Though touring with Chickenfoot is taking up some of his time, Sammy Hagar has deemed 2012 "an experimental year" as he tries out some other live performing concepts he may pursue next year.
One of the ideas Hagar is considering is what he calls a "four decades of rock" show that will feature a consortium of his band the Wabos, Chickenfoot, a Montrose set with Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani subbing for the late Ronnie Montrose (as he did at a recent memorial concert) and a "Van Hagar" set with Satriani, Chickenfoot bandmate and original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Montrose drummer Denny Carmassi playing songs from Hagar's time fronting Van Halen. Hagar is planning a September 1st trial run of the set-up at his Cabo Wabo in Lake Tahoe, and he says, "If it really works and everyone really gets along...we're gonna take that on the road."
While Hagar is juggling his musical ventures, meanwhile, he's also launching a new endeavor in the spirits world. After selling his Cabo Wabo Tequila to Gruppo Campari for $80 million in 2007, Hagar has launched Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, which is made in Hawaii and which he declares, not surprisingly, "the best rum I've ever put in my mouth -- the best white liquid, period, like creme brulee in a glass." It's currently on sale in California, Nevada and Arizona, and its success in those states has actually slowed its expansion into other markets.