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Heart's Nancy Wilson Weds Music Executive

5/1/2012 12:06pm EDT
Nancy Wilson
Heart star Nancy Wilson has married music executive Geoff Bywater.

The 58-year-old musician walked down the aisle at a ceremony in California on Saturday, and shared pictures of her big day on her page.

She writes, "Love was in the air last Saturday at the El Paseo gourmet restaurant owned by long time friend Sammy Hagar. Love rules! xoxo Nancy and Geoff."

The What About Love hit-maker was previously married to Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe for 24 years before divorcing in 2010.

They have two sons, William and Curtis.

Sammy Hagar Unimpressed With Van Halen's Comeback Album

1/31/2012 9:57am EST
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar has blasted his former Van Halen band mates' comeback album, revealing it left him cold and unimpressed when he heard it.

The band's former frontman was not asked to be part of the group's 2012 plans and now he's glad he missed out because he's convinced the band's February album will leave fans feeling cheated.

He tells Radio Metal, "What I've heard so far, I wasn't impressed with at all, personally... I think they chose to take the easy route and take some of their old stuff and re-record it instead of writing new songs... I don't think the fans are going to be happ...

Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour With Teaser Video

12/26/2011 3:00pm EST
Van Halen
Sounds like all the recent stories of a new Van Halen album and tour are true!

In November the band reportedly signed on with legendary producer Jimmy Iovine's label Interscope Records, with news of a potential tour and new album (along with a hefty merchandising deal), and on Monday VH sent out an official announcement via their website.

The message is simple and to the point - a mix of classic hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher" with images of the band rehearsing starts playing, and a ticker at the bottom announces the 2012 tour. Tickets begin going on sale January 10th (actual...

Sammy Hagar Doesn't Like 'Bad Guys' Eddie & Alex Van Halen

8/24/2011 8:37am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar appears to have written off any possibility of reteaming with Van Halen after revealing he no longer likes the brothers behind the band.

The ex-Van Halen frontman tells he's "disappointed" with guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his drummer brother Alex for the way they have treated bass player and his Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony.

He says, "I'm so disappointed in those guys. I'm not even angry. I'm just disappointed. I really don't like them anymore, and I can't tell you how sad it is to me that what we had as creative guys, and as a friendship, how it...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Miss Van Halen'

8/16/2011 8:14am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar still misses his former band mates despite their acrimonious break-up.

Hagar parted company with the Jump hit-makers in 1996 after 11 years as the group's frontman, claiming he had been fired after a bust-up with founder/guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

While the rocker hasn't forgiven Eddie and his drummer brother Alex, he still believes they made great music together.

He tells The Pulse of Radio, "You know, I miss Van Halen. I don't like them f**kers... Bad guys. But I miss 'em, you know. I miss that musicianship and that creative spark and that frict...

Carlos Santana Lands Tequila Deal

7/13/2011 10:26pm EDT
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana has become the latest star to land his own tequila.

The guitar great has partnered with Casa Noble Tequila and has become a board member and owner of the brand, which is recognised as one of the finest handcrafted spirits in the world.

Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo says, "Santana's love for the spirit of Casa Noble and his commitment to this new partnership is exciting for everyone involved with our brand.

"We have been exploring this partnership for some time. This is a natural synergy; Casa Noble Tequila is deeply rooted in the pursuit of quality, craftsmanship and trad...

Gregg Allman To Write Autobiography

5/21/2011 1:33pm EDT
Gregg Allman
Rocker Gregg Allman is set to tell all about his colorful life in an autobiography.

The Allman Brothers Band star, who was married to Cher in the 1970s, has signed a book deal with bosses at William Morrow, part of HarperCollins Publishers.

The memoir is said to be an "unflinching" look at his brother and bandmate Duane's death from a motorcycle accident in the 1970s, Allman's substance abuse issues and his relationship with Cher.

Allman follows in the footsteps of rockers Keith Richards, Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar, who have all recently published their memoirs.

The as-yet-untitle...

Celebrity Feuds: James Durbin & Adam Lambert, Donald Trump & Zach Galifianakis, And More

5/18/2011 1:00pm EDT
James Durbin and Adam Lambert
Once again we have some juicy celebrity feuds, but this week we have no cat fights! First up we have a war of words between American Idol cast-offs Adam Lambert and James Durbin.

"I think he’s got talent and passion 100 percent," Lambert told the Hollywood Reporter about Durbin, "but I feel like he’s trying way too hard. Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that 'Heavy Metal' [Sammy Hagar] song, James was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good, but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Was Asked To Be In Aerosmith'

5/3/2011 4:16pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rock veteran Sammy Hagar has revealed he was offered the chance to replace Steven Tyler as the frontman of Aerosmith, but snubbed the opportunity because it would have been a "difficult" transition.

The former Van Halen singer claims he has been approached over the years to join a string of top bands, and was in the running to front Slash super-group Velvet Revolver in 2008.

He tells Forbes magazine, "I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit."

Hagar even allege...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants (& Judges) Disappoint On Movie Night

4/14/2011 8:10am EDT
American Idol
I just couldn’t wait to see how they did.

For once, I’m not talking about the contestants. Last night it was the judges’ performance that had me most anxious for the show to begin. After Pia’s exit, they’d been taking a ton of flak from myself and endless other ‘ American Idol’ recappers saying it was finally time for them to toughen up.

And this was the perfect night to test. After weeks and weeks of solid performances all down the line, last night we got our first really consistently bad night from the contestants. A night that totally blew out my restrictive theme theory – because last...

Sammy Hagar Still 'Angry' Over Van Halen Split

4/5/2011 8:39am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is still confused and "angry" about his departure from the band and he's convinced they could have achieved great things if he had stayed on as singer.

Hagar parted company with the Jump hit-makers in 1996 after 11 years as the group's frontman, claiming he'd been fired after a bust-up with founder/guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

He admits he's still furious over the incident, and he's confused as to why he is no longer with the band, as its work rate has slumped since he left.

Hagar tells Dr. Drew, "I don't really know what (Eddie's) whole problem is....

Duff McKagan Fears Possible Guns N' Roses Rock Hall Induction

4/2/2011 9:00am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan is beginning to worry about the possibility of Guns N' Roses landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction spot in 2012 because he doesn't want the honor to become a debacle as warring bandmates attempt to unite in public.

The rockers become eligible for the hall next year, and the band's ex-bass player fears a repeat of what happened when he was there to induct Van Halen into the fabled museum in 2007, and only former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed up.

McKagan tells, "I think it's a real 'cross-that-bridge-when-you-come-to-it' kind of thi...

Sammy Hagar Was Abducted By Aliens

3/21/2011 11:47pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar insists he was once abducted by aliens.

In his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Hagar reveals he was studied by extra-terrestrials after they made contact with him in the foothills of California, and now he's talking about the encounter for the first time.

Hagar tells MTV, "It was real. Aliens were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren't even wireless telephones.

"Looking back now, it was like, 'F---, they downloaded something into me!' Or they uploaded something fr...

Sammy Hagar Shocked By Eddie Van Halen's Disgusting Living Conditions

3/11/2011 8:40am EST
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar was shocked to see one-time bandmate Eddie Van Halen when the pair attempted an ill-fated reunion in 2004 because the guitar great had turned into a black-toothed, unwashed tramp who lived in squalor.

Hagar agreed to meet with Van Halen at his Malibu, California, home after he had divorced actress Valerie Bertinelli and before he was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue - and he admits it was sobering to see his former pal living like a dog.

In his new biography, Red, the rocker recalls, "It looked like vampires lived there. There were bottles and cans all over the place...

Sammy Hagar Believes He'll Reunite With Van Halen

3/5/2011 2:00pm EST
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar is convinced he'll return as Van Halen's singer, despite waging a war of words with his former bandmates since they reformed with original vocalist David Lee Roth and blasting band leader Eddie Van Halen in his new memoirs.

The singer fronted the band after Roth left in the mid-1980s and hit the charts with songs including Why Can't This Be Love and When It's Love. He parted company with Van Halen in 1996, and has never been invited back for subsequent reunions.

Van Halen are now back in the studio with Roth, recording new material, but Hagar isn't giving up hope he'll ...

Van Halen To Tour In 2011?

10/5/2010 10:23pm EDT
Van Halen
Van Halen are secretly plotting a 2011 tour, according to the band's manager Irving Azoff.

Azoff let the news slip in his capacity as Live Nation Ticketmaster chairman at a concert promoters meeting on Monday, according to

Van Halen, with frontman David Lee Roth, last toured together in 2008 - a tour which grossed $93 million for Live Nation.

However, before fans break open their piggy banks in the hope of landing the first tickets, it should be noted that Azoff also promised a 2010 Van Halen outing last year, but that never came to fruition.

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Sammy Hagar Releasing An Autobiography

6/24/2010 7:00pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is putting pen to paper - he's releasing an autobiography.

The musician, known as 'The Red Rocker', has signed a deal with It Books, an imprint of publishing house HarperCollins, to write a memoir detailing his rock star life. Hagar announced the news on Wednesday, revealing he has "been writing this book my whole life" and decided it was "time to put it in between two covers."

The star now fronts rock band Chickenfoot and is known for his business ventures, which include founding the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain.

The tome is set t...

Sammy Hagar Bashes Eddie Van Halen

4/1/2010 2:00am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar would only consider a return to Van Halen if band leader Eddie Van Halen agreed to work faster.

The singer is disappointed the reformed Van Halen haven't returned to the studio with original frontman David Lee Roth - and he claims any new material will be a long time coming if his experiences with guitarist Van Halen are anything to go by.

The Chickenfoot star tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune newspaper he's amazed the band hasn't released a new studio album in 17 years and recalls his last studio experience with the group was not fun.

Hagar reveals that he recorded...

Sammy Hagar Brings 'Cosmic Universal Fashion' Nov. 18

10/31/2008 11:18pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will release his eleventh solo album, Cosmic Universal Fashion, on November 18th via Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records.

The title track and first single, "Cosmic Universal Fashion," was written in an online collaboration between Hagar and a young Iraqi band in Baghdad, with the music video produced in the same spirit as the classic Van Halen video for "Right Now." The album also features a rousing cover of the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)."

Hagar has led a storied three-decade career that has esta...

Interview: Art Imitates Life For 'Z Rock' Trio

10/7/2008 11:49am EDT
Z Rock
ZO2 is having the time of their life. The Brooklyn based band who has toured and played with legendary rock bands such as Kiss and Poison is now making a name of their own. They star in the loosely based reality series Z Rock on IFC (Independent Film Channel). The show is about three guys trying to make a living as a rock band by holding down a day job as children's entertainers. Starpulse met up with ZO2 (Paulie Z., David Z, and Joey Cassata) at the place they've called "home" for years- the legendary rock club Arlene's Grocery in NYC's lower east side. It was truly a rock star studded ev...

Concert Review - Van Halen: The Reunion That No One Bet On

2/19/2008 11:44am EST
Van Halen
2/10/08 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

They say all good things must pass. David Lee Roth was out. Sammy Hagar took over. Then it was Gary Cherone for an eye blink. In 2008, that guy that Eddie Van Halen couldn't stand is now back in front. DLR in all his three-ring circus glory is back. Is this a good thing? Will it last? Will they avoid killing each other? Whatever your opinion, this was the near-original Van Halen lineup. The one asterisk would be the absence of bassist Michael Anthony. Recently fired, Anthony's bass was picked up by 16-year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of ...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 13

10/13/2007 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe (1982), singer Ashanti (1980), actor Sacha Baron Cohen a.k.a. Ali G (1971), legendary football receiver Jerry Rice (1962), Sky High actress Kelly Preston (1962), singer/actress Marie Osmond (1959), 'Red Rocker' Sammy Hagar (1947), singer/songwriter Paul Simon (1941), baseball legend Eddie Mathews (1931; d. 2001), British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925), legendary comedian Lenny Bruce (1925; d. 1966), The Wiz actor Nipsey Russell (1924; d. 2005), jazz pianist Art Tatum (1909; d. 1956), and deadball era baseball player Rube Wadde...

Join The Party As Sammy Hagar And The Wabos' 'Livin' It Up Live!' Comes To DVD June 19

6/15/2007 4:23pm EDT
Sammy And The Wabos
Caught live in St Louis on their sold out 2006 US tour, Sammy Hagar and his new band, Sammy And The Wabos bring down the house with songs from their new album, Livin' It Up, as well as some of Sammy's famed solo work. Joined on stage for the second half of the show by legendary Van Halen bassist, Michael Anthony, the band rips through some of rock radio's classic tunes. From "I Can't Drive 55" and "Mas Tequila" to "Finish What You Started" and "Right Now", it's one big Cabo party with the "Red Rocker"!

SONGS: Mas Tequila, Mexico, There's Only One Way to Rock, Rainy Day Women (#12/#35)...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 13

10/13/2006 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe (1982), singer Ashanti (1980), actor Sacha Baron Cohen a.k.a. Ali G (1971), legendary football receiver Jerry Rice (1962), Sky High actress Kelly Preston (1962), singer/actress Marie Osmond (1959), 'Red Rocker' Sammy Hagar (1947), singer/songwriter Paul Simon (1941), baseball legend Eddie Mathews (1931; d. 2001), British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925), legendary comedian Lenny Bruce (1925; d. 1966), The Wiz actor Nipsey Russell (1924; d. 2005), jazz pianist Art Tatum (1909; d. 1956), and deadball era baseball player Rube Wadde...

Van Halen Frontmen Plan To Unite For Space Rock Mission

1/28/2006 11:58am EST
David Lee Roth
Estranged Van Halen singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are set to reunite - in space.

The two rockers have been invited to be part of extraterrestrial research expert Michael Luckman's hotly-anticipated Signal to Space Concert in 2007.

Luckman, the author of "Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection," is approaching music icons who display intergalactic sympathies, including Yes keyboard supremo Rick Wakeman, Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia** and David Bowie.

The concert will beam a message of peace to outer space - and it may even bring harmony to the...