Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Peace Concert Hall
At 75, 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 1985-1996. Indeed, the Rock and 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.
Produced by eight-time Grammy award winner Dave Cobb, Crazy Times is the follow-up to The Circle’s lauded 2019 debut Space Between, a multi-category No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. Recorded in 2021, this latest album mixes sounds like Montrose, Van Halen, and Led Zeppelin to express Hagar's feelings about the state of the world, the disease of apathy and inaction, and reminisces on the ups-and-downs of a life well lived.
In the end, Crazy Times tells the story of Hagar and company's past two unique years and their lives during them. “In my lifetime, this is the first time we all went through something this major together,” Hagar says. “We all had to share in it and make it through to the other side. I think if you listen to this album from beginning to end, it will inspire you to learn how to live in these crazy times.