SAMMY HAGAR: My Fans 'Touch My Heart Like Nothing Else'

George A. Paul of recently conducted an interview wwith Sammy Hagar. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Q: You were here in San Bernardino last week when the county Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation for Sammy Hagar Day. What was that experience like?

Hagar: "It's an honor but at the same time, I'm like a fish out of water. I refuse to get dressed up for anything. I just can't come out of my element."

Q: What did your mother, who lives in the area, think about it?

Hagar: "It's a great thing for the family, especially my mom. We were very poor — I'm not trying to cry the blues here. My mom picked fruit in every field and orange grove in (Fontana) when we were growing up...She wasn't like some high society lady around town. (Standing) there with her son made her proud. That was really awesome."

Q: From the mid-to-late '60s, you and WABOS drummer David Louser played in local bands together like MOBILE HOME and JUSTICE BROTHERS. And you would perform at Fairmount Park in Riverside and Nite Club in San Bernardino. How did you meet?

Hagar: "A friend of mine had a record store in Colton that sold British imports...I walk into this guy's store dressed up like a rock star because I thought I was one, but I didn't have a band. He was a guitar player and really good ... He's sitting behind the counter playing some Clapton guitar licks and said, 'Come try out for my band.' David was in this band and I got the job."

Q: With this tour and the village setup, was the goal to make sure people have the time of their lives?

Hagar: "That's really what it's all about. Fame and fortune? I've had enough of that for 300 people. I really get (excited) seeing people say, 'That was a blast' or reading fans on the Internet go, 'That was the best show I've ever been to'...that makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing."

Q: It sounds like you have a special bond with your fans.

Hagar: "If I had to lose them suddenly and they were out of my life, I would feel so empty...My wife and family, that's all wonderful, but the gift I get from those people. They just touch my heart like nothing else."

Read the entire interview at


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