Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.
GIMME RED! I've been waiting a long time to hear this story.
I agree with CaboJonny, this audiobook would have been a lot better if Sammy had read it. Being a die hard "Red Head" I bought it knowing it wouldn't be Sam telling the story. It's still a pretty darn good read (or listen). This book takes you into the bands world and trust me, it ain't so nice. Beware all you Eddie Van Halen worshippers. You're going to hear stories that shows a side of Ed that are just downright disappointing. He's without question one of the greatest guitar players of all time but as a human being, he ain't so great. Still, seven hours and change worth of entertainment for under twenty bucks is a bargin. If you love rock in all it's filthy glory, this is the one for you. BUY IT.
Why Can't This Be Sammy?
The 5 stars is for the BOOK itself....which no QUESTION is going to kick you-know-what....
This review is simply to say that the AUDIOBOOK of Sam's story would have been EPIC if the Red Rocker himself narrated it...it woulda been an immediate purchase. Without Sam's emotion and unmistakable voice behind the stories, I just can't do it...as much as I'd want to. Coulda, woulda, shoulda....
I just got the book, and by reading the foreward by Mike Anthony, I know it's going to be an AWESOME life story...can't wait to read it on my way to Cabo in 2 days...perfect reading material for the beach!!
I am a full-blooded Redhead...make no mistake. I just wish I could play this audiobook and hear Sammy's voice...
What did I expect....?
I'm a long time Sammy fan. Love his music, his spirit, his energy. Never having personally met Sammy, of course I had no idea what he would really be like. I know what I wanted to hear. As with all those we idolize, we want the real person to be an honest, humble, hard-working person, who is a good father, husband, and friend. One who is faithful to his wife and loves his children and is selfless and always does what is right. Sammy shouldn't care what I think. He doesn't owe me any explanation for anything he does in his life. He's a rockstar in ever sense of the word. That lifestyle comes with drugs, women, sex, and moments when rockstars think of themselves first. What should have I expected? Over all, this tells it like it is, and Sammy describes his faults, as well as his big hart and fun-loving lifestyle. Glad to know he's now richer and happier than ever. Sammy gives great insight to the whole Van Halen years. Saddest moment for me was the end of Chapter 8 and beginning of Chapter 9. I have a 4-yr-old son and those thoughts stuck with me for days. Would have liked to have heard more about his family life with his mother, siblings, and children. Also, wished he hadn't sold out to Skyy. But hey...this is business. Good luck Sammy. Thanks for the honesty.