Sammy Hagar & The Circle with George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Hard Rock Live

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Just shy of his 75th birthday, Sammy Hagar is somehow as energized by and committed to the pure power of rock ’n’ roll as he was fronting Montrose in the 1970s and Van Halen from 1985 to 1996. Indeed, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur has conjured the very best of his legendary career on his 27th studio album, “Crazy Times,” which finds him backed by his longtime band The Circle: bassist, former Van Halen bandmate and fellow Rock Hall member Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham, all of whom remain at the peak of their collective games.

“Crazy Times” was recorded in fall 2021 and is the follow-up to The Circle’s lauded 2019 debut . The freedom to be back in a room rocking out with friends “felt unbelievable, but a little uncertain, too. There was joy in the hard work, catharsis and the camaraderie we’d craved. It was like those two years of not being able to do very much fell away and we really all came together and let it out in the music and lyrics. We were able to express what we felt” Hagar said.