Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Band: Sammy Hagar
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


David Lauser’s career as a musician started when he helped a friend’s brother clean his bedroom. David Lauser found an old pair of Ludwig drumsticks, and his friend’s brother gave David the sticks in return for his help. With the Beach Boys playing in the background, David Lauser immediately started beating on a nearby chair. To everyone’s surprise, he sounded pretty good. Another friend of David’s by the name of Jamey Brzezinski happened to play electric guitar. They started a band and jammed together throughout the eighth grade. Initially, David Lauser played on an arrangement of make-shift drums, including a plastic bucket with a waxed paper head, a plastic trash can, and a fire place shovel as a ride cymbal.

In return for getting an A in high school algebra, David Lauser’s parents gave him his first drum kit—a sparkly red Crown kit. After working with the real kit for a few months, David and his band, Young Blood, played their first gig at a junior high assembly. David Lauser played with Young Blood for a couple years before some older guys asked him to join their band, Mobile Home. Through friends of this band, David Lauser met Sammy Hagar, who eventually replaced one of their disgruntled guitarists. David and Sammy have been friends ever since.

After performing rock gigs together for a few years, David Lauser and Sammy Hagar relocated to San Francisco.  Sammy joined Ronnie Montrose’s Montrose, and David started playing more funk and R&B. This immersion into intense rhythm was a valuable lesson for David. When he returned to rock, David Lauser better understood how a rhythm section worked.

David Lauser joined Free & Easy (later renamed TOYS), where he gained valuable recording and composing experience. David Lauser’s progression as a solid rock drummer didn’t go unnoticed, and in 1980 Sammy Hagar invited David to join his solo band, The Waboritas (also known as The Wabos).

Since then, David Lauser has recorded and toured with Sammy—even during his stint with Van Halen. Sammy also invited David and Michael Anthony (bass, Van Halen) to join his party band, Los Tres Gusanos, in Cabo San Lucas.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1981 Heavy Metal Original Soundtrack
1981 Standing Hampton Sammy Hagar
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Original Soundtrack
1983 Three Lock Box Sammy Hagar
1984 Footloose Original Soundtrack
1984 VOA Sammy Hagar
1987 I Never Said Goodbye Sammy Hagar
1993 Alliance Alliance
1994 Unboxed Sammy Hagar
1994 G'damnit Catfish Blue Meanies
1994 Till I Get Home Fred McCarty
1996 Mendo Hotel Wayne Perkins
1999 Red Voodoo Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
1999 Missing Piece Alliance
1999 Message of Love Rudy Colombini
2000 Ten13 Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2002 Not 4 Sale Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2003 Live: Hallelujah Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2003 Logn Road to Cabo Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2006 Livin' It Up! Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2007 Livin' It Up! In St. Louis Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas
2008 The Dividing Line Robert Berry
2013 Sammy Hagar & Friends Sammy Hagar
2014 Moonshine Moonshine


  • David played drums for video games The Sims, Sim City 3000, and Sim City 3000 Unlimited.
  • Tres gusanos means ‘three worms’ in Spanish.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Gibraltar Hardware, Drum Workshop Pedals
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vic Firth

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