A “Ronnie Montrose Tribute” featuring classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose band singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar. That album and the sadly, final Ronnie Montrose swan song album “10×10” and veteran Styx bass player/ producer Ricky Phillips who joins us here In the Studio.
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“OU812” by Van Halen topped the US sales chart in Summer 1988, captured like a Polaroid snapshot in this time capsule of an interview featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar. A lot of tequila has run under the bridge since then, but even thirty-five year old mescal can’t alter the fact that these guys were having too much fun then, fans were selling out football stadiums coast to coast and gobbling up more than 4,000,000 copies of “OU812″…
After years of struggle as the undercard rock palooka who could take a punch and never go down, in 1984 Sammy Hagar answered the bell and came out swinging, scoring a technical knockout with his mainstream hit “I Can’t Drive 55” from his eighth solo album “VOA”. Then in 1987 Sammy won by a knockout with his solo album “I Never Said Goodbye”, at #14 his highest charting album ever, and that while being newly installed as Van Halen’s lead singer. Sammy Hagar is my guest In the Studio.
“It took me sixteen hours to get to Dallas Texas today!”, sings Sammy Hagar to the huge crowd near the end of this legendary free concert in the blocked off streets of downtown Dallas Texas that sunny December afternoon during the performance with Van Halen of his anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55”.
It is the 40th anniversary of the pivotal album in Sammy Hagar’s long career, “Standing Hampton”…
Sammy Hagar live from Cabo Wabo Cantina in 1997 with a smoking medley of “Marching to Mars/ There’s Only One Way to Rock”
For the 35th anniversary, the late Eddie Van Halen’s interview In the Studio is included with Sammy Hagar, brother Alex Van Halen, & Michael Anthony for the story of “5150”.
For Van Halen ” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” , we present an ultra-rare “fly on the wall” listen to the biggest hard rock band in America in 1991. The late Eddie Van Halen, brother Alex, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar had the #1-selling album on the Billboard chart containing “Poundcake”,”Judgment Day, “Runaround”, “Right Now”, and “Top of the World” when we had this lively conversation. This complete interview with all four members has never been heard, & it is now quite historic with the leaving of Sammy Hagar about five years later, & the passing of Eddie Van Halen in 2020.
the leaders of the pioneering bands who forged the foundation of Heavy Metal: Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Roger Glover; Alice Cooper; Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS; Rob Halford of Judas Priest; the late Ronnie Montrose & his discovery Sammy Hagar; Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush
In memoriam : the echoes In the Studio of Neil Peart of Rush, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, Paul Barrere of Little Feat, plus David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Chris Squire & Alan White of YES, Chris Cornell. Part two.