Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony -- 6/28/06

Went to the show last night in Gilford, NH. The night had the potential to suck for a lot of various reasons but the show itself was very good.

Especially the set-list. I've been seeing Sammy Hagar for like 20 years and this is the first time I can remember ever seeing him play his song from the movie Footloose. And he played a few songs from his early-80's "Standing Hampton" album that I haven't seen him do in years. He also did the Bob Dylan "everybody must get stoned" song and the song that Toby Keith wrote about the Cabo Wabo Cantina.

That was all the first half of the show with his band "The Waboritas". After a short intermission, the second half started out with Michael Anthony doing a bass solo {yawn} which turned into "Runnin' With The Devil" -- which surprised me a LOT, and then it was alllllll Van Halen from there, until the encore which was the Beastie Boys "fight for your right to parrrrrrty" song. In between, they did a lot of stuff from the Van Halen 5150 album -- stuff I haven't seen or heard live since VH did them on that tour.

I THINK Mikey may have had a drink or two too many during the first half of the show (when it was just Sammy and the Wabos playing). Funny.

So all in all, it was very cool and highly entertaining. Sammy works the crowd like NO ONE else in the biz -- he always autographs literally everything that anyone brings up or throws up to the stage, he high-five's or hugs everyone along the way, and walks through the audience of fans that are on the stage during the whole show.

I took a bunch of pics and I'll post them soon.

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