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Concert Review: Sammy Hagar and Friends Invade Hampton Beach

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Reviews

Sammy Hagar & Friends
Featuring: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
July 30, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos & Words by:  Jeff Palmucci


Sammy Hagar played last week at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in a show billed as “A Journey Through the History of Rock.” With the musicians joining him on stage, he we able to make good on that promise. Jason Bonham was on drums, son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham. Micheal Anthony on bass, Sammy’s bandmate from both Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy’s backup band The Waboritas was on lead guitar.

With Jason onstage, the band was able to rip through quite a few Led Zeppelin classics, including ‘Good Times Bad Times’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘When the Levee Breaks’, and ‘Rock and Roll’. Sammy did a great Robert Plant during these songs, hitting the intense highs just fine. True, I went to the show for Hagar tunes, but with the incredible Zeppelin covers, I left feeling I got a little bit more.

The rest of the set consisted of a selection of Van Halen tunes, Hagar’s solo work, and even a song way back from Montrose (‘Rock Candy’). I was a bit disappointed that there was no Chickenfoot. However, there seems to be some movement on a new album (see, so here’s hoping I don’t have to wait that long to see them again.

One thing that always strikes me about Hagar is the fun it looks like to be on stage. They seem to be genuinely having a good time. They’ll interact with each other and have fun with the crowd. Mikey accepted a shot on stage and Sammy put on a 5150 jersey tossed from the audience, singing through the neck whole when he got tangled up putting it on. It’s good too see these guys having fun, especially after the drama they’ve had to go through in the past.

With Good Times Bad Times being released in 1969, the “Journey Through the History of Rock” reaches back a respectable 45 years. Sure it’s a highly selective history, but I loved it.

Set List:

  • One Way to Rock
  • Rock Candy
  • Good Times Bad Times
  • Poundcake
  • 55
  • When It’s Love
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Little White Lie
  • When the Levee Breaks
  • Moby Dick
  • Why Can’t This Be Love
  • Finish Whatcha Started
  • Heavy Metal
  • Best of Both Worlds


  • Right Now
  • Rock & Roll
  • Dreams
  • All We Need Is An Island


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