Sammy Hagar / Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas

The Long Road to Cabo

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By definition, a career video retrospective should be thorough. Sammy Hagar's The Long Road to Cabo two-DVD documentary set from 2003 meets that criteria. It's officially credited to Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas, but The Long Road to Cabo largely chronicles much of the amiable journeyman's career as a solo artist and frontman for both Montrose and Van Halen. Disc one was filmed on his 2002 summer tour (a surprising co-headlining jaunt with his Van Halen predecessor, David Lee Roth). Director Gil Bettman shot more than 300 hours of footage. Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with his bandmembers and Van Halen bass guitarist Michael Anthony are edited (sometimes awkwardly) among the songs. Featured tracks include solo hits like "I Can't Drive 55" and "Heavy Metal," Montrose's "Rock Candy," and Van Halen's "Runaround," "Best of Both Worlds," "Poundcake," "When It's Love," and "Top of the World" along with Bob Dylan, the Troggs, and Led Zeppelin covers. Besides Anthony, other special guests include Ted Nugent, former Extreme vocalist and Hagar's ill-fated Van Halen replacement Gary Cherone, Kid Rock, and pro wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Disc two is the best part of The Long Road to Cabo because it's packed with all of the bonus features such as video commentaries, a discography, a trivia game, a cooking segment (Hagar is obviously just as happy in a kitchen as he is on-stage), and a "Sing with Sammy" video karaoke segment. The true highlights on disc two are the 11 music videos (including "Give to Live," "I Can't Drive 55," "Mas Tequila," "Three Lock Box," and "Winner Takes It All" from the 1987 Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling flick Over the Top), and "The Vault" section with grainy rarities such as "Baby's on Fire" live and Montrose's live, in-studio performance of "Bad Motor Scooter." There's plenty for Hagar fans to sink their teeth into on The Long Road to Cabo.

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