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Music, All Shook Down What Happens When Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Pat Monahan Hang Out?

What Happens When Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Pat Monahan Hang Out?

The Good Ol' Boys: Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty…
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Music, Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty big haul for the…
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Music, All Shook Down Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Many More to Play Acoustic Cancer Benefit at the Fillmore

Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Many More to Play Acoustic Cancer Benefit at the Fillmore

Autumns in the Bay Area have long been marked by Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Starting this year, we're getting a similarly high-profile acoustic benefit concert in the spring. On May 15, Sammy Hagar is…
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Music, The Sons of Bay Area Rock Royalty Want Your Help Starting a Band

The Sons of Bay Area Rock Royalty Want Your Help Starting a Band

"The first rule of FightClub is, talk about FightClub!!" says Aaron Hagar, the affable son of Sammy. The younger Hagar recently started a sort of mini-supergroup called FightClub, comprised of the sons of Bay Area rock royalty — guys like…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Musicians Who Believe in Alien Life, Other Than Shaun Ryder

5 Musicians Who Believe in Alien Life, Other Than Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder: ex-Happy Mondays vocalist, frequently-intoxicated loudmouth, and a man embodying so much English working class swagger, he makes Liam Gallagher look like a pansy. Mr. Ryder is an unforgettable character, but not someone you'd think about leaving in charge…
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Music, All Shook Down Smash Mouth and Guy Fieri Team Up For a Bro-Down Cookbook

Smash Mouth and Guy Fieri Team Up For a Bro-Down Cookbook

Hide your kids, hide your wife: The apocalypse of interdisciplinary bro-downs will soon be upon us. Smash Mouth, the Bay Area's most vilified one-hit wonders, has high-fived Guy Fieri, the Bay Area's most maligned reality TV chef, to get some…
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Music, All Shook Down Carlos Santana Endorses Tequila Brand, No Word Yet on Drink-Off with Sammy Hagar

Carlos Santana Endorses Tequila Brand, No Word Yet on Drink-Off with Sammy Hagar

Carlos Santana, your local guitar god, is endorsing some expensive tequila brand called Casa Noble. Wow. Cool. Amaaazing. Okay, not really. Apparently the 10-time Grammy winner has a "passion for excellence" or something, and so do the people at…
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Music, All Shook Down Sammy Hagar: Rich on Booze and Business, Not Rock 'n' Roll

Sammy Hagar: Rich on Booze and Business, Not Rock 'n' Roll

Wait, so you think that being in Van Halen made Marin County's own Sammy Hagar wealthy? Not quite. Actually, it was the booze -- Hagar's famous Cabo Wabo tequila brand and Cabo San Lucas restaurant -- and various other business…
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Dining, SFoodie Steaks for Rad Boomers, Veggies for Interior Designers

Steaks for Rad Boomers, Veggies for Interior Designers

SFoodie spent Saturday mopping the kitchen floor (no, seriously ― it'd been a long time), but the Tablehopper?…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle Hometown guitar hotshot Joe Satriani, who taught Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett among others, shredded like the bald god he is Thursday night at the Fox Theater, and even brought out pal Sammy Hagar for the encore. Local writer Michael…
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Music, All Shook Down Hometown Shredder Joe Satriani Rocks the Fox with Sammy Hagar and an Army of Fanboys

Hometown Shredder Joe Satriani Rocks the Fox with Sammy Hagar and an Army of Fanboys

Joe SatrianiNed Evett & Triple DoubleJanuary 13, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Hearing Machine Head in high-school detention hall. There's just something about the title of Joe Satriani's new album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, that faintly shrieks "sausage…
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Sammy Hagar Has a Posse Aerosmith sucks: Apparently Sam Prestianni doesn't remember Aerosmith from the '80s when they were all so wasted they couldn't tie their own shoes or show up for a performance . Yep,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Francis & the Lights' iPad Album, Sammy Hagar is a Joke, All Shook Down Fest

In Print: Francis & the Lights' iPad Album, Sammy Hagar is a Joke, All Shook Down Fest

Does the album matter anymore? Does anyone care? Do you know what a CD is? Okay, kidding on the last point (kinda), but clearly the music industry is looking for some new, marketable format to sell to music lovers. After…
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Music, Aerosmith vs. Sammy Hagar: One embodies arena-rock greatness, the other taints it

Aerosmith vs. Sammy Hagar: One embodies arena-rock greatness, the other taints it

Aerosmith has long been one of the great live rock bands. With a wide-mouthed androgyne on the mike and a deep setlist of decades-spanning tunes to pump listeners full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll fantasies, these badasses outta…
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Music, Bouncer Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Lately, to my delight, there's been a spate of incredibly crappy busking goin' round various BART and Muni stations. Don't get me wrong: I like the good musicians, too, but the bad ones really make my day. There are two…
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Van Halen Riff The gentlemen of arena rock: What's wrong with Sammy Hagar? He was part of the first two real American hard-rock bands, Montrose and Mountain. Yes, Van Halen is better with…
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Music, Bouncer

Sammy Hagar's tequila paradise

Working in Marin, you see a lot of celebrities. For example, I once saw Andre Agassi buying a Christmas tree. My Sean Penn sightings are numerous — we eat breakfast at the same place. Then there is James Hetfield, who…
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Music, Right Now

Right Now

Michael Anthony used to drink Jack Daniel's straight from the bottle. The fleshy Van Halen bassist, whose body once looked as if it were held together by Bisquick and bourbon, would gulp the stuff down right onstage, draining liter bottles…
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Music, Tool(s) of the Man

Tool(s) of the Man

The two are rarely thought of together, but Sammy Hagar actually played a significant role in bringing Mickey Hart's latest book and CD Spirit Into Sound into existence. Hart -- Grateful Dead drummer, solo artist, and rhythm scholar -- had…
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Dining, Eat The Doctor Is <i>In</i>

The Doctor Is In

According to one legend currently circulating at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, it all began as follows: Many centuries ago, a storm swept over the plains of western Mexico, and a thin finger of lightning bridged the gap between heaven and earth,…
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