Sammy Hagar & The Circle To Release New Album “Crazy Times” Later This Year

Sammy Hagar & The Circle are planning to release a new album, titled “Crazy Times,” later this year. According to Hagar, the effort is “the best record [he has] ever made.”

Hagar told Forbes the following:

“We’re gonna have a new record coming out in the next couple of months. We’re gonna release the first single. We made a record called ‘Crazy Times’ with Dave Cobb. It’s the best record I ever made in my life, but I hate to even say that because that’s what everyone says. But I’m telling you from my heart, it’s the best record I ever made in my life. We did it at this RCA Studio with all that vintage equipment, it sounds phenomenal. It’s great, my best songwriting ever, best production ever, and we made four videos already.”

He also added:

“David Cobb said, ‘I’m not gonna do anything that even sounds anything remotely country on this record, ’cause I wanted to make an Americana record a little bit less hard rock.’ He goes, ‘I wanna make ‘Standing Hampton’. I wanna make the record I grew up on, I wanna hear you and Mikey sing like you did in ‘Top Of The World’ with VAN HALEN. That’s what we’re gonna get out of you guys.” And he’d come up and squeeze it out of us, and it’s like this book, it’s a hybrid of everything I’ve ever been involved with musically. David Cobb is the reason because he squeezed it out of me. He said, ‘This is what I grew up on, motherfucker. You ain’t gonna get away with working with me and try to do something else,’ you know what I mean? And that’s when I learned, and I know he worked with Slash next, and I’m sure Slash found out the same way this guy wants to rock; he don’t wanna make no country record with Sammy Hagar.”

Watch Sammy Hagar & The Circle Pay Tribute To The Late Taylor Hawkins With Live Cover Of Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”

During their April 29 set at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, Sammy Hagar & The Circle paid tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins with a live cover of Foo Fighters’ “My Hero.” You can see footage of that below. Hagar said the following about the performance:

“When we were asked by the promoter to fill in for the Foo Fighters at the Beale Street Music Festival, my first reaction was ‘No fucking way!’ We discussed it as a band, and we came up with ‘Why not! Let’s just go play music and you’re at a big ass Circle party for those people, just do what we do!’ Then with Dave Grohl’s blessings we decided to do a broken down version of one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. It felt appropriate. No rehearsal, After all this is rock ‘n’ roll and that’s what it’s all about. Enjoy.”

Watch Lita Ford Join Sammy Hagar Onstage For Performances Of Montrose’s “Rock Candy” And Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll”

During Sammy Hagar’s March 25 show at The STRAT in Las Vegas, NV, the Red Rocker was joined onstage by Lita Ford for some performances of Montrose’s “Rock Candy” and Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.” You can find some fan-filmed footage of that below:

Sammy Hagar To Release New Book “Sammy’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites From The Red Rocker”

Sammy Hagar will be releasing a new book, titled “Sammy’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites From The Red Rocker,” on March 29. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book;

“Sammy Hagar may be best known as the former frontman of the iconic band Van Halen. His fans know him as the Red Rocker and as the songwriter behind hits like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” However, music is just one of his passions.

Sammy is a businessman, a connoisseur of great cocktails, and the creator of Cabo Wabo Tequila, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rums, and—along with his good friend and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri—a line of Santo Tequilas and Mezquila. He created Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grills so people could hang out with their friends and families, have a few drinks, laugh, and enjoy the good times and unique cultures of the places he enjoys most—and the recipes in “Sammy’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker” reflect those differences.

In addition to bartending basics and cocktail foundations, chapters include:

*Splash of Aloha! – Hawaii’s coolest cocktails
*Mas Tequila – South of the Border cocktails
*Sinful Signatures – VIP, Vegas–inspired cocktails
*Tinseltown Twists with Cleveland Pre-Funk – an original mix of Hollywood and Cleveland’s best cocktails
*Encore – More of Sammy’s personal favorite cocktails

Enjoy drinks such as the Coconut Mojito, Maui Mama, Tiki Swizzle, Blanco Gimlet, Coco Loco, Coronarita, Santo Oaxaca, Santa Paloma, Brazilian Kiss, Vojito, Strawberry Surf, and Black & Blue Lemonade, and more!”

Hagar commented:

“I have been working and studying the art of making and drinking cocktails for decades now, and have finally pulled together all my favorites, my knowledge on how to do it, and what we need to throw the best parties with the best cocktails and some tips on how to put it all together. I guarantee this is the only cocktail book you will ever need. It’s kind of like my greatest hits from in front and behind the bar.”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Announce Summer Tour With George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have announced a summer headlining tour. George Thorogood & The Destroyers will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

06/10 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
06/11 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
06/13 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
06/15 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
06/16 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/23 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/24 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/26 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/27 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/30 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/01 Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
09/07 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/09 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/10 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Hagar commented:

“A tour this size has been a long time coming and it’s definitely going to be worth the wait. The Circle and I are super excited and ready to throw the party of the year with George Thorogood. We’re going to take the music and party to a whole new level — ‘Crazy Times’ is an understatement.”

Sammy Hagar Adds More Dates To His Las Vegas Residency

Sammy Hagar has added more dates to his “Sammy Hagar And Friends” Las Vegas residency at The Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. The new shows will be held on February 9, February 11, February 12, March 23, March 25, and March 26. Tickets will go on sale on January 12 at 10 a.m. PT.

Sammy Hagar Named Tourism Ambassador To Los Cabos, Mexico

Sammy Hagar has officially been named an honorary ambassador of Los Cabos, Mexico. The frontman received the municipality’s first Medal Of Honor during an award ceremony yesterday (January 5).

Municipal president of Los Cabos, Oscar Leggs Castro said the following:

“In recognition of Mr. Hagar’s incredible commitment to Los Cabos and our new partnership, we are thrilled to honor him with this unprecedented role in championing Los Cabos as a prestigious travel and business destination. Mr. Hagar has long been the unofficial ambassador to Los Cabos and through this designation we look forward to strengthening our tourism brand by leveraging his national and global appeal to promote Los Cabos throughout the world. We are thrilled that Mr. Hagar will continue to bring his incredible network of friends in music, entertainment and business to Los Cabos.”

Director of tourism Donna Jeffries added:

“Sammy Hagar has lived in Los Cabos since the last century and his contributions to our economy are immeasurable. His pioneering vision to create and invest in Mexican businesses, including Cabo Wabo Cantina, Cabo Wabo Tequila and Santo Tequila, have created countless local jobs and have enhanced Los Cabos’ visibility as a travel destination. Mr. Hagar has been there for our community through good times as well as when we have faced immense challenges like hurricanes and a pandemic, and his unwavering dedication to promoting his brands worldwide, and by extension Los Cabos, have been nothing short of extraordinary.”

Hagar also commented:

“Being honored for anything in Los Cabos is the same for me as being honored in my hometown, because I feel this is my hometown and has been since the early ’80s. I will treasure this award, putting it right next to my Grammy, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction award and the rest of my music awards. I am truly thankful and excited about this ceremony. I will continue to do my part in bringing this, one of the most beautiful places in the world, to the rest of the world, as your new ambassador of tourism.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sammy Hagar To Perform During Halftime At Upcoming Raiders Vs. Bengals Game

Sammy Hagar will be performing during halftime at the November 21 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. The frontman said the following about that:

“It’s going to be a blast to come out this weekend and rock the Raiders’ halftime show. I have a great deal of respect for Mark Davis and it’s incredible what he and the team have brought to Las Vegas, which is like a second home to me. I’m also excited to be there for a game that’s honoring the military. I’ve done some cool things in my life, and this is up there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Finish New Album

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have officially finished their new album. Hagar told Joe Rock the following about that:

“We just finished a whole freakin’ record. Right now it’s tentatively called ‘These Crazy Times’. And it is all brand new songs. We went in with Dave Cobb, the producer in Nashville. And it’s not a country record. He’s a great producer. He’s a rock guy to the bone. He just happens to produce Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlile. RIVAL SONS, he produces that band too. Anyway, he’s a great producer. We went in and did a whole new record with THE CIRCLE. And it’s so badass, I just can’t wait to get it out.”

[via Blabbermouth]