January 06, 2004

If your New Year's was anything like ours, you

probably don't remember much of it. But Cabo San Lucas

transplant Sammy Hagar is one dude who had a pretty memorable

New Year's celebration from the sounds of it. First off, not only did it

stretch well into the 2nd of January, but it involved Red Hot Chili

Pepper Chad Smith filling in on drums during a performance, and

a few drinks shared with Nickelback's Chad and Mike Kroeger.

And if you need ask what their drink of choice probably was, then

we'll pass it over to Hagar himself so he can remind you of his

favorite libation.  (Actuality #1) "I became a fan of real tequila the

first time I ever tasted it, in the town of Tequila.  And it blew my

mind because most of the stuff we grew up on is stuff that you end

up in the bathroom throwing up.  So when I opened The Cabo

Wabo, a long time ago, I built it to be a tequila bar."  Of course

Sammy's referring his bar down in Cabo San Lucas. His next

engagement will be a little less hedonistic -- Sammy and his band,

The Waboritas, will be doing a benefit performance for Tony La

Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California.

The benefit, which takes place tomorrow, will raise funds to save

dogs and cats who've run out of time at public shelters.