Sammy Hagar Starts New Label, Album

"Red Rocker" and former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar is in the process of starting his own record label, Cabo Wabo Music.

The company, which will house an album of new Hagar songs this fall, will likely be in conjunction with Beyond Music, although Hagar's management reports that the contracts for that deal have yet to be signed. While Hagar will be the label's sole concentration for the immediate future, Cabo Wabo will eventually be looking at signing other artists.

Hagar has scrapped plans to issue a retrospective boxed set of material covering his career from Montrose to Van Halen in favor of releasing all-new material. Recording is underway at the singer's home studio in Mill Valley, near San Francisco. Contrary to published reports, Guns N' Roses producer Mike Clink is not confirmed as the album's producer, although Clink has done some tracks for the project.

Management reports that they hope to complete the project in August and have

it out in time for Hagar's birthday, October 13, and the annual celebration at Hagar's Cabo Wabo nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, that accompanies it. The album's title, "Ten Thirteen," also honors that date.