A couple of albums and 250 performances later, Vic Johnson (guitar), Mona (bass), Jesse Harms (keyboard) and David Lauser (drums), who are better known as the Waboritas, join Sammy Hagar for their third collaboration, which delivers crunching guitars, high energy, and most definitely, one hell of a party.
As “Mas Tequila” had borrowed from the Gary Glitter anthem “Rock n Roll,” the title track “Ten 13” offers up a birthday smash in the way of the Beatles that is slated as the new anthem for Hagar’s annual birthday week gatherings at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in San Lucas, Mexico. Notably, the title Ten 13 signifies October 13th, the day the red rocker entered the world.
The album does slow down occasionally for tracks like “The Message,” which features the softer side of Hagar”s vocal capabilities over a sweet piano melody like “Right Now” had done in his era with Van Halen, delivering yet another statement about society. However, the most important statement made on this album is that of Hagar’s rebirth into the world of hard and heavy rock ‘n roll. From the mysterious vibe of “Serious JuJu” to the guitar wails from “Let Sally Drive,” Hagar’s got it covered. In fact, listeners are sure to be hooked in by the steam-rolling opener, “Shaka Doobie (The Limit),” and never look back.