Sammy Hagar’s Four Decades of Rock Speeds Into Massachusetts
While it’s true that Sammy Hagar may not be able to drive 55, the Red Rocker and self-proclaimed “CEO of Rock” has made easy work of rocking for the past 40 years. In fact, those years are on full display in his current Four Decades of Rock tour.
The show rolled into the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., on Oct. 25 for a night that celebrated Hagar’s extensive and colorful career, inviting fans to hop into his musical time machine. The show kicked off with a stage-spanning video board that flashed clips of Hagar and his music from day one through the present, including his start with Montrose back in 1973, his solo career and time spent with HSAS, Van Halen and Chickenfoot. The video montage played as a visual reminder of just what a crazy wave Hagar has been riding over the years.
Hagar was backed by his trusted Wabos (guitarist Vic Johnson, bassist Mona Gnader and drummer David Lauser) the other night. (Former Van Halen bandmate and current Chickenfoot compadre Michael Anthony, as well as the remaining members of Montrose, have joined him onstage at various shows during the run.)
After the video montage, Hagar performed a 16-song set that started with the Montrose-era ‘Space Station #5,’ ’Rock Candy’ and ’Bad Motor Scooter.’ From there, he went straight into the smash ‘I Can’t Drive 55.’ In what seemed to be one big difference from many other shows on the tour, Hagar dipped heavily into his latest album, ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends,’ the other night.
‘Bad on Fords and Chevrolets’ made an appearance early in the set, and a cover of the Depeche Mode classic ‘Personal Jesus’ showed up too. He also played ‘Knockdown Dragout’ and ‘Not Going Down’ from the new record, maybe as a reminder that he isn't going away anytime soon.
Hagar was also very generous with his Van Hagar offerings, playing ‘Right Now,’ ‘Why Can’t This Be Love,’ ‘Top of the World’ and ‘Finish What Ya Started,’ which made up a meaty middle part of the set.
Having recently celebrated his 66th birthday, Hagar doesn't seem to age. He ran from corner to corner of the stage, juggled duties as guitarist, singer and master of ceremonies all night. He's clearly still having a blast onstage after all these years. Here’s to another 40.
Photos From Sammy Hagar's Concert in Lowell, Mass., on Oct. 25, 2013