He was the drummer in Malfunkshun from 1980 to 1988, featuring Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone on vocals and Kevin Wood on guitar. He had previously been in the band Maggot Brains, but joined Malfunkshun when their drummer, David Hunt, quit the band after the first show. Hagar has also performed in Satchel with Shawn Smith, and in Brad with Smith and Stone Gossard (from Pearl Jam and formerly Mother Love Bone).
Regan Hagar became involved with music in Commodore Junior High School on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he played the snare drum. Hagar met future Malfunkshun band-mate Andrew Wood there, when Hagar was in grade eight and Wood was in grade seven. He got into punk and began playing a full drum kit in high school and played for Maggot Brains. When he was fourteen years old, he and Andrew Wood became friends.
Hagar created his first album cover design at fifteen for World Full of Hate from The Fartz, a punk Seattle band whose line-up included Duff McKagan on drums prior to McKagan being in the LA metal band Guns n Roses.
Also in high school, he designed T-shirts and posters for bands with Andrew Wood. He is a self-taught graphic artist.
Andrew Wood asked him to join Malfunkshun after seeing Hagar working at the Showbox Theatre. Hagar worked hanging flyers and taking tickets for Showbox Theatre in exchange for free tickets to go to shows.
Malfunkshun's three members (Kevin Wood, Andrew Wood, and Hagar) all used stage names and wore white make-up, similar to the members of the band Kiss. Hagar chose the name Thundarr because of Thor the Norse thunder god, and how drums relate to thunder.
Malfunkshun dissolved in 1988 to become Lords of the Wasteland which featured Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament in their line-up, with Andrew Wood and Regan Hagar. Hagar was replaced by Greg Gilmore on drums as the band transitioned into Mother Love Bone. Hagar says that he was actually happy that Gilmore took his place in the band, because he had a lot of respect for Gilmore.
In 2006 Regan Hagar recorded an album as From The North with Shawn Smith, Kevin Wood and Cory Kane. This was a music project which used new music alongside lyrics left by Andrew Wood after his death. Regan left the band in 2011.
Regan Hagar is the original drummer for the band Brad, which has been active since 1992 and has released six albums. Hagar continues to drum for the band. Although Stone Gossard and Shawn Smith usually write the songs, Hagar has made contributions such as "Tea Bag" which was released on their 2012 album United We Stand. The song was written and recorded at an earlier date. Hagar was also a member of the Brad offshoot band, Satchel, which has since refolded back into Brad.
Assistant tour manager
In 2009, Regan Hagar began working as assistant tour manager for Neil Young. Although he initially thought it would just be for the summer, he worked the whole tour while Neil Young was recording the album Fork in the Road. Hagar says that it was an inspiration to work with Young, and to watch him make the record while on tour.
Hagar also works as a freelance graphic designer and has worked on many album's artwork. He took up graphic design to help support his family, since being a musician was not very profitable.
Initially his career as a graphic designer was overlooked because people thought of him as a musician. He created the album art for Eddie Vedder's ukulele album Ukulele Songs which was released in 2011. Hagar became involved with Vedder's band Pearl Jam's art design after he designed Lance Mercer's 5x1—Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer book.
Hagar says that he likes to listen to the music of the album for which he is creating the art, to make sure the connection between the songs and the artwork is intact. It is important to him, he says, since he spent a lot of time looking at album art while listening to the albums.
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- Official Satchel website
- Brad at MySpace
- Von Nord (From The North) band
- Image of World Full of Hate album cover