Grand Theater at Foxwoods,
August 02, 2014
A Journey Through The History of Rock 2014
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01. video intro
02. There's Only One Way to Rock
03. Rock Candy
04. Good Times Bad Times
06. I Can't Drive 55
07. Bass Solo
08. When It's Love
09. Whole Lotta Love
10. Little White Lie
11. When the Levee Breaks
12. Moby Dick
13. Why Can't This Be Love
14. Finish What Ya Started
15. Heavy Metal
16. Guitar Solo
17. Best of Both Worlds
18. Right Now
19. Rock and Roll
Sammy Hagar - vocal, guitar
Vic Johnson - guitar, vocal
Jason Bonham - drums
Michael Anthony - bass
The truth of the matter is, I went to this show primarily because Jason was in the band. I think I much prefer this lineup than anything else I�ve seen in the recent past. A nice retrospective with a healthy dose of Zeppelin thrown in for good measure.
Review BY STEPHEN PETERSON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - Sammy Hagar has certainly had quite a varied musical career over four-plus decades, fronting some early bands, going solo and then becoming the lead singer of Van Halen.
Songs that span those eras of the singer/songwriter/guitarist were all on display Saturday night at the Grand Theater in Foxwoods as Hagar and his latest band hit the stage on the Journey Through The History of Rock tour.
Hagar, believe it or not, turns 67 in October, but still looks, plays and acts much younger.
Group members feature Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony - who has played with Hagar for years, so the concert could be viewed as seeing half of the Van Halen quartet.
Jason Bonham, son of the late great Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, was on drums, and several Zeppelin songs also found their way into the set list.
Starting off with "There's Only One Way to Rock" from Hagar's 1982 solo album, it was a signal this was going to be one hard rock show.
"We're going to take you on a trip tonight," Hagar told the crowd before launching without his guitar into "Rock Candy" from his Montrose days in the early 70's.
Zeppelin then made an appearance with "Good Times, Bad Times," with Hagar telling the crowd the legendary British group had a big impact on him.
Hagar, nicknamed "The Red Rocker," was back on guitar for his most famous song, the protest anthem "I Can't Drive 55" from 1984, and which was played with the famous MTV video in the background and the crowd singing along.
The first Van Halen song of the night, "When It's Love," which topped off at No. 5 on the charts in 1988, is off the "OU812" album.
"Whole Lotta Love" and "When the Levee Breaks" from Led Zeppelin mixed the song set up again. Lead guitarist Vic Johnson played a double neck guitar on the latter.
A nice touch, Bonham played a drum solo as video of his father was shown.
"Why Can't This Be Love?," a No. 3 tune from 1985, is off "5150" - the first Van Halen album with Hagar after David Lee Roth left and which featured songs all written by the new singer. It was the group's first No. 1 and best-selling album.
After another Van Halen song, "Finish What Ya Started," Hagar's high energy "Heavy Metal" from 1981 featured Anthony and Johnson co-singing.
The audience clapped along to the melodic "Best of Both Worlds," also from Hagar's Van Halen days.
The encore had Van Halen's "Right Now" from the early 90's and Zeppelin's chestnut "Rock and Roll."
Missing from the set were Hagar's popular songs "I've Done Everything For You" that Rick Springfield covered, his highest-charting hit "Your Love is Driving Me Crazy," and "I'll Fall in Love Again."
"Feels So Good," "Dreams," "Black and Blue," "Top of the World" and "Love Walks In" were well-known numbers missing from his Van Halen stint.
Best known and having his most success as Roth's successor, Hagar fronted Van Halen from 1985 to 1996, and had his music start in 1967 in his native California.