Sammy Hagar, the former entrepreneur singer of Van Halen, longtime solo artist and current bandleader of The Circle, has no qualms about admitting that he makes more money with his business ventures as a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages and spokespersons than with the music itself.
Hagar, 74, is currently promoting Santo Tequila, the liquor brand he launched with popular foodie TV personality Guy Fieri. Prior to that, Hagar’s signature spirit was Cabo Wabo Tequila, based on its main Mexican watering hole, the Cabo Wabo Cantina, and its flagship location in Baja, California. The ex-Van Halen singer has also just released a book on drink mixology.
Watch the video at the bottom of this article.
Asked by TMZ on July 4 if he derives more from his drinking and non-music opportunities than from recording and performing, Hagar replies in an interview clip, “It’s true, yes, it’s absolutely true.”
The musician known as ‘Red Rocker’ continues, “That’s what makes it so great for me. … If you’re lucky enough to be successful outside of music, that makes it so much better in your old age. . Like now, I’m 70 and still playing music.”
Hagar explains, “You know why? Because I don’t have to do this for a living; I don’t have to do this as a business. So I can pay my band more than they can earn.” [elsewhere], and they are happy. They are happy to play with me. We all get on stage, and we’re happy to do it, because we don’t have to do it.”
He adds: “When you’ve been doing it for as long as I have – man, unless you’re [The Rolling Stones guitarist] Keith Richards, who I think couldn’t do anything but play music. … [But] many people do it for the money. And they come out and they punch the clock.”
This is not the case for Hagar. “We do it for fun,” he explains. “It’s almost like we’re in a garage band again, because I make a living in another way. And music is something I love to do. But if someone says, ‘Hey , you have to play 150 concerts this year, ‘ I would say to them, ‘I quit.'”
See Hagar’s upcoming tour dates below the video.
Sammy Hagar says he makes money from booze and bars, music is just for fun
Sammy Hagar & The Circle 2022 Tour Dates
July 8 – Prior Lake, Minnesota @ Lakefront Music Fest
July 16 – Highland, CA @ Yamava Theater
August 6 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Resort
August 21 – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
August 23 – Clarkston, Michigan @ Pine KnobTheatre
August 24 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Ctr
August 26 – Maryland Heights, Missouri @ Hollywood Casino
August 27 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino
August 29 – Greenwood Village, Colorado @ Fiddler’s Green
August 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amp.
September 1 – Bend, Oregon @ Hayden Homes Amp.
September 3 – Ridgefield, Wash. @ RV Inn Resort
September 4 – Auburn, Wash. @ White River Amp.
September 7 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 9 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amp.
September 10 – Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amp.
September 16 – Houston, Texas @ Mitchell Pavilion
September 17 – Irving, Texas @ Toyota Pavilion
October 1 – Lincoln, Calif. @ Thunder Valley
October 9 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico @ Cabo Wabo
October 11 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico @ Cabo Wabo
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