Basic Background Info
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.
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