

What a night.


Sammy and his band The Wabos perform with Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver) at Cabo Wabo


Sammy also sells my book in the gift shop of his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico:









Since this incredible shout out, sales of DANCE OF THE ELECTRIC HUMMINGBIRD have skyrocketed. Yes, dreams DO come true. I am living proof. Thank you, Sammy!

Just in case you’re wondering, you don’t have to be a fan of Sammy Hagar or rock music to enjoy this book. It is for ANYONE who is looking for more out of life.

The madness… the magic… the music…

March 29, 2009

From the perspective of someone who has seen Sammy Hagar in concert more times than I can count, I can tell you his appeal is something that can only be appreciated by watching him perform live. His recordings are great; there are some I like more than others, but they don’t come close to the fever he generates between himself and his fans while he’s onstage.

Sammy tours all over the world, but he also does an annual week-long series of concerts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate his birthday in October.

No matter where he performs, Sammy includes the audience as part of every show. From the front row to the back, he’s in your face. He sweats on you, throws tequila on you, shares his drinks with you. Sometimes he pulls you onstage with him or holds the mic for you to sing a few words. (Which isn’t always a good thing in my case.) You never know what to expect.

He signs everything the fans offer—from bare body parts to album covers, posters and tee shirts.

His concerts are not just concerts; they’re wild, explosive parties, sometimes complete with confetti and balloons. Always with tequila.

Sammy Hagar in concert by Baja Rock Pat


Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo by D. Walker

Considering all the concerts by various big name rock or blues bands I’ve attended in my life, I have never seen anything like Sammy’s shows. At 61, Sammy has the energy of a 20-year-old. And when I’m in the audience, he makes me feel 20 again too.

During every show, between songs, Sammy talks to the crowd as if they are his best friends.

He has said more than once, “I know most of you on a first-name basis!”

It’s true.

He tells the audience things about his personal life in graphic detail.

The first time I heard this, I was shocked, but at the same time, I liked it. He was so bad… he was so good. He was genuine and didn’t care who didn’t like it.

Even now, he never fails to surprise me.

In interview after interview, Sammy reiterates how much his fans mean to him. In song after song, he sings about pursuing happiness and treating others the way you want to be treated. He strives to make people happy and show them a good time. And he succeeds.

Why else would middle-aged men and women—doctors, truck drivers, homemakers and insurance salesmen use their hard-earned money to fly to Mexico, spend entire nights sleeping on the cobblestone sidewalk merely for the chance to get tickets to see Sammy perform? It’s insane!

Sammy Hagar Cabo Line 2006

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo 2006

You have to see Sammy in concert to understand.

About Sammy Hagar

March 26, 2009

Inexhaustible Performer






Samuel Roy Hagar was born on Oct. 13, 1947 in Monterey, CA. Sammy’s dad was a professional boxer who held the title in the bantamweight division in the 1940’s. In his younger years, Sammy had planned on following in his father’s footsteps and he took up boxing—until the call of rock and roll seduced him. After performing with several different bands, he joined guitarist Ronnie Montrose and became the lead singer for Montrose in 1972. Their first album, self-titled “Montrose,” was released in 1973, followed by “Paper Money,” in 1974. Some of the most notable songs from these albums were: “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Rock Candy,” “Space Station #5” and “Rock the Nation.”

From there, Sammy went solo. His album “Nine on a Ten Scale” was released in 1976, with Bill Church on bass and Denny Carmassi on drums.

Sammy continued to build a name for himself in the world of rock music as he tirelessly cranked out one album after the other and enthusiastically toured to share his love of the game.

Some of his best known songs from this era are: “I’ll Fall in Love Again,” “There’s Only One Way to Rock,” “Remember the Heroes” and “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” along with what would come to be known as his mantra: “I Can’t Drive 55.”

During that time, his song “Red” earned him the nickname “The Red Rocker.”

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A short tour with HSAS (Hagar, Schon, Aaronson and Shrieve), featuring Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon, along with Michael Shrieve on drums and Kenny Aaronson on bass, produced one album, “Through the Fire,” released in 1984.

In 1985, legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen contacted Sammy for a jam session. It went so well that Sammy ended up replacing Van Halen’s departing lead singer, David Lee Roth. The band featured Eddie Van Halen on lead guitar, his brother Alex on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and Sammy on lead vocals. Although fans and critics were skeptical that Hagar could carry such a heavy-hitting rock band, in 1986, the newly-formed Van Halen proved themselves a volcanic force in the world of rock music as their first album, “5150” went to number one.

After more than 10 years together, things between the players began to go sour. Sammy and the Van Halen brothers went their separate ways.10-12-06 (14)

Ever the entertainer, Sammy went on to create his own band with his friend, drummer David Lauser, who had been working with Sammy on his solo projects since 1981. The band also included guitarist Victor Johnson, formerly of The Bus Boys (who kicks ass, by the way), Jesse Harms on keyboards and Mona on bass. Calling themselves The Waboritas, they later became known simply as The Wabos.

Between performing and recording with The Wabos, in 2004, Sammy also did a short-lived reunion tour with Van Halen and in 2007, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sammy and Mikey were the only members present at the ceremony to personally receive the honors.

Sammy’s most recent album, “Cosmic Universal Fashion” was released in 2008.

In June 2009, the supergroup Chickenfoot is poised to release their debut album. With Sammy as frontman, the band boasts guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith.

To date, Sammy has sold more than 60 million records worldwide.



Never Say Never

Sammy "The Red Rocker" Hagar

Samuel Roy Hagar was born on October 13, 1947, the youngest of four children. He grew up in the small town of Fontana, California, where his father was a steel worker and bantamweight professional boxer. But his dad was also a relentless alcoholic, so Sammy’s mother was forced to accept odd jobs to help support the family, including picking fruit in the local orchards. Sammy and his siblings often helped with the backbreaking chores.

Although at the time, Fontana boys were expected to grow up and work in the steel plant as their fathers had done, Sammy wanted more out of life.

That was when Elvis Presley hit the scene. Sammy was hooked. He knew that was what he wanted to do with his life—to sing and play music. And he was determined to make it happen.

After playing in various local rock bands, Sammy became the lead singer for Montrose in 1973, with whom he recorded two successful records before he went solo, recording nine albums, including a side project in 1997 with a band called HSAS (Hagar, Schon, Aaronson and Shrieve). In 1985, he joined the legendary rock band Van Halen, replacing David Lee Roth as lead singer. With Hagar behind the mic, Van Halen recorded four albums, all of which went to number one on the Billboard charts. He also recorded a solo album at that time, “I Never Said Goodbye” on which Eddie Van Halen played bass.

In 1990, Sammy opened the Cabo Wabo cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; the other members of Van Halen initially investing in the project as well. But when the bar began to falter within a few years, Sammy held fast to his dream, bought out the Van Halen brothers and restructured the entire business. Under new management, the Cabo Wabo cantina sprang to life once again. It continues to host live shows from famous performers all over the world and Sammy is known to pop in once in a while himself, sometimes to perform and sometimes just to chill. He also owns a house in Cabo, to which he retreats whenever possible.

Around this time, Sammy also began brewing his own premium tequila, which he also called Cabo Wabo. And in 2006, Cabo Wabo tequila was declared the number two premium tequila in the world. In 2007, Skyy/Campari purchased the brand to help distribute it worldwide.

When the Van Halen band broke up in 1996, Hagar’s driving spirit pushed him ever forward, and he went on to form his own band, The Wabos. To date, he has recorded eight more albums with The Wabos. He also did a reunion tour with Van Halen in 2004, and in 2007, along with the other members of Van Halen, he was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Sammy continues to record and tour with The Wabos and with Chickenfoot, a “supergroup” consisting of Hagar on lead vocals, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani on lead guitar, Michael Anthony (formerly of Van Halen) on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums. Chickenfoot’s debut album, “Chickenfoot” was released in 2009, and was met with rave reviews from music critics. Their second album, “Chickenfoot III” is due for release this fall, 2011.

Sammy’s autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, was published in April 2011, chronicling his life from his meager beginnings on through the break-up of Van Halen to his current role in Chickenfoot. The book became a #1 New York Times best seller.

In addition to his restaurant/bar in Mexico, Hagar also owns several Cabo Wabo cantinas across the nation—one in Las Vegas and one in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he performs regularly to sold-out crowds. He also owns “Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill” restaurants in Maui, HI and St. Louis, MO. These establishments donate their profits to local charities. Sammy plans to expand these outlets in the near future.

He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Kari, and daughters, Kama and Samantha. He also has two grown sons, Aaron and Andrew, from a previous marriage.

Who says one can’t accomplish anything one desires?

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