(DTE Energy Theatre, Clarkston, MI – Tuesday July 23rd, 2003)
Having spent several years as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the mid-'70s hard rock band Montrose, it is more than an understatement to say that Sammy Hagar rules the genre of which he earns his living in! The man is terrific at what he does, excels in guitar wizardry and has a smile constantly emblazoned across his face that seems to have been surgically enhanced for sheer self enjoyment!
Having had Lynyrd Skynrd pave the musical way for him, the stage curtain drops at 9.40pm and Sammy comes bounding out, guitar slung, voice already formulating vocals for the on-rushing mic, that infamous grin there for all to see! ’There's Only One Way to Rock’ is the first dynamite track out the box and is followed by ’Rainy Day Woman’ (Waylon Jennings), ’Three Lock Box,’ ‘Top Of The World,’ and both ’The Limit’ and the short version of ’Let Sally Ride’.
Hagar controls, nay, prowls the stage as if he is in total command of each and every working facet of that evening’s entertainment. Behind him are three corralled groups of radio winners, all beers in hand, smiles on faces, throats sore already from singing at the tops of their lungs! Sammy regularly visits them and hands of Corona’s that he’s already had a swig from! ’Hallelujah,’ ‘Bad Motor Scooter,’ the classic Halen anthems ’Right Now’ and ’Dreams’ are all sung, with both ‘Little White Lie’ and ’I Can’t Drive 55’ bringing up the rear. ’ Mas Tequila’ is the show stopping song prior to the encore which runs through quite amazing rock out versions of both 'Why Can’t This Be Love' and ’Heavy Metal’.
Review and Photos by Russell A. Trunk
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