Sammy Hagar Says He And His Fans Need To Get Back To Live Performances As Soon As Possible
In an interview with Radio.com, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar talked about his live performance with The Circle as a part of his annual birthday bash and admitted that he doesn’t enjoy doing shows at home since he loves to be on stage and interact with his fans.
As you may know, Sammy Hagar has been conducting various businesses including his restaurant in Mexico and his tequila brand named ‘Santo Spirit’ which he formed with Emmy Award-winning chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri.
The 73-year-old rock icon has also been working on his projects with his band, The Circle, which was formed by Hagar, original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson.
In October 2020, Hagar celebrated his 73rd birthday with another special show as a part of his annual birthday bash. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sammy had to move the party to Catalina Island in California. The iconic musician’s birthday party was professionally filmed and was available for his fans as a pay-per-view stream.
According to his statements in a recent interview, Sammy’s birthday party was a lot of fun but it was also quite expensive since they had to build a stage and take everything to Catalina. Even though his latest live show was not financially successful, Hagar still insists that he doesn’t enjoy doing shows from his home.
Seemingly, he wants to walk out on the stage for hours and play his songs in front of a live audience. Sammy mentioned that he and his ‘crazy fans’ need to have the live shows back since there is nothing in the world that will ever replace the feeling of performing live.
Here is what Sammy Hagar stated about his birthday bash and getting back to the live shows:
“Our booking agency is trying to find ways to do more shows. The drive-in movie theater thing, that didn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t do it. My fans are crazy. So we did the Catalina Island thing, where we said, ‘Well, let’s have a boat-in and see how that works.’ And that was cool, but it was so expensive. I mean, you wanna talk about paying to play. It’s, like, man.
We had to build a stage, we had to bring production — everything — on the Catalina. We had to stay there a week, building everything out, and we did a pay-per-view, and it was successful, but it was not financially successful. But that wasn’t the idea — the idea was to finish up my birthday bash and get it done.”
“Getting creative with it — I don’t like creative with trying to do a concert. I’m sorry. I don’t wanna do ’em from my home. The little things we did were fun — the ‘Lockdown Sessions’ — we did some great, creative things. It was great. But it was fun for me. But I have my fun by walking out on stage for two hours and playing the music and entertaining and talking to the folks and getting the feedback.
There’s nothing that will ever replace that. And I need it. And I want it. And my fans need it. And they want it. And we’ve got to have it. So we’ve gotta get back to it.”
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