Irving, TX -Thursday night ushered in the second event at Irving’s new Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory with rock legend Sammy Hagar and the Circle. While there were a few minor hiccups during the inaugural ZZ Top performance last week, those issues seemed to have been addressed and things appeared to run quite smoothly Thursday evening. Hagar said he was there to finish breaking in the brand new, state of the art venue – and that he did.
Hagar’s band, The Circle, Consist of longtime friend and bandmate Michael Anthony from Van Halen, Jason Bonham, the legendary son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson. Hagar calls the band an experience and compilation of Hagar’s time with Montrose, Van Halen, Chicken Foot and, of course, some Led Zeppelin featuring drummer Jason Bonham.
Hagar who will celebrate his 70th birthday next month was not looking or acting his age. Opening up with his popular hit from 1981 “There’s Only One Way To Rock” got the crowd on their feet and hands in the air. When Hagar wasn’t strapped to his guitar, he was working the front barricade – signing everything from t-shirts to books thrown on stage.
Hagar jokes about the new facility and says now he’s played every venue in Dallas. He also spoke of his 70th birthday bash coming up at his legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar mentions this special occasion will be recorded and released in theaters for a limited viewing time later this year. With tickets so scarce for his actual birthday bash, the option to join the movie after party was well received by the crowd.
Closing out the show, Hagar offers the audience advice about following your dreams and never giving up. He says you got to live your dreams and feels that he is still doing so today. Following his motivational speech, he ended the evening with “Dreams”, the 1986 Van Halen hit, a-cappella style with just himself and guitarist Vic Johnson. It’s a bittersweet moment for longtime fans who can only wonder if this is Hagar’s last tour.
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