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The Red Rocker

The last time Sammy Hagar had a hit single, The Karate Kid was a new story, the San Diego County Fair was called the Del Mar Fair, and the speed limit really was 55. But that didn't stop 4000 fans from braving the Fair's opening-day crowds to see the Red Rocker play an 80-minute set on the racetrack.

Kicking off his show with the dated yet effective one-two punch of "There's Only One Way to Rock" and "I Can't Drive 55," Hagar navigated his way through nearly four decades of hits. He struggled with the high notes that were his signature decades ago, but for a guy who's two years from an AARP membership, Hagar showed no signs of slowing down.

Pulling material from the early ’70s Montrose catalogue, Hagar also dipped generously into his Van Halen repertoire, wrapping up the evening with "Finish What You Started." With a ton of rock still rolling around in his 62-year-old body, as well as a summer tour with Aerosmith on the horizon, Hagar appears nowhere near finished.

  • Concert: Sammy Hagar
  • Date: June 11
  • Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Seats: Center Stage
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The last time Sammy Hagar had a hit single, The Karate Kid was a new story, the San Diego County Fair was called the Del Mar Fair, and the speed limit really was 55. But that didn't stop 4000 fans from braving the Fair's opening-day crowds to see the Red Rocker play an 80-minute set on the racetrack.

Kicking off his show with the dated yet effective one-two punch of "There's Only One Way to Rock" and "I Can't Drive 55," Hagar navigated his way through nearly four decades of hits. He struggled with the high notes that were his signature decades ago, but for a guy who's two years from an AARP membership, Hagar showed no signs of slowing down.

Pulling material from the early ’70s Montrose catalogue, Hagar also dipped generously into his Van Halen repertoire, wrapping up the evening with "Finish What You Started." With a ton of rock still rolling around in his 62-year-old body, as well as a summer tour with Aerosmith on the horizon, Hagar appears nowhere near finished.

  • Concert: Sammy Hagar
  • Date: June 11
  • Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Seats: Center Stage
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too bad the reviewer didn't use a photo from the show, Sammy was all in red that night, more than a few pounds heavier, and several years older....lol.

He also neglected to mention Sammy is 1/4 of the super group Chickenfoot. Together with Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, Chickenfoot is a new force to be reckoned with in Rock and Roll.

Decent review otherwise.

July 18, 2010

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