Mexican Meltdown Tour
Here's my account of another wonderful evening with Sammy: It was a dream come true... I had built a Dave Howard Custom guitar, to give to my longtime hero, Sammy Hagar. His management was so gracious to us, and I was allowed to give the guitar to Sammy, personally! We were onstage in the Cantina, and the show rocked, like every Sammy concert, I've been to in the last 15 years!!!
He opened up with Space Staion #5, then ripped through Shock-A-Doobie & Sympathy For The Human... then I was blown away when during Three Lock Box, Sammy ran off, stage right & came out RIPPING a solo on the guitar I'd given him earlier! He then went right into the anthem, There's only One Way to Rock on it, also. I feel so honored that he played it!
Sammy wore a big curly blonde wig for a few songs,& a Browns jersey, and was as funny, energetic, and classy as ever. He is the ultimate entertainer!!! He played for a good 2 1/2 hours, and Came out and did a rousing version of Cabo Wabo for the encore, with the crowd singing at the top of their voices.
It was a night I'll NEVER forget!!! And I'd like to thank Mark Litten, Rob Kern, Big Kenny, Paula Young, and especially the man, Sammy Hagar for making my dream come true & and being so wonderful to us. You guys are the GREATEST!!! "SEE YOU IN CABO ON THE 13TH!!!!!!" :)
As we sat with our friends in the bleachers on a beautiful night in Cleveland at Nautica in the Flats, my wife and I talked about how we'd be leaving for our trip to Cabo in about a month. We've been planning our trip since the end of 2000.
Sammy hit the stage following "The Real Deal" intro and jammed through "Shaka Doobie (The Limit)," which is my favorite song on "Ten 13." We were all rocking.
The set list was very similar to the one used when the Waboritas hit the stage in nearby Akron, OH, back inJanuary. There were some differences, though. No"Ten 13" or "Serious Juju," and "Marching to Mars" was left out at the end, probably due to the fact that the Nautica stage is a bit cramped. I doubt the "conga line" with the fans on stage could have taken place. There were some nice additions to the set, especially "Your Love is Driving Me Crazy," -- the song that should never have been left off of "Unboxed." Now, if I could just see Sammy perform "I've Done Everything For You" one of these days . . .
We had a great time, as we expected.
On a side note, as we drove home, I popped my "VOA" cassette in the car stereo. When the song "VOA" came on, I turned to my wife and said, "I love this song, but it's kind of strange how it seems a little dated now" due to the references to the USSR.
Less than 36 hours later, that song had a renewed meaning. Due to the tragedies of 9/11/01, our trip to Cabo may be canceled, but that is hardly important at a time like this. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by the WTC, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania crashes. That includes Americans and citizens of the world.
And regardless of what happens in the upcoming weeks and months, may peace come to the world quickly.
Thanks to Dave Howard and Brian K for the reviews and Rob & Dawn for the set list!