Sammy Hagar band The Circle to play Outdoor Arena
Sammy Hagar’s latest band, The Circle, is the place to now see the singer/guitarist in his true element: playing songs from all phases of his career very live and very loud.
“I just love playing with this band and it makes me so happy that the fans are embracing this latest musical adventure,” Hagar recently wrote on his official website.
Hagar and The Circle play on July 2 at his usual haunt for practically yearly shows in this area, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena.
Hagar is joined in the Circle by bassist Michael Anthony, who Hagar played with in the bands Van Halen and Chickenfoot. On drums is Jason Bonham, son of legendary drummer John Bonham from Led Zeppelin and a popular musician in his own right. On guitar is Vic Johnson, one of the original members of the new wave band The BusBoys and a touring member of Hagar’s solo band the Waboritas since 1997.
The group plays songs from Hagar’s beginnings in Montrose through his solo career, work with Van Halen and even some Zeppelin songs. The group has released a live album and DVD in 2015, both called “At Your Service.”
It’s one of dozens of albums in which Hagar has been front and center. He started in the early ’70s with Montrose, known for hits in that era such as “Rock Candy” and “Bad Motor Scooter.” His solo career started in earnest in 1976, where he earned the nickname “The Red Rocker” for his penchant for wearing that color during shows. His earliest hits include “You Make Me Crazy” and “I’ve Done Everything For You,” later covered for a big hit by Rick Springfield.
He had a lot of solo success in the early ’80s with several top 40 hits: “I’ll Fall in Love Again,” “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” and “I Can’t Drive 55.” In 1985, he joined Van Halen for a successful second career including hit songs like “Dreams,” “Right Now” and “When It’s Love.”
After leaving Van Halen in 1996, Hagar toured and recorded with both the Waboritas and the band Chickenfoot, another super group which featured guitarist Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both of Chickenfoot’s albums hit the top 10 and the song “Oh Yeah” was a hit on rock radio in 2009.
Hagar’s also an entrepreneur, owning several clubs and restaurants around the world. This includes the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Lake Tahoe, modeled after the bar/restaurant in Mexico that he opened 26 years ago.
“The discovery of a place like Cabo and the creation of the cantina has created a lifestyle for me and hundreds of thousands of fans,” Hagar wrote recently on his website. “It’s one of those dreams I never dreamt would come true. I don't know where I would be in my life or how I would even dress if it weren't for that lifestyle change.”