Sammy Hagar Salutes Frontline Workers At First Live Concert In Over A Year
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
May 25, 2021
Sammy & the Circle Live in Key West
Man did it feel good being back on stage! This one went out to all of the "Heroes" that stepped up to the plate and helped us get through 2020 - watch us perform the track live for the first time ever. 🎥: CaboRayboPosted by Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) on Monday, May 24, 2021
Sammy Hagar & the Circle are back on tour after spending most of the last year in COVID isolation.
The supergroup featuring Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson returned to a stage on May 23 for an outdoor show in Key West, Florida.
Hagar, who expected 2020 to be his busiest year of touring in decades, has been eager to get back to live performing as soon as possible.
After tearing through a set of solo hits, covers and classics by both Van Halen and Montrose, the Red Rocker reflected on the past 15 months and reiterated how grateful he is to have made it back to this point.
"It just want to say it really is cool to see things opening up and getting back to normal!" he said, after noting that he promised not to make a speech.
Hagar looked back on the Circle's Lockdown 2020 from-home covers album and how important that was to keeping the band connected, engaged and arguing, "just like a real rock and roll band."
But there were people doing much more important work over the last year than the Circle, Hagar admitted. While introducing David Bowie's "Heroes," he pointed out the everyday people who kept the world going, despite the pandemic.
"We started feeling really, really grateful for those people that stayed on the money," he continued. "The firemen, the policemen, the mailman, the grocery store attendant, the plumber that came to my house and fixed my f---ing toilet during COVID. Those people became kind of like the real heroes in life. Everybody’s got these heroes that are just bigger than life, well it seems like during 2020 some regular people stepped up and became heroes.”
Hagar shared video of the encore via his official Facebook page. You can watch it via the player above!
Hagar & the Circle last performed together during Hagar's annual birthday bash, which this year was recorded for pay-per-view from Catalina Island in Los Angeles.
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