Van Halen’s former frontman Sammy Hagar recently posted a video on his Instagram account and cherished the time he performed on stage with Jerry Garcia at the historic Sweetwater Saloon.
As you know, Sammy Hagar is one of the most popular figures in the rock scene and he has been pursuing a music career since 1967. Although the beginning was a rocky road for the rockstar, his fame started increasing after he joined Montrose and then started working on his solo career until he was hired by Van Halen in 1985.
By 1989, Sammy Hagar had become one of the most prominent figures of the rock scene but this didn’t discourage him from playing in small clubs and collaborating with great artists. With his recent Instagram post, Hagar recalled the time when he performed with the late legend Jerry Garcia.
In the video, Sammy can be seen singing alongside Grateful Dead’s founding member and leader Jerry Garcia who is considered to be one of the most influential guitarists in rock history. They performed in Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley California, which was a historical but small club, and fans appreciated how both musicians were popular enough to fill arenas but still enjoyed making music in small clubs for pleasure and not money.
Here’s what Sammy Hagar said in the caption of his Instagram post:
“Back in the good old days in a little 100 standing room only music hall called the Sweetwater. You could walk in on things like this. God, I miss those days.”
This is what a fan commented in the YouTube video’s comments section:
“The fact that in ’89 both Jerry and Sammy were filling stadiums and arenas with the Dead and Van Halen but still played a 120-seat club jam with passion and joy tells you EVERYTHING about both of them. They were/are just musicians through and through, not fame chasers.”
You can check out Hagar’s Instagram post and watch his whole performance with Jerry Garcia below.