SAMMY HAGAR Birthday Report From Cabo

October 15, 2004

According to a report at, VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar headed back to northern California yesterday after wrapping up a record-breaking six-night run at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas. Joined onstage each night by his beloved WABORITAS (drummer David Lauser, bassist Mona and guitarist extraordinaire Vic Johnson),Sammy spread the love and shared the stage as a welcome mat for musical guests Michael Anthony, Kenny Chesney, NICKELBACK's Chad Kroeger, Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS),Billy Duffy (THE CULT) and Steve Harwell (SMASH MOUTH) over the six-night run.

Sammy's Birthday Bash (Oct. 13) set list began with some of Sammy's acoustic renditions including "Halfway to Memphis" with his son Aaron. Things got electric as the WABORITAS hit the stage along with Cantrell for "Finish What You Started", "No Excuses" and "Man in the Box". Billy Duffy joined for "Rock Candy" while Chad Kroeger hit it with "Love Removal Machine". Michael Anthony grabbed the bass for such classics as "Why Can't This Be Love" and "One Way To Rock".

Sammy's wife Kari surprised her Birthday Boy by coming on stage dressed from tip to toe like Marilyn Monroe, giving him some love face-first with birthday cake. That was the cue for a larger 3' x 6' birthday cake that was being passed through the packed house ...and then on the ceiling, the floors, the walls and the fans. All in good fun, except for those that had to clean up the mess when the Cantina finally cleared at 3am.

Earlier in the week, Kenny Chesney and his band headlined the Cabo Wabo stage. The three-hour and 40 minute show included 90 minutes of Kenny's own tunes, followed by Sammy and VAN HALEN bass player Michael Anthony joining Kenny and electric guitarist, Clayton Mitchell, on everything from MONTROSE and VAN HALEN, HANK WILLIAMS and JOHNNY CASH. The evening's highlights included "Fall in Love Again" and a show-stopping "Where Eagles Fly", both with crowd participation and enough chill bumps to possibly make the audience forget the 90+ degree temperature in the Cantina.

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