The stories of goldmine

The songs may be ‘oldies,’ but they’re still goodies

Beatles Love Me Do Oldies 45

Early in my career, the radio in my ancient, bare-bones SUV could only pick up two FM stations’ broadcasts for the duration of my daily commute — one country, one oldies, with an emphasis on the mid-1950s through the 1960s. Because I didn’t want to lose my will to live during the 25-mile drive, I picked the oldies station. And it made me glad all over.

‘Red Rocker’ Sammy Hagar continues to reinvent himself

Sammy Hagar photo by Ross Halfin

Sammy Hagar has turned over a whole new (agave) leaf since his days in the spotlight with Van Halen. He’s swapped his leather pants for shorts and sandals. He’s turned from a very avid tequila consumer into a tequila tycoon. And he’s switched focus from sex, drugs and rock and roll into family, friends and finding fulfillment with the music he makes.