VAN HALEN and THE OTHER HALF bandmates Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were guests of the "Mark and Brian" show on 95.5 KLOS-FM in Los Angeles on Friday, June 2, 2006. Listen to a replay of the show at this location (Windows Media).

Hagar recently told that he's looking forward to touring alone this summer, because he's hoping this trek turns out better than his 2004 tour fronting VAN HALEN, the platinum-selling group he led from 1985 to 1996.

"It wasn't a great experience," Hagar said of the muchhyped VAN HALEN reunion shows. "Onstage, the fans made it a wonderful experience by being so receptive and so overwhelming. They made us all just look at each other and go, 'Oh my God, this is the greatest thing in the world.' So it took the edge off. But the second we went and left the stage or certainly building up to going onstage, I couldn’t even go (near guitarist Eddie Van Halen)."

Hagar is hitting the road with his regular band, the WABOS, and one of the year's most elaborate productions. His stage set is modeled after his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, only it's bigger and better than past models. A new solo CD, "Livin' It Up", is finished, and Hagar hopes to have a record deal in place shortly that will allow him get the CD in stores in the next few weeks.

The new CD centers on the fun-inthe-sun Cabo lifestyle set to Hagar's patented good-time hard rock sound.

"It's purely a lifestyle record," Hagar told "It's still a Sammy Hagar record, it's just totally aimed at my fans. There's no anger on it because I'm in a whole different space in my head and in my life today.

"The best way to describe this record for my fans is it's the manual for the way we live," he said.


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