Alice In Chains, Incubus, Sammy Hagar, Etc. Set For 2022 Pain In The Grass Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Pain In The Grass festival. The event will take place at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA on September 2-4 and it will feature the following:

September 2: Incubus, Sublime With Rome, The Struts, The Aquadolls, Naked Giants, and The Grizzled Mighty.

September 3: Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Bush, Ayron Jones, Walking Papers, and Wyatt Olney And The Wreckage.

September 4: Sammy Hagar And The Circle, George Thorogood And The Destroyers, Queensrÿche, The Glorious Sons, Nita Strauss, Glenn Cannon And The Damage Done, Always Naked, and Spike And The Impalers.

Notably, The Pretty Reckless and Ayron Jones will also be performing at an August 31 kickoff party at The Moore Theatre in Seattle WA.

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.”

Dave Mustaine Confirms Who Played Bass On Megadeth’s New Album, Reveals Special Guests Appearing On The Record

During a recent interview with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM‘s “Liquid Metal”, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine officially confirmed that Steve DiGiorgio (Testament) was recruited to play bass on the band’s new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!.” That effort is currently expected to be released on July 8.

Mustaine had the following to say about recruiting DiGiorgio after firing David Ellefson from the band [via Blabbermouth]:

“We obviously had that weird little…well, it wasn’t little, but we had something happen that we needed to make a decision on, and it set us back a little bit timing-wise, because we needed to recalibrate and find someone to perform the bass parts, and we found who I thought was the perfect fit for us while I decided what to do… Do you know who it was? …It was Steve DiGiorgio. You’re the first person I told.

It was a good choice. I didn’t think about anybody else at the time. I was thinking about ‘who’s the hottest guy out there that can play these new songs?’ [Mustaine’s son] Justis told me one of the fastest songs we’ve ever written is on this record. I don’t care what anybody says — bass may be less strings than guitar, but it’s difficult to play, if you’re like me. I have a real hard time playing the bass. I wrote the riff for ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ for Pete’s sake, but you know… having to jam some of those parts that fast, it just kills your fingers.”

In related news, Mustaine also revealed that the new record will include covers of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck” and Sammy Hagar’s “This Planet’s On Fire.” The latter track will feature Hagar himself. Furthermore, Ice-T (Body Count) will be guesting on a new song called “Night Stalker.” Mustaine said the following about that [via MetalSucks]:

“There’s a song called ‘Night Stalker’…I can’t remember if that was the fastest one or not, but ‘Night Stalker’ is about the 160th Battallion with the U.S. Army, and it’s all the black-ops helicopters that go in at night, nobody knows they’re there, they’re in, they’re out, and…I had my buddy Ice T join me on a part in the middle of it, because Ice was a Ranger in the army, and he did two tours over in Afghanistan…I think that was back in ’91, when I first met him. I know he was a Ranger. “

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.”

Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Etc. Concerts Included In Live Nation’s “Lawn Pass” Promotion

Live Nation have revealed the artists that will be taking part in their “Lawn Pass” promotion. The campaign will give fans access to multiple concerts at select venues for $199 plus fees. More details can be found HERE.

Here’s the participating artists:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • AJR
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Big Time Rush
  • The Backstreet Boys
  • The Black Keys
  • CHEER Live
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Chicago
  • Coheed & Cambria
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Deftones
  • Dispatch and O.A.R.
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Foo Fighters
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Halsey
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jack White
  • Jason Aldean
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Josh Groban
  • Keith Urban
  • Kenny Chesney
  • KISS
  • Knotfest Roadshow (Slipknot, Cypress Hill, In This Moment, etc.)
  • Lil Durk
  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
  • The Lumineers
  • Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild N Out Live
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • OneRepublic
  • Phish
  • Rebelution
  • REO Speedwagon and Styx with Loverboy,
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • Rod Stewart
  • Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Snoop Dogg & Ice Cube
  • Steely Dan
  • Tears for Fears
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tim McGraw
  • Zac Brown Band

Here’s the participating venues:

  • Ak-Chin Pavilion (Phoenix AZ)
  • Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (Raleigh, NC)
  • Concord Pavilion (Concord, CA)
  • Darien Lake Amphitheater (Darien Center, NY)
  • Dos Equis Pavilion (Dallas, TX)
  • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park (Tinley Park, IL)
  • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Isleta Amphitheater (Albuquerque, NM)
  • iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • Jiffy Lube Live (Bristow, VA)
  • Lakewood Amphitheatre (Atlanta, GA) – Formerly Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (Tampa, FL)
  • North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (Chula Vista, CA)
  • PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)
  • PNC Music Pavilion (Charlotte, NC)
  • Ruoff Music Center (Noblesville, IN)
  • RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater (Ridgefield, WA)
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA)
  • St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview (Syracuse, NY)
  • The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (Scranton, PA)
  • The Pavilion At Star Lake (Burgettstown, PA)
  • Toyota Amphitheatre (Wheatland, CA)
  • USANA Amphitheatre (West Valley City, UT)
  • Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Waterfront Music Pavilion (Camden, NJ) – Formerly BB&T Pavilion
  • White River Amphitheatre (Auburn, WA)
  • Xfinity Center (Mansfield, MA)
  • XFINITY Theatre (Hartford, CT)

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.