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Messina Rescues Hagar From Pre-Super Bowl Party Gridlock

(CelebrityAccess News Service) – It was a party atmosphere in Houston the Saturday night before the Super Bowl game. However, gridlock reigned. Even rocker Sammy Hagar, who was to play at The Main Event, the city-sponsored music-food-and-beer festival put on for the Super Bowl crowd, was stranded in traffic. And it didn't help matters that the Super Bowl bash attracted an unprecedented 150,000 people.

So it was Jerry Vann of Emerge Productions and concert promoter Louie Messina to the rescue. According to the Houston Chronicle, the two ran down Texas Avenue, took over a couple of pedicabs and made their way to Hagar's vehicle. Hagar, his wife and several others were piled in the pedicabs and Vann and Messina ran alongside them, heading back toward the stage. "Here we were going down Texas Avenue like a parade," said Vann. "People were yelling. This was the funniest thing I've ever seen in this business, and I'm 55." –by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner