While it may be easy to take for granted the fact that Sammy Hagar has churned out rock classics for forty years now, what some people may not think about is just how many great bands Hagar has been associated with. From Montrose to Van Halen and most recently with Chickenfoot, for fans who attended his Four Decades of Rock Tour in St. Louis Saturday night they got a firsthand view of Hagar’s rich history.
For every night on the tour so far Hagar has played a few songs from Montrose, the band where he broke into the mainstream in 1973. The big difference in St. Louis was the reunion of the remaining living members of the band for the first four songs of Sammy’s set, with Sammy’s guitarist Vic Johnson doing an admirable job of filling in for Ronnie’s spot. It certainly was a treat to see original bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi performing with Hagar for the first time since Ronnie Montrose passed away in March of last year, and the first of only a few dates which will feature the band performing at Sammy’s shows.
St. Louis has had a special love affair with the Red Rocker for his entire career and the feeling is mutual as Hagar always seems to have a special treat for the St. Louis fans. From a live DVD recorded in the Gateway City to the first Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill, the Montrose reunion starting here was really a no brainer.
Running through a full set of twenty one songs Hagar and his band (which included bassists Michael Anthony- from Van Halen and Chickenfoot-and Mona Gnader, Vic Johnson, and drummer David Lauser) kept the party going and didn’t stop for nearly two hours.
The only thing they really didn’t touch on was any Chickenfoot songs, but with his rich history it can be justified.
Hagar’s voice sounded great and at an age (65) where most people are thinking retirement Hagar seems to just be getting started.
And that is just the way the Redheads want it.
Rival Sons opened with a nice bluesy/rock emotion-filled set.
Sammy Hagar Setlist:
1) Space Station #5 (Montrose song)
2) Rock The Nation (Montrose song)
3) Rock Candy (Montrose song)
4) Bad Motor Scooter (Montrose song)
6) I Can’t Drive 55
7) There’s Only One Way to Rock
8) I’ll Fall in Love Again
9) Three Lock Box
10) Right Now (Van Halen song)
11) Why Can’t This be Love (VH song)
12) Best of Both Worlds (VH song)
13) When It’s Love (VH song)
14) Finish What Ya Started (VH song)
15) Heavy Metal
16) Mas Tequilla
17) Knockdown Dragout
18) Winding Down
19) Eagles Fly
20) Bad on Fords and Chevrolets
21) Cabo Wabo (VH song)