On Saturday August 16, 2014 The History of Rock Tour featuring Sammy Hagar along with friends Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Vic Johnson (The Wabos) and drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin Experience) hit the stage at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena for the Harrahs/Harveys Summer Concert Series. Attendance for this show was very good with over 5,000 fans singing and dancing to every song.
Sammy Hagar also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He afterwards launched a successful solo career, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with "I Can't Drive 55". He enjoyed huge commercial success when he replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985, but left the band in 1996. He returned to the band for a 2 year reunion from 2003 to 2005. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen. His present musical project is lead singer of Chickenfoot.
This examiner has seen the Red Rocker play many, many times with a variety of different line-ups, but this was by far the best show I've seen to date. Every song that was played blew my socks off. The guys played seven Van Halen songs, five Led Zeppelin songs, one Montrose song, four Hargar orignals, a fantastic bass solo by Anthony, an awesome guitar solo by Johnson (this examiner has a whole new respect for this guy) and an off the hook drum solo by Bonham which featured a giant screen behind the stage that played a vintage video of John Bonham doing his Moby Dick drum solo where Jason hit every beat to perfection, it was truly amazing.
The set lasted nearly two and a half hours and went like this, (from the set list on the sound board)
"There's Only One Way To Rock", "Rock Candy" (Montrose song), "Good Times Bad Times" (Led Zeppelin cover), "Poundcake" (Van Halen song), "I Can't Drive 55", Anthony bass solo, "When It's Love" (Van Halen song), "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin cover), "Little White Lie", "When The Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin Cover), "Moby Dick" (Led Zeppelin cover), Bonham drum solo, "Why Can't This Be Love" (Van Halen song), "Finish What Ya Started" (Van Halen song), "Heavy Metal", Johnson guitar solo, "Best Of Both Worlds" (Van Halen song) and three encore songs, "Right Now" (Van Halen song), "Rock And Roll' (Led Zeppelin cover) and an acoustic version of "Dreams" (Van Halen song) featuring Johnson on guitar.
Every minute of this show was incredible. If you missed any of the eleven nights of this very short tour, you really missed out. Who knows if this line-up will ever play together again, it truly was a lesson in the History of Rock.
If you want to see all the photos from this great Sammy Hagar and Friends show (click here).
With only three shows left of this years Summer Concert Series at the Harrah's/Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, you still might have a chance to see three great shows. To see who's left (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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