I went to Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas in the early 2000s, and watched at length while Sylvester Stallone, uh, grinded a girl, or something. Hagar’s in Vegas this weekend to play a few concerts, so I told him that old story.
He laughed then told me Stallone’s an old friend, a “cool guy,” a “down home dude.” Then he told me this. In 1987, Hagar and Stallone were on the set of a music video for the film, “Over the Top,” and …
“When he went to the bathroom, he had these bodyguards go with him and they cleared everybody out of the bathroom: ‘Everybody out, Sylvester’s got to pee.’
“I said, ‘Sly, why are you so uptight about people being around? It ain’t no big thing.’ “He goes, ‘You don’t understand.’ Because of the ‘Rambo’ stuff, people attack him and stuff, and throw stuff at him.”
I’ve heard similar stories about fans asking UFC fighters and boxers to punch them, or to pretend to punch them. Some of those "fans" may actually be looking for a lawsuit payday. Some people are just assheads.
Anyway, Hagar does a grand opening show at his new Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Hard Rock Friday, after 450 people get free wristbands to see the show; wristbands are first-come first-serve at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cabo Wabo. At least 50 people lined up already Thursday afternoon. He also plays a show with his band Chickenfoot Saturday at Hard Rock. Jason Bracelin has an interview with Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony in Friday’s Neon. Check it out.
Read more of my Hagar interview in one of my Friday columns in the Review-Journal.