Pop Quiz: Sammy Hagar

Aidin Vaziri | Having topped the New York Times best-seller list earlier this year with his autobiography, “Red” (co-authored by former Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic Joel Selvin), Sammy Hagar returns to his day job as the wild-maned front man for the rock supergroup Chickenfoot, which also includes guitarist Joe Satriani, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Earlier this month, Hagar celebrated his birthday and the release of the band’s confusingly titled second album, “Chickenfoot III,” with an all-star blowout at his Cabo Wabo cantina in Mexico. We spoke to him the day he got back to his Marin home.

Sammy Hagar of Chickenfoot
Q: Are you sober enough to do this interview?
A: I got back late last night and I just got a massage, so I’m kind of like on the moon. I’m probably vulnerable. Maybe we should postpone.
Q: I’ll go easy on you. Besides, didn’t you give it all away in the book?
A: You’re right, but you never know.
Q: How bummed do you think Chad Smith is that he has to tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers instead of you guys?
A: He’s probably not bummed to be with the Chili Peppers. I’m sure they’re doing just fine. But nobody has as much fun as us.
Q: I heard you had such a good time over your birthday weekend in Cabo San Lucas that you forgot your own songs.
A: I didn’t forget “I Can’t Drive 55.” I just had to read some of the lyrics for the newer stuff. The thing is, we get backstage about two hours before we go on. With our cast of characters, it can get pretty loose.
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