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Sammy Hagar & George Thorogood

Sammy Hagar & George Thorogood

Review & Photos by Chris Schmitt

Sammy Hagar and The Circle at The Parker in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

I recently had the privilege of attending an unprecedented paring of two legends at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood Florida., featuring Sammy Hagar and the Circle, with the legendary George Thorogood as the opening act. The night was an unforgettable celebration of rock ‘n roll that left everyone in awe and wanting more.

The atmosphere was electric, with fans of all ages eagerly awaiting the performances. The stage was set for a night of timeless rock classics.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers set the stage on fire as the opening act for Sammy Hagar & The Circle., He brought his signature bluesy-rock style to life and continues to amaze with his remarkable stage presence. Kicking things off with the timeless “Rock Party,” Thorogood’s riffs and gravelly vocals set a high-energy tone. The crowd roared as he flawlessly blended hits like “I Drink Alone” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Thorogood’s dynamic performance seamlessly paved the way for Sammy Hagar, creating a night of rock and blues that left fans craving more.

After a short pause, the lights dimmed and the anticipation grew, Sammy Hagar and the Circle burst onto the stage with the explosive “There’s Only One Way to Rock.” Hagar’s energy was boundless, and his powerful vocals proved that he’s still the Red Rocker we all know and love. The chemistry between Hagar, Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson, and Jason Bonham was undeniable, and it reflected in their high-powered performance.

Their setlist was a rollercoaster of Hagar’s hits, Van Halen classics, and a taste of Led Zeppelin, paying tribute to some of rock’s most iconic moments. The crowd erupted when they launched into “I Can’t Drive 55,” and Hagar’s vocal were solid during “Right Now” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” Michael Anthony brought his vocals to life during “Ain’t Talkin’ bout Love.”

“The Circle” Which includes Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson & Jason Bonham. Sammy Hagar is backed by a Bonafede Supergroup, Michael Anthony provides a solid and melodic foundation for the music with his impeccable technique and a deep resonant tone, His backing vocals add another dimension to the music. Vic Johnson’s guitar skills are nothing short of extraordinary, with his nimble fingers effortlessly weaving intricate melodies and powerful riffs, showcasing a mastery that captivates you. Jason Bonham’s drumming skills are unparalleled, embodying a rhythmic precision and thunderous energy that pays a powerful tribute to his legendary father, John Bonham, while establishing his own mark in the world of rock.
Throughout the night, fans were singing along and dancing to every beat. Hagar’s heartfelt interactions with the audience created an intimate connection, making you feel like you were right there with an old friend.

The concert concluded with a Van Halen Classic “When it’s Love”. Sammy Hagar and the Circle, along with George Thorogood, had delivered a night of rock ‘n roll that will be etched in the memories of all those in attendance. This show was a testament to the enduring power of rock music. If you ever have the chance to see these legends live, don’t miss it. It’s a night you won’t forget.

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