Sammy Gigs for Free?

November 01, 2012 by KLRed


In a recent interview with CNBC, the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar discusses the current status of the music industry and his role in it. Hagar says that he is well aware that a band starting out today is faced with a different reality than he was when he started out in the music industry in the late sixties.

Hagar acknowledges that these days he basically plays music for free, while living off his other business ventures, like Cabo Wabo Tequila, and his latest product, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum: "I like playing music for free. I no longer play music for a living. I pay my band, my crew, everybody else, but I don’t look for it in my income. I don’t have to do it. We should take the business out of it. I’m fortunate that I have other ways to make a living."

Hagar, who has been busy touring behind the latest Chickenfoot album earlier in the year, notices the difference in what's popular today versus when he started out, saying: "There’s all kinds of bigger stars than me. On the Internet they get a hundred million hits. I put my stuff up there, I get thirty or forty thousand. What’s up with that?"

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 2  Redhead Comments

kelliwayne's picture

This is one of the many reasons I tell people I am a fan. I can usually go to a show for $55 or less (unless of course I have to pay airfare or hotel) and I have every opportunity to get up front without paying the extra fees since most shows I've ever been to are gen adm. Try that with Aerosmith and you'll pay a FORTUNE! Thank you Sammy!!

redrocker327's picture

I don't totally see this as him saying that there will be shows played for free. I see him saying that he himself doesn't get much if any money from the show revenue. He says that money from his shows goes to the other band members and the crew.

Wendy Layman's picture

Sammy "Red Rocker" this is what makes you stand out from the rest of the is not about the money. It is about the music and the fans. You are AWESOME!!!!!

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