Friday, October 26, 2012

VIDEO: Sammy Hagar talks music business with CNBC

Sammy Hagar - aka the Red Rocker - just keeps keepin’ on.

Hagar celebrated his 65th birthday a few weeks ago with his annual series of Birthday Bash concerts at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Next year, Sammy is planning a new live show called “4 Decades Of Rock,” which will see him mark 40 years since the release of the debut Montrose album by building an evening featuring highlights from his lengthy career.

And Chickenfoot just reissued their 2009 debut as a deluxe double-disc version that features live tracks recorded on the band's "Different Devil" tour this past spring while supporting its sophomore album, "Chickenfoot III."

On top of all these projects, Sammy has his chains of restaurants and bars, as well as his new Beach Bar Rum drink.

Hagar spoke with CNBC about some of these projects, as well as his take on the changes in the music business.

“I sold almost a hundred million records in all my incarnations and made a lot of money - enough to put me in all these other businesses and make me secure for the rest of my life, so I can’t complain about what’s going on,” explains Sammy. “I like playing music for free. I think it should take the business out of it, so now you gotta reinvent yourself.”

“I’m fortunate that I have other ways to make a living. I no longer play music for a living,” he continues. “I got my band, my crew, I pay everybody else, but I don’t look for it for my income so, therefore. I don’t have to do it.”

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