Hagar first became the lead singer of Montrose. Following eight solo albums, which brought him several platinum efforts and hundreds of sold-out concert appearances, Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985. Afterward they achieved four consecutive No. 1 albums before the brand broke up in the mid-nineties. Aside from making his mark as hit songwriter and lead vocalist, Hagar has played with a succession of legendary guitar players; from Ronnie Montrose and Neal Schon to Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani and his current group, The Circle, which also features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.
Collective Soul features Ed Roland (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar) and Johnny Rabb (drums). As Ed Roland sings in “This,” the infectious first single and kick-off track to their latest release See What You Started By Continuing: “I got to go… where this song leads / Got to go… where this heart bleed,” Collective Soul have followed their songs and souls to hits and multi-platinum alt-rock success, starting with 1993’s anthemic hit “Shine” and onto “December,” “The World I Know,” a duet with Elton John, a song on the hit Twilight soundtrack, and eight acclaimed albums.