Rock icon Sammy Hagar turns 70 on Oct. 13 and AXS TV is honoring his special birthday milestone with a daylong broadcast event on Oct. 14. The special programming block features 12 star-studded episodes of the Red Rocker’s entertaining and informative series “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar." The day kicks off at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and closes with Hagar’s up-close-and-personal 2016 chat with AXS TV host and award-winning journalist Dan Rather on “The Big Interview.”
Sammy Hagar has spent two seasons traveling around the country on “Rock & Roll Road Trip” to give fans a unique glimpse of some of music’s biggest and brightest superstars as they hook up to share some casual conversations and wicked jam sessions. Hagar has captured scores of rare, intimate moments with legendary artists like Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, John Mellencamp, Don Felder, Toby Keith and more.
AXS TV’s Birthday Bash coverage will be headlined by sensational all-star jam sessions with Hagar, Tommy Lee, John Mayer, James Hetfield, Joe Satriani, Melissa Etheridge and more. But first, you can watch the legendary front man’s inspirational keynote speech at SXSW and his rap jam with Darryl (Run DMC) McDaniels at 1:00 p.m. ET. Series-best performances are featured next at 1:30 p.m. ET. Then, Hagar hooks up with John Mayer and Tommy Lee to perform “Finish What You Started,” followed by a multi-star lineup in San Francisco in which Mayer, James Hetfield, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Satriani and more come together to perform Janis Joplin’s smash hit, “Piece of My Heart.”
At 3:00 p.m. ET, the Red Rocker heads to Chicago to meet up with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. He also kicks out some powerful jams at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with his friends and band mates from The Circle. At 3:30, he’s off to Maui, Hawaii to have dinner with “Supermensch” star and talent management mogul Shep Gordon. In the four o’clock hour, Hagar hangs out with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons in California, then finds folk rocker John Mellencamp at his Indiana art studio.
At 5:00 p.m. ET, Hagar travels to Maui again to sit down with Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood and at 5:30 he talks to Maroon 5 front man and famed coach for “The Voice,” Adam Levine. They take a spin together in Levine’s Ferrari and hit the studio for an impromptu R & B collaboration with Richie Sambora and Orianthi on “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”
The six o’clock hour kicks off with country icon Toby Keith, followed by Hagar’s Chickenfoot buddies Chad Smith and Joe Satriani in San Francisco and Vince Neil in Nashville. Next, Hagar heads to Las Vegas to catch up with Eagles icon Don Felder and chill out with legendary rockers Styx at the Venetian Theater. Hagar flips the genre switch at 7:30 to chat with renowned comedian Carrot Top.
Finally, the Birthday Bash ends at 8p.m. when the birthday boy opens up about his life and career from its humble beginnings to his megastar music status during a candid conversation with Dan Rather on “The Big Interview.” At this age and stage in his life, Sammy Hagar has arguably seen thousands of faces in hundreds of places. He’ll forever be remembered for his Van Halen heyday, his time with Chickenfoot and The Circle and the influential living legacy he continues to give his musical peers, and aspiring artists across many generations.
Rock fans won’t want to miss this daylong “Rock & Roll Road Trip” marathon, which honors one of the biggest rock stars of all time. Be sure to tune into AXS TV or set your DVRs for Saturday, Oct. 14, to catch Sammy Hagar’s 70th Birthday Bash, starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Find AXS TV on your TV. Stay tuned to AXS for updates.