Hagar shows I've been to not mentioned here!

August 29, 2010 by David Mccain
Hagar shows I've been to not mentioned here!

First time I saw Sammy was with Van Halen, November 1988, at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. When they hit that stage, I riased my fist in the air and screamed as loud as I could. It was one of the BEST shows I ever saw!!

The show started with a bang and ended with a fire during Led Zeppelin's " Rock And Roll. " Eddie just poured himself into his playing. Sammy inspired everyone with " Eagles Fly. " The whole damn show just FLEW.

I have a pic of the concert encased in a small shadow box. The pic shows Sam and Eddie having fun with Sam's " Standin' At The Same Old Crossroads " at the beginning of " Best Of Both Worlds. " It's difficult to find shows that are as good as that particualr VH show. Too many bands seem to cram lots of songs together and never seem to find a pace. Sam and all his groups have done marvelous jobs of giving GREAT performances all the time, every time.

I miss that ole VH show. But seeing that photo helps me to remember how much fun I had. And everytime I hear a SH tune, I can close my eyes and feel like a teen again, feeling those power chords burn through my spirit and in turn, inspiring me to raise my fist and scream " OH YEAH!!! "

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David Mccain's picture

I saw Van Halen in 88, 91,92 with Sammy. Then saw in 98 with Gary. Then in 2004 with Van Halen again. But I've seen Sammy as a solo guy about four or five times ( I've actually lost count ). I am so happy he has Chickenfoot. I love the music. But the Van Halen shows were extra special. I wish I could explain it better. But they were something else. I haven't seen too many shows like the VH ones. Maybe Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa. But that's about it.

302_Boss_Chick's picture

alas I was too young to be able to get to any of the Van Hagar shows, but I listen to it all the time, right now even as a matter of fact!! I love that pic up there by the way.

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David Mccain's picture

Thanks for the reply. I think I have seen Sammy ( with VH and without ) just under a dozen times. The only other person I have seen that much is Steve Morse ( with solo and the Dixie Dregs ). Sam has always made sure his shows are fun. Can't make it to Chickenfoot this year but next year I will go when the new disc is out!

5150Mike's picture

you are so right, I saw them a couple times that year in San Diego, Ca and at the Monsters of rock in Los Angeles. They were on fire back then. Sammy has still got it, his shows are still awesome whether its with the wabos or the foot.