Joe Satriani Applauds Sammy Hagar For Refusing The Lockdown And Continuing To Perform
Joe Satriani was interviewed by My Global Mind and reflected his thoughts and feelings about his bandmate and friend, Sammy Hagar, and his decision to continue performing. He praised Hagar’s nonstop shows despite the global pandemic and restrictions while revealing his own precautions.
Many musicians and bands such as Elton John, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Måneskin, Rage Against the Machine, Dirty Honey, and Mammoth WVH had to cancel and postpone some of their tours dates because of the increasing COVID-19 cases, especially since the emergence of the Omicron variant. They showed the ongoing restrictions as one of the main reasons behind their decision since they are difficult to follow.
In addition, the musicians often highlighted the importance of their audience and crew’s health even though it will cause financial problems for some who are currently unemployed. Their fans understood the hardships and respected their concerns. However, some musicians like former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar wanted to continue their shows, despite the restrictions.
Sammy Hagar recently revealed that he would embark on the Crazy Times Tour with George Thorogood & The Destroyers on June 10, 2022, in Bridgeport following his previous groundbreaking Las Vegas shows. His bandmate from Chickenfoot, Joe Satriani, stated that he talked about performing during the pandemic with Hagar and his secret is to keep it simple. For instance, he has a private plane, follows regulations, and gives only two or three concerts per month.
According to Satriani, he and other musicians from smaller bands had to perform more shows to overcome a possible financial disaster, so they had to cancel their live performances since they knew how dangerous it could be. The famous guitarist added that they couldn’t afford to organize tours like The Rolling Stones with separate rooms, cars, and massive places and praised Hagar’s determination to continue.
Satriani stated in his interview the following:
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Sammy Hagar about this and what he’s done. He’s got a private plane and does about two or three shows a month. He plans nothing in advance as I do, and of course, he doesn’t do six shows in a row every week like we do because he’s singing, and you can’t do that if you’re a vocalist.
So he’s able to do that and keep safe because he keeps everything really simple. The Rolling Stones can afford to have separate dressing rooms for everybody or separate limousines, and they perform very few per week. When they get on the stage, the audience is the way hell over there so it’s a maintainable bubble. The problem for the smaller bands is that it’s really tough to maintain.”
You can watch the interview below.