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Sammy Hagar pours shots for fans on Saturday, June 15, 2024, after performing with Vic Johnson at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Sammy Hagar pours shots for fans on Saturday, June 15, 2024, after performing with Vic Johnson at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
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Sammy Hagar came home Saturday night, June 15.

welcomed the Fontana-raised rocker back for the opening of the theater that bears his name. He performed to a packed house with guitarist Vic Johnson.

The sold-out crowd got to get up close with the Hall of Fame rocker, watching as Hagar was presented with his high school diploma at the event.

  • Sammy Hagar kisses the hand of a fan on Saturday,...

    Sammy Hagar kisses the hand of a fan on Saturday, June 15, 2024, as he takes the stage to perform at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar performs Saturday, June 15, 2024, on opening night...

    Sammy Hagar performs Saturday, June 15, 2024, on opening night of Stage Red in Fontana, which is named in his honor. Hagar, 76, is known as the Red Rocker and he grew up in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform Saturday,...

    Fans cheer as Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana, opening night of the new venue in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A man records Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson’s performance from...

    A man records Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson’s performance from the balcony on Saturday, June 15, 2024, during the opening night concert at Stage Red, which is named in Hagar’s honor. The musician known as the Red Rocker grew up in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar performs “Eagles Fly” on Saturday, June 15, 2024,...

    Sammy Hagar performs “Eagles Fly” on Saturday, June 15, 2024, opening night of Stage Red in Fontana. Hagar, who is from Fontana, has been involved in the theater’s revitalization and the new venue’s official name is Stage Red — A Sammy Hagar Venue. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Matthew Clifton, 53, gets out of his wheelchair to stand...

    Matthew Clifton, 53, gets out of his wheelchair to stand and sing along with Sammy Hagar as he performs “Eagles Fly” on Saturday, June 15, 2024, during opening night at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform on Saturday, June 15,...

    Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform on Saturday, June 15, 2024, on opening night at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar, his...

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar, his wife Kari Hagar, along with Vic Johnson perform Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as singer Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform...

    Fans cheer as singer Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar sings...

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar sings “Rock Candy” to the delight of fans on Saturday, June 15, 2024, during his performance with Vic Johnson at Stage Red in Fontana. The venue that bears Hagar’s name hosted the Red Rocker on its opening night. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson share a laugh on Saturday,...

    Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson share a laugh on Saturday, June 15, 2024, during their performance at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform Saturday, June 15, 2024,...

    Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform Saturday, June 15, 2024, during the opening night concert at Stage Red in Fontana, which is named in Hagar’s honor. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans record the performance of Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson...

    Fans record the performance of Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson share a drink between songs...

    Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson share a drink between songs on Saturday, June 15, 2024, during opening night of Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform on Saturday, June 15,...

    Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson perform on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana, opening night for the venue, which bears Hagar’s name. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar pours shots for fans on Saturday, June 15,...

    Sammy Hagar pours shots for fans on Saturday, June 15, 2024, after performing with Vic Johnson at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • People talk and enjoy drinks in the VIP lounge as...

    People talk and enjoy drinks in the VIP lounge as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Sammy Hagar performs with Vic Johnson at Stage Red in Fontana on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar smiles after being presented with his Fontana High...

    Sammy Hagar smiles after being presented with his Fontana High School diploma on Saturday, June 15, 2024, before performing at Stage Red in Fontana. The 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician grew up in Fontana and has been involved with the revitalization of the theater venue in his hometown. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar, known as the Red Rocker, performs Saturday, June...

    Sammy Hagar, known as the Red Rocker, performs Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Phil Burum, deputy city manager for the city of Fontana who...

    Phil Burum, deputy city manager for the city of Fontana who also oversaw the theater revitalization project, introduces community leaders and dignitaries before Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar performs Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. Hagar, who grew up in Fontana, performed at opening night of the venue named in his honor. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar merchandise is sold throughout the show Saturday night,...

    Sammy Hagar merchandise is sold throughout the show Saturday night, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sammy Hagar, second from right, thanks Fontana, where he started...

    Sammy Hagar, second from right, thanks Fontana, where he started his career as “The Red Rocker,” on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans head home after Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...

    Fans head home after Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Sammy Hagar performed Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Stage Red in Fontana. The venue which bears his name opened Saturday with him being the first to perform. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Hagar, 76, is known as the Red Rocker and he grew up in Fontana. The musician and songwriter was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen in 2007.

The city-owned venue, at 8463 Sierra Ave., originally opened in 1937 and has been home to a movie theater and the former Center Stage Theater, before closing in 2022 for a major renovation.

A lot of work was done on the inside and the outside of the building to prepare for Saturday’s reopening — the sold-out performance from Fontana’s own Hagar .

In  posted earlier this month, Hagar declared of Stage Red: “I’m proud to be part of it. I’m proud to have my name involved. And I’m proud to be from Fontana.”

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