On September 25, Sammy Hagar and THE CIRCLE, the critically acclaimed supergroup featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, performed at Philadelphia, Pennyslvania’s Mann Center For The Performing Arts as part of its North American tour with COLLECTIVE SOUL. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
THE CIRCLE released a concert album, “At Your Service”, in May 2015. Recorded live on tour in 2014, this release documents the blistering performance of a band on fire performing hits from Sammy‘s four decades of rock (MONTROSE, solo, VAN HALEN, THE WABORITAS, CHICKENFOOT) as well as classic tracks from the LED ZEPPELIN catalog.
Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock, Hagar stated about THE CIRCLE: “I think THE CIRCLE is the band that I want to play with right now. It’s the band that I choose to play with over any band. Even CHICKENFOOT is hard, because we only play CHICKENFOOT. So I miss playing ‘When It’s Love’ and ‘Right Now’ and ‘I Can’t Drive 55’ and ‘One Way To Rock’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ and ‘Rock Candy’. I miss doing that, as much as I love CHICKENFOOT.”
He continued: “THE CIRCLE is so satisfying that I don’t even see a reason to make a record. We have so many great hits that we can choose from our catalog, all of those VAN HALEN hits, all of the Sammy solo, all of those MONTROSE hits, CHICKENFOOT hits, LED ZEPPELIN songs — we have that catalog to choose from for our shows, so to make a record would just be kind of a waste of time. I wouldn’t say never, but first I’d like to put together the greatest set list that ever existed in rock ‘n’ roll, and I think we’re pretty close to it right now with the one that we have, but it can even get better. There’s a frikkin’ goldmine to choose from of songs that I’ve written and sang in my life.”
After his stint as lead singer of MONTROSE, Hagar launched a successful solo career before joining VAN HALEN in 1985. During his time with the band, they notched four consecutive No. 1 albums before breaking up in the mid-’90s.