Sammy Hagar Just One Of Many Rock Stars Willing To Whore Themselves Out

Jan 11th, 2007 // 5 Comments

We didn’t intend for the site to become “all Hagar, all the time” this week, but you follow the news where it leads, and Sammy’s cameo in this L.A. Times story about rockers playing corporate gigs is too good not to highlight:

“I mean, we used to make fun of Huey Lewis for doing all these corporate shows, but he would just shrug and say, ‘It’s a good life. Forty-five minutes for a couple hundred thousand’ … but I just hated the idea, doing some big arena show in some little corporate building or something. It felt cheesy to me. But then when Dylan did it, I started thinking, ‘Who am I to be so uppity about this?’ “

Where did this conversation take place, we wonder? Greg Kihn’s grotto? But we digress:

Still, Hagar at first refused when Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, called several years ago to hire him to sing “There’s Only One Way to Rock” at the billionaire’s birthday party. Then Cuban mentioned the private plane, the plan to stage the show at the arena in Dallas and, of course, a particularly large sum of money.

“The money,” Hagar said, “was very good. I won’t say how much, but it was good. But I didn’t do it for the money…. Well, maybe I did.”

Hagar had to earn it, though. He described the show as one of the most awkward stage experiences of his three-decade career. “There were 70 people in the audience, so we have this huge, empty arena. But we did a full-blown, 45-minute show, lights and everything. The front row was filled with Mavericks players, and half of them, you know, they didn’t know us or care about our music. And they were so tall they were looking me right in the eye. The whole thing was just plain weird.”

So now we know that Hagar will be prepared for his next high-profile awkward gig. Meanwhile, the story notes that while there are still a few holdouts (U2, Springsteen), the private-show industry is thriving, thanks to left-over dot-com money and Russian turnip magnates. One of the most intriguing shows, however, is a Pittsburgh soiree last weekend in which Robin Williams and Christina Aguilera co-headlined; we can only imagine which one of them had the screechier, more melodramatic green room.

You Too Can Rent A Rock Star [LA Times]

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  1. Dan Gibson

    I’d like to point out that I’m available to make witty comments on any private blogs out there for a negotiable fee.

  2. Jude

    All things equal–what’s the going rate for Hagar gigs/appearances featuring his bluegrass versions of Van Halen classics?

    Greg Kihn’s grotto? Really/No Shit?? Well, Greg Kihn has a grotto…that’s just…..just, inKihnceivable!

  3. Mick Kraut

    My wife hired Martin Zellar from the Gear Daddies for a corporate event in Minneapolis a couple of years back…well, he’s world famous in the Twin Cities…

    That Pittsburgh thing was a birthday party for the founder of 84 Lumber…which, if your not familiar with Western Pennsylvania, was the lumber yard/hardware store of choice when I was growing up in the area…this was before the advent of Home Depot…

  4. Pete the Chop

    And may U2 hold out forever.

  5. Butch Huskey

    Sammy once said he spent $400k on an non-street legal car to be shipped from Europe, he never got the car and later the FBI told him to let it go since the seller had mob-ties … so he ate $400k cash on a car … a car that he never got …

    so i kind of believe that he doesnt care about the money

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