Sammy Hagar’s son Andrew Hagar is following in the footsteps of his rock and roll icon father.
Last month, the 39-year-old singer and former kickboxer released his new single “Systematic Minds.” Ahead of Father’s Day, Sammy, 75, and Andrew, who appeared together in the Paramount+ docuseries “Family Legacy,” sat down for a joint interview with Fox News Digital.
The former Van Halen frontman revealed that he was surprised when Andrew decided to pursue a career in the music industry instead of martial arts.
“I never thought he was going to be a musician until about 10 years ago,” Sammy recalled.
The Cabo Wabo founder continued, “He wasn’t, like, when he was a kid, always playing guitar. He was more of a martial artist, you know? And I thought for sure that’s what he’s going to do.”
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Sammy remembered that he was taken aback by his son’s musical ability when he heard him play for the first time.
“It blew my mind how good his songs were and how good his lyrics were and his melodic sense and the fact that he played guitar,” the elder Hagar recalled. “I said, ‘When did you start playing guitar?’ I mean, he didn’t live at my house, so I didn’t see it.”
“But we see each other all the time,” he added. “We’ve never went months without seeing each other and talking or anything. I’m so proud that he did it. He pulled it off, and he’s really good.”
The Red Rocker said that he would have been honest with Andrew if he believed that his son’s talent wasn’t up to his standards.
“It’s like, if he wasn’t good, I’d say, ‘Dude, go back to martial arts, go back to hurting people,'” Sammy said with a laugh. “But no, it’s very impressive how fast he learns. He just learns really fast.”
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Andrew told Fox News Digital that he realized that he wanted to be a musician in 2016 when he landed his first prominent gig opening for country star Kris Kristofferson. He recalled the trepidation he felt before taking the stage at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
“I remember being so nervous and terrified that I was going to get up there, and I was going to suck, and the crowd was just going to eat me alive,” he said. “And after about the first song, I realized everybody was into it.”
He continued, “It was one of the best, most indescribable feelings I’ve ever felt in my life. And coming offstage, I think we did, like, about 15 minutes and I wanted to do it the entire night. It was just the best feeling. And I knew at that moment that it was something I was going to dedicate the rest of my life to.”
Sammy told Fox News Digital that he was immediately struck by Andrew’s songwriting skills when he first listened to his son’s music.
“Being a lyricist, first thing I’m going to do is listen to his lyrics,” he explained. “And say, ‘What the hell is my son — what’s he complaining about? Or what’s he trying to say here?’ You know? So a couple of songs really got my attention right away. Acoustic songs. When he first started, he was doing this acoustic thing. You know, he’s like Bob Dylan.”
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Sammy continued, “He had a song called ‘The Lucky One,’ and he had a lyric about something about…”
“The angel that fell through the power lines?” Andrew asked.
“Yeah, the angel that fell through the power lines,” Sammy said. “And I just went, ‘Whoa!’ Look, I got goosebumps just talking about it.”
“I just went, ‘That’s so cool, you know?'” he added. “And it was a real negative meaning, ‘the lucky one.’ Like, ‘you’re going to be the lucky one to go home with me? So you’re the angel that fell through the power lines?’ But anyway, his lyrics have really, really been impressive to me.”
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The “Heavy Metal” hitmaker told Fox News Digital that the father-son duo have already performed together a few times. However, Sammy said that he believes Andrew should forge his own path that more closely aligns with his style of music.
“The problem is that I don’t want him to play my music, you know?,” Sammy said. “For him to go through all this stuff and learn one of my songs, it’s not in his wheelhouse. It’s not his music. He’s much more moderate and progressive than me. And so I’d rather he just don’t go back like that.”
He continued, “Every now and then, we get to touch bases with each other, and we noodle around the house on guitars, but I’d rather him just do his own thing. And I love the fact that he’s doing his own thing.”
In addition to “Systematic Minds,” which debuted May 5, Andrew told Fox News Digital that he will release another song and an EP this month.
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Sammy shares Andrew and son Aaron, 53, with his ex-wife Betsy Berardi. He is also father to daughters Kama, 27, and Samantha, 22, whom he shares with his wife Kari Hagar.
During the Hagars’ interview with Fox News Digital, Andrew shared his thoughts on growing up with the legendary musician as a father.
“People tend to put celebrities on a pedestal, but everybody burps and farts,” he said with a laugh. “You know what I mean? So they’re just like everybody else. My dad is awesome. He’s been really supportive, and he’s such a great human being.”
Andrew also praised Sammy for his philanthropic work on behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Southern California. In February, the Grammy Award winner opened his first Cabo Wabo Beach Club & Bar at Huntington Beach’s Waterfront Resort and pledged to donate his personal net proceeds from the restaurant to CHOC.
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Donations to CHOC will be facilitated through The Hagar Family Foundation, a dedicated fund that Hagar and his wife of 27 years, Kari, founded in 2008. CHOC will continue to receive the donations regularly as long as the restaurant remains open.
“He’s out here doing wonderful charity work for Children’s Hospital of the O.C,” Andrew said. “And I mean, honestly, like, he’s just a human being like everybody else. He likes to have a good time, and he’s a great guy.”
Andrew said that people may not realize the extent of Sammy’s philanthropic work since his father prefers to keep his charitable efforts low-key.
“I think one of the biggest things people may not know is just how much of a philanthropist he is,” Andrew said. “He’s always out here helping people. Most of it’s not public, and I think that’s the best way to do it. You’re not doing it to impress anyone. You’re just doing it because you genuinely want to help people.”
Otherwise, Andrew said that Sammy is “pretty much an open book.” “I don’t think there’s many things that people don’t know,” he said with a laugh. “I mean, the guy’s written plenty of books. There’s been plenty of material in that for people to plumb.”
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Andrew also shared the most important piece of advice that his father has given him.
“Keep your head down and work hard,” he said. “I mean, he always told me he didn’t care what I did as long as it made me happy, as long as I was working hard for it.
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“And I mean, that’s a difficult lesson to learn. But I learned it the hard way. And here I am.”
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In their interview with Fox News Digital last month, Sammy and Andrew said that they hadn’t yet made plans for Father’s Day.
“We don’t plan two weeks ahead of time,” Sammy said while chuckling. “My God, it would be like, ‘Oh, well, I can’t stick to it now.’ You know, in our lives, we’re so busy, both of us, doing our things that it is like if you make plans too early, you’re not going to be able to stick to them. You’re going to say, ‘Something came up.’”
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However, Sammy noted that the two planned to celebrate Andrew’s birthday together. “I’m coming up to town for his birthday, but I have an event I have to do, and he’s doing something with his friends for his birthday,” he explained. “So we’re going to celebrate his birthday a day late. All that’s good, though.”
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On June 4, Sammy shared a birthday tribute to Andrew on his Instagram page. “I am sooooo happy to see one of my children following my foot steps [sic],” he wrote alongside a photo of himself with Andrew.
“And by the way, he’s CRUSHING IT!,” Sammy added. “Happy birthday Andrew. This is your time.”