Sammy Hagar pays tribute to ‘real heroes’ at first post-COVID concert
Sammy Hagar returned to the stage on May 23 for a performance with his band The Circle in Key West, Florida.
The Red Rocker remained active during the hiatus caused by COVID-19, posting regularly on social media and creating a series of streaming performances called the Lockdown Sessions. Yet these activities couldn’t replace the special energy that comes with performing in front of an audience, and Hagar was clearly thrilled to celebrate the return of live music.
The May 23 set began with “There’s Only One Way to Rock,” Hagar’s signature hit of the 1982s. Hampton standing. From there, the Circle worked their way through tunes from Hagar’s entire career, including solo material (“Three Lock Box”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “Little White Lie” ), Van Halen songs (“Good Enough”, “Top of the World”, “Right Now”) and even occasional covers, like “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin.
Watch Sammy Hagar and the Circle perform ‘right now’ at their May 23 concert
After returning to the stage for an encore, Hagar thought he had promised to “not come up here and give a speech” on the COVID-19 lockdown, “but I just want to say it’s really cool to see things open up and come back to normal. “
The Red Rocker went on to mention how the Lockdown Sessions were able to make him and the Circle feel “like a real rock and roll band” even when they couldn’t be together.
“We started to feel really, really thankful for these people who stayed on the money. Firefighters, police, postman, grocery store attendant, plumber who came to my house and fixed my fucking toilet during COVID, ”Hagar continued. “These people have become a bit like the real heroes in life. Everyone has these heroes who are just plain larger than life, well, it looks like in 2020 ordinary people have stepped up and become heroes.
From there, he and the Circle embarked on a cover of David Bowie‘s “Heroes,” their first performance of the song in concert. Video of the performance can be seen in the Facebook post below.
About a year ago, Hagar made waves by saying concerts can’t wait for a COVID-19 vaccine before returning. “I would rather see everyone go back to work. If some of us have to make sacrifices on this, okay. I will die so that my children and my grandchildren will have a life close to the life I had in this wonderful country and the freedom, ”he said at the time. Months later, Hagar clarified his position, saying any return to touring should be “safe and responsible.”
The Circle will continue to perform across Florida until June. Stops in Illinois, Idaho and Washington are scheduled for August.