Sammy Hagar

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Riff Raff live is good, but not nearly as good as Riff Raff on the Internet

    I drove all the way to Colorado Springs once because I heard a Myspace scene queen was going to be at a house party I was invited to. I wanted to see if she was real. She was. Seeing Riff Raff at the Bluebird last night felt similar; I went to see if Jody Highroller was real. When you observe and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Why do musicians endorse candidates?

    There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Film on the Rocks tonight, Footloose: Here's our five favorite tunes to get you in the mood

    ​Sure, everyone loves summer, but here in Denver we have one more reason than most places: Film on the Rocks. And we're smiling just a little bit wider and shaking our booties a little harder today because the movie showing tonight is Footloose. Fight the man with dance! Everyone knows how upt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Van Halen: Is Hagar finally cooler than Roth? Uh, no... unless he really was abducted by aliens.

    ​Sammy. Sammy. Sammy. It must be difficult for a rock star in a rad band like Van Halen to be constantly competing with his predecessor, but this who's-better nonsense has gone on too long and now... too far. Sammy Hagar has just released his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Behind the bar with Jimmy Zanon of Lola

    ​Jimmy Zanon grew up in Oregon, and in 1998 moved to Colorado for college. He fell in love with both his future wife and the restaurant business here and decided to stay in Denver, where you can currently find him behind the bar at Lola. Now serving: Jimmy Zanon.

  • News

    September 10, 2009
  • Music

    September 10, 2009


    Friday, September 11, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Clutch, Airborne Toxic Event, Chickenfoot Shows announced

    Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are ChickenfootOn the surface it might seem a bit strange throwing Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith together, but the four apparently gelled so well that they decided to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    DNC vs. RNC: Denver's stars kicked ass, St. Paul's not so much

    Frankly, I would have preferred David Lee Roth. Lucky thing for the Republicans that Sarah Palin became a media sensation during her Republican National Convention spotlight address. After all, John McCain proved with his acceptance remarks last night that he's not among the country's most scintil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Vintage Q&A With David Lee Roth

    Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Van Halen

    The VH saga continues. Welcome to Chapter IV, the Peppermint Patty years.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006


    Music biopics Hollywood won't make.

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Sometimes it pays to be a D.O.R.K.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong.

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002


    No Way, Jose

  • Film

    September 19, 2002

    Rye Commentary

    Igby shows, once again, that money can't buy happiness.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002


    If this summer’s concert season has an encore, we’d rather skip it.

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    Keep On Rockin', Baby

    Guitarist Shannon Curfman brings something new to the teen craze. It's called talent.

  • Music

    July 23, 1998
  • Music

    April 30, 1998
  • News

    September 4, 1997
  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    It Was All Eddie's Fault

    Just try to stop Sammy Hagar from telling how Van Halen did him wrong.

  • Music

    July 24, 1997
  • Music

    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

  • Music

    July 19, 1995



  • Music

    March 15, 1995