I have been a fan of Sammy Hagar as a solo artist, with Montrose, Chickenfoot, and with Van Halen, so when I heard Hagar was touring with his “Four Decades of Rock tour” I couldn’t wait to see this show.
Sammy Hagar’s “Four Decades of Rock” tour was a show that everyone should see. I can’t believe Hagar been doing this for 40 years, it just seemed like yesterday when I bought his album “Three Lock Box.” Wow, whoever said Time Flies was right!
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Sammy Hagar, kicked off the show performing a medley “Space Station #5”, “Rock Candy”, and “Bad Motor Scooter from his Montrose days. Hagar was joined onstage with his band, the Wabos, along with special guest Michael Anthony. Anthony and Hagar have played together in Van Halen and Anthony and Hagar joined forces again in their super group Chickenfoot. Hagar, and Company rocked the crowd for nearly two hours with his solo hits “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” “Red,” and “I’ll Fall in Love Again.”
I’ve been lucky enough to see Hagar perform numerous times; this time around Hagar didn’t have his fans onstage with him. Instead, the stage had three giant video screens streaming videos behind him. In addition, no waitresses were bringing him drinks on stage. Dressed characteristically in red, Hagar performed a variety of songs spanning his entire career. Hagar’s voice was strong and he had plenty of energy as he jumped around stage signing autographs for many fans. Just when you thought the show couldn’t get better, former Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony joined Hagar onstage to perform a variety of hits from his Van Halen days. Songs like “Right Now,” “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Finish What You Started, and “On Top of the World” sent the crowd into a frenzy. Hagar and Anthony were definitely having a lot of fun as they were often high fiving each other, laughing, and smiling throughout the evening. The Van Halen set was definitely the highlight of the evening.
Finally, Hagar is one of those musicians who is best experienced on a live stage. Hagar brings high energy, classic hits, and is a real crowd pleaser. It was nice to hear a variety of songs performed in one single night. If this show comes to your town, I would highly recommend you to take the time to see it. I promise you will get your money’s worth.