Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash Sweepstakes Winner Announced!
John “Jake” Britt has been a Sammy Hagar fan (aka Redhead) since the ‘80s, the era of cassette tapes and MTV music videos.
Having been a diehard Redhead for a long time, Jake was well aware of Sammy’s annual Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas and attending the event was high on his bucket list. Imagine his surprise when he found out he won Mercury’s grand prize to send one lucky fan and a guest to see Sammy and friends perform at the Cabo Wabo Cantina for the 2016 Bash.
We asked Jake some questions to learn more about his love of Sammy Hagar and his upcoming trip to the Birthday Bash.
Q: How long have you been a Redhead?
A: I have been a Sammy Hagar fan for quite a long time. I grew up in the ‘80s and my first exposure to Sammy Hagar was his song “I Can’t Drive 55.” At that time, Van Halen had become my favorite band and when Sammy joined them in 1986, it was awesome – I have been following Sammy Hagar ever since then. I even have my home office decorated with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen and Chickenfoot) related albums and posters. So, the short answer would be, I have been a Redhead for over 30 years.
Q: What’s your favorite Sammy Hagar song?
A: That is tough to answer. Can I throw out several favorites? The entire Van Hagar catalog, the entire Chickenfoot catalog, I Can’t Drive 55, Heavy Metal, Serious JuJu, Tropic of Capricorn, Mas Tequila, A Deeper Kind of Love, Returning of the Wish … I could seriously go on and on.
Q: Did you watch “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented by Mercury Insurance” on AXS TV? How did you learn about the six-episode series and which was your favorite episode and why?
A: Yes, I tuned in for each episode. I learned about the show via Sammy Hagar’s official website, RedRocker.com. My favorite episode was the final show, which featured Sammy’s Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas. The reason why this is my favorite episode is because I have always wanted to attend the Birthday Bash and visit Cabo San Lucas.
Q: How did you learn about the Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash Sweepstakes?
A: While watching the show, I saw the sweepstakes commercial and decided to go for it. As a matter of fact, if I remember correctly, I paused the DVR and jumped up and entered the sweepstakes as soon as I learned about it.
Q: Other than being a diehard Redhead, what particularly inspired you to enter the sweepstakes?
A: I have been wanting to attend the Bash from the moment I knew that it was even a possibility. I also wanted to be able to take my wife on a trip, just the two of us. We have a wonderful nine-year old son and all of our vacations since he was born have been as a family. There is nothing wrong with that, but we have been really wanting and needing a trip for just us two. Unfortunately, we have never been able to do it, but thanks to Mercury Insurance and Sammy Hagar, we now have the most amazing opportunity to be able to make that happen.
Q: What were your first thoughts when you found out you won the trip to Sammy’s Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas?
A: This is going to sounds crazy, but I thought somebody was playing a cruel joke on me. Let me paint the picture for you. The day that I received the phone call that I had won the contest was my 10th wedding anniversary to my beautiful wife, Lisa! How perfect of a joke would it have been for a friend to set me up with a trip for just my wife and I; in Cabo San Lucas with tickets to the Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash. So, when I got that call, I’m not going to lie, I was in a bit of disbelief. This dream opportunity hit on so many things for my wife and I that I just knew somebody was playing a joke. Now that I realize that this was no joke, it is still extremely surreal and I keep waiting for the call, “Sorry, we made a mistake.” Please don’t tell me that! LOL.
Q: What about the Birthday Bash are you most looking forward to?
A: That is a tough question. This is an ultimate dream come true for me, and I am just ecstatic to be able to attend. I am going to soak it all in and enjoy every bit of it! I really cannot wait to see Sammy perform on such a special occasion and to be able to share that with my wife is a dream come true.
Q: What, in addition to the Bash, do you plan to do while you’re in Mexico?
A: We plan to discover Cabo San Lucas by enjoying the beaches, snorkeling, sailing and exploring the local shops and restaurants. We are also looking forward to some much needed “us” time.
Q: Did you read any Sammy Hagar content on Mercury’s blog?
A: Honestly, I didn’t know about the blog until your question regarding it. I then took the opportunity to check it out. It was very entertaining, informative and I especially enjoyed the videos and the fun facts. I even took the “How well do you know Sammy Hagar” quiz before reading answers elsewhere on the blog to see how well I could do. I missed one question. Not bad.
Q: Any additional comments?
A: I know I have said it many times throughout this questionnaire, but this really is a dream come true. Mercury Insurance can rest assured that this sweepstakes did not get wasted on a person who has little to no interest in what this prize is all about. I cannot express in words how happy, excited and thankful I am to have been chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you, thank you, thank you!