Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: © Robert Cavuoto
On the second to last show on the Four Decades of Rock Tour in Bethlehem PA, Sammy Hagar celebrated the success of his 11th Billboard Top 25 album, Sammy Hagar & Friends which debuted at #23 on the US Billboard 200. This album marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s highest charting solo album in 18 years, so everyone including Sammy had a reason to celebrate tonight.
He opened the show with a medley of Montrose hits from the 70’s, “Space Station #5,” “Rock Candy,” and “Bad Motor Scooter.” He then went on to play a few songs from each of his solo CDs in order of release, as well as some of the mega hits he penned with Van Halen.
He hammered out some Van Halen classics like “Why Cant This be Love,” “Top of the World,” “Right Now,” and “Finish What ya Started,” but the songs that brought down the house were “I Can’t Drive 55,’ “Three Lock Box,” and “Mas Tequila”.
From his new CD he played “All We Need is an Island” who he dedicated to his wife, “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets,””Knockdown Dragout” and closed with “Personal Jesus.”
Sammy strummed and sang while accompanied by his faithful band, The Wabos; Mona Gnadar on bass, Vic Johnson on guitar and David Lauser on drums. The Wabos have been touring with Sammy for over 13 years and their musical skills are simply epic. These guys know how to play their instruments and they know how to play together. They are as rock solid and tight a band as you will ever hear.
Overall it was a fun night of reliving all of Sammy greatest hits over the last 40 years!
Don’t miss myglobalmind’s interview with Sammy here……
On the eve of his fourth decade in rock & roll, Grammy Award®-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar has teamed with a seminal array of his legendary rock and country artist friends and bandmates, past and present, for his first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar and Friends.” The release will see Hagar joining forces with award-winning artists including Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Toby Keith, Taj Mahal, Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Neal Schon (Journey), Chad Smith & Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot), Bill Church & Denny Carmassi (Montrose), The Wabos and more on an epic collection of 10 new songs and unexpected covers. “Sammy Hagar and Friends” is produced by Hagar and Grammy winning engineer/producer, John Cuniberti,
From new original songs including “Not Going Down” (a song specifically written for Hagar by Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons), “Knockdown Dragout,” “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets,” “All We Need Is An Island,” and “Father Sun,” to reimagined covers of classics including Bob Seger’s, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” – Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, pop and blues .
The release of “Sammy Hagar and Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” US summer tour which kicks off July 26th in Tucson and wraps September 7th in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar’s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, The Wabos will also see influential bandmates from his career including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his line up of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peak of tracks from the new album.
In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a Deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5,” recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “Making of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout,” and more.