Sammy Hagar‘s first major success came with the group Montrose in the seventies with their first two albums. “VOA” was the last (and eight) solo album Sammy Hagar (nickname “The Red Rocker”) recorded before he became the lead singer of Van Halen (on the album “5150”), and this effort shows why he was invited to join the band. With songs like “I Can’t Drive 55,” he adds a simple melody to the song which never distracts from the all-important, hard-driving riff. On “Two Sides of Love,” he shows that he has the ability to pull off a power ballad, wrenching every bit of feeling out of the song. Hagar was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ as a member of Van Halen.