Tucson shares a lot of memories with rocker Sammy Hagar, from his solo career to the various bands he fronted including Van Halen.

Tucson actually appears in Van Halen's Wikipedia entry under the section detailing the 2004 Hagar/Van Halen reunion tour.

Hagar was Van Halen's lead singer from 1985 to 1996. In 2004, he and the band, with Van Halen brothers — drummer Alex and lead guitar Eddie — set out for another shot together. From summer through mid-November, the band played 80 shows; the last two were in Tucson at the AVA at Casino del Sol, where the reunion tour would come to a close.

We caught the first of the two on a chilly night when Eddie Van Halen decided to eschew a shirt and played the two-hour concert bare chested.

On the second night, things went a little haywire, Hagar recalled in a phone interview last week from California.

“Eddie kind of had an emotional breakdown and had been drinking a little too much,” Hagar recalled. “He had kind of a meltdown on stage and smashed his guitar up. I remember walking off the stage and thinking, ‘Wow that was sad.’ It wasn’t even like funny or cool; it was just sad.”

The reunion tour was the last time Hagar fronted Van Halen. He resumed his solo career and other music projects including teaming up with Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony, who plays in Sammy Hagar & The Circle. The band plays the AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road, on Friday, June 10. Get tickets and details here

See more of our interview with Hagar about The Circle in Thursday's Caliente. 

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.