LAKE TAHOE, NV - Rocker Sammy Hagar made an appearance at his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Friday to celebrate its grand reopening.
“The place has never looked better,” Hagar said. “The food has never been better and this isn’t just a makeover, we actually redesigned the menu, added a lot of new items and the chefs really came through. I gotta say I’m happy.”
And fans were happy when he took the Cantina’s new stage for an impromptu number.
“The fans, oh man, they’re just the stuff,” Hagar said. “Everybody goes, ‘Sammy, how they always come to your places and how come you can make tequila and its successful and other guys try to do it and can’t’? I think the bottom line to the success I’ve had with my fans is it’s a mutual thing, I love them and they love me and it’s because they always support what I do that I will never ask them to do anything that isn’t fun and great.”
Tickets to see his band Chickenfoot at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe this weekend have been sold out for months. Good news for business owners in an area that’s seen its share of economic downturn.
“We’ve got nine strong concert acts planned for this summer, it’s probably going to be our strongest summer concert series yet,” Harrah’s Regional President John Koster said. “Sammy is going to be the grand finale on September first over Labor Day.”
Tickets for that show go on sale this weekend. And the Red Rocker has it all planned out.
“I’m having Sammy and the Wabos come out for all the live stuff, then I’m going to bring Michael Anthony out and we’re going to do some of the Van Halen catalog stuff and then I’ll bring out the former members of Montrose that are still alive, the bass player and drummer and I’ll have Joe Satriani in for Ronnie and we do a Montrose tribute which is fantastic,” Hagar said. “We did it for his family when we did a charity event and it was so much fun I want to bring that here and at the end we’ll bring out Chickenfoot and finish the whole thing up. It’s like four decades of rock for me, it’s all the different things I’ve done in my career and I want to squeeze them into the cream of the crop and put them into one show and it’s my dream to do that for a world tour.”
There’s also a Chickenfoot tour and other possible business ventures.
“I’ve learned that if there’s anything you can call me a genius for it’s I’ve learned how to roll my work into my fun and I do both together,” Hagar said. “Like that on stage, that was work and later when I play with Chickenfoot that’s my job, how bout that? I also have to taste my rum and tequila to make sure they taste good and I have to go around to my restaurants and taste the food to make sure it’s good, then I have to go home to my beautiful wife and kids.”
He says between touring and taking care of business he’d be interested in opening another restaurant but not another Cabo Wabo.
“We’ve got three Cabo Wabo’s – Vegas, Cabo and here and I wouldn’t want to take a chance on another one,” Hagar said. “Really my new restaurant where I give most of the money away to kids is called Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill, that’s about it. After that I gotta get re-inspired.”