Sammy Hagar will celebrate Van Halen on tour with Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham.
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony are teaming up with guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Jason Bonham for a summer tour that will focus heavily on the music of Van Halen. They call it The Best of All Worlds Tour. Loverboy gets the ball rolling.
“ It’s crazy to think it’ll be 20 years since Mikey and I played these songs with Van Halen on the 2004 Best of Both Worlds TourHagar said in a statement. With Joe on board, we can delve deeper into these years. We’re going to touch on some successes from throughout my career, but seeing fans old and new embrace the new collection sparked something in Mikey and me. We were at my Birthday Bash in Cabo for my 76th birthday and we looked at each other and said “Let’s do this”. We played a few of them and, from our first riffs, the fans were going crazy. The music we created will outlive us. It deserves to be heard, so it’s time to get out there and serve this music to the fans, while we still can. »
Hagar and Anthony had previously worked with Satriani in the supergroup Chickenfoot. They recorded two albums between 2009 and 2011 and toured across America, but never performed a single Van Halen song. After Chickenfoot ended, Halen and Anthony began playing Van Halen’s catalog again with guitarist Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham in Sammy Hagar and the Circle. This new band is essentially a mix of Chickenfoot and Circle, and it’s the closest thing to a Van Halen tour at the moment.
In 2022, Satriani revealed that he had been approached to participate in a Van Halen tribute show with David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen. “ I met Alex at one point when I went to Los AngelesSatriani told Q104.3 in New York. But I think there are some internal things that need to be worked out with the family… And many times I said to Alex, “Are you sure? Because I don’t play like Eddie. I’m just a super fan. I can definitely play these songs. But Eddie was so original – just the way he ran on stage and sang and played. It’s incredible. »
That project never saw the light of day, but now Satriani has another chance to tackle Van Halen classics as well as some songs from Hagar’s solo career. A press release states that they will play “ Finish What Ya Started “, ” 5150 “, ” Your Love is Driving Me Crazy “, ” Best of Both Worlds “, ” Poundcake “, ” Sexy Little Thing “, ” One Way To Rock “, ” Right Now “, ” Good Enough ” And ” Eagles Fly “.