Sammy Hagar: Sammy Hagar; Mona, Vic "Tore Up" Johnson, David Lauser.
Personnel: Sammy Hagar (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Aaron Hagar (vocals, background vocals); Bob Daspit (guitar, slide guitar, percussion, background vocals); Victor Johnson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Roy Rogers (slide guitar); Tim Hockenberry (piccolo trumpet, trombone); Austin DeLone (piano); David Lauser (drums, percussion, background vocals); Gibby Ross (congas, cowbells, shaker, tambourine, timbales); Nicole Summerwood, Kari Hagar, Mona (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Daspit.
Recording information: Red Rocker Recording Studio.
Photographer: William Blochinger.
After 11 years fronting Van Halen, Sammy Hagar slipped easily back into the solo mode he'd pursued prior to joining the hard rock behemoth, and 2006's LIVIN' IT UP, recorded with his band the Waboritas, proves Hagar is plenty comfortable on his own turf. The album sports the hard-partying, hard-rocking vibe Hagar is known for; positioning himself as pop metal's answer to Jimmy Buffet, the veteran rocker celebrates booze ("I Love This Bar"), the beach ("Livin' on a Coastline"), and activities that combine the two ("Sailin'). And he even throws in a couple stylistic curveballs, like the country-tinged tune "Halfway."