Sammy Hagar and the Circle returned to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island for the Loop Luau.

If there’s something Chicagoans do, they appreciate every last ounce of summer. What better way to do that than to join Sammy Hagar and the Circle for their end of summer luau. The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion was bursting at the seams, with concert goers ready to party with the Red Rocker on his return to Chicago. Sipping Sammy Hagar Beach Bar Rum cocktails and donning Lei’s, the crowd were clearly up for the night ahead.

As the excitement was rising, waiting for the band to take to the stage, everyone’s attention was drawn to the big screens as they displayed a timeline spanning Hagar’s impressive career, going through everything from his days with Montrose, Van Halen and expansive solo career to name just a few of his accomplishments.

Hagar’s enviable all-star rhythm section which comprised of Jason Bonham on drums, and friend of 30 years, Michael Anthony on bass. The chemistry between Anthony and Hagar was palpable, clearly enjoying every moment of performing together again. This friendship is one that dates back to Hagar’s time with both Van Halen and Chickenfoot.

Vic Johnson rounded out the superteam’s sound, busting out some of the rockiest guitar licks, and looking like he was enjoying every minute.

With a career as long as Hagar’s, it would be difficult to fit everything into one show. However, they covered several of his hits from Montrose, Van Halen, and his solo career, being sure to include “Why Can’t This Be Love”, “I Can’t Drive 55,” and opener “There’s Only One Way To Rock.” They also performed covers of Led Zeppelin, rounding out the night with “Rock and Roll.”

Hagar’s passion and enthusiasm for performing are clearly not waning, which is impressive after all of these years. Looking at the attendance of this show, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sammy Hagar and the Circle, along with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, return next year for another Luau.

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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