Sammy Hagar initially garnered attention as the frontman for the San Francisco hard rock band Montrose. After two albums with Montrose, Hagar went solo in 1976 and eventually had a hit single with "I Can't Drive 55" in 1984. The following year Hagar was recruited as David Lee Roth's replacement in Van Halen. Despite some initial skepticism, the singer won fans over with his impressive vocal range and easy-going charm. Nicknamed "Van Hagar," the revamped band released numerous hit albums, including 5150 and OU812. However, when tensions between Hagar and Eddie Van Halen came to a head in the late '90s, the vocalist departed and returned to his solo career. In addition to his albums backed by the Waboritas, the Red Rocker began to focus on his Cabo Wabo Cantina and his own brand of tequila.