Imagine harnessing the collective DNA firepower of Led Zeppelin's DNA, Van Halen, Montrose and more.
That's what Sammy Hagar & The Circle are able to do. The group combines the eponymous Hagar, his former Van Halen bandmate, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham (who is always mentioned in the conversation about best drummers ever) and former BusBoys guitarist Vic Johnson.
Their first studio album, "Space Between," came out May 10, and the group is hitting the road for a nationwide tour that makes two area stops later this month: a May 26 show at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and a May 28 show at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. and both feature 1980s rockers Night Ranger as the opening act.
Hagar brought his entire band with him during a recent interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM, where they played a couple of songs from the new album and discussed how the group came together.
Hagar and Anthony have known each other, of course, since their time in Van Halen in the 1980s, having also worked with together in Chickenfoot. He has worked with Vic Johnson for more than 20 years, having worked with him in Hagar's other band, Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas. He started working with Bonham in 2014 when Hagar formed The Circle.
It's hard to find anyone quite as busy as Hagar, who started and sold the popular Cabo Wabo tequila line. He still runs a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas bearing that name. He has fronted '70s hard-rockers Montrose, Van Halen, The Waboritas, Chickenfoot, The Circle and, of course, was a successful solo act. He is also a New York Times best-selling author.
Oh, and he happens to be one of the most chill and coolest guys in the room. Listening to how relaxed he was during the Stern interview, I wanted to give Hagar the name of Sammy Buffett because he has embraced a beach lifestyle, opened restaurants, and sold tons of merchandise.
Hagar told Stern he really wanted to play the entire new album in concert, he likes it that much, but they are going to drop the new songs in among the band members' hits.
With that in mind, expect to hear everything from "There's Only One Way to Rock" to "Poundcake" to "I Can't Drive 55" to "Finish What Ya Started" to "Rock Candy" to Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" to "Mas Tequila" to "Best of Both Worlds" and many more.
A great night of rock in a great setting (both venues are great to see a show). How can you go wrong?