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...Rocker and one-time Van
Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has a tough time finding exciting ways to top
himself. Last summer, he and original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth,
despite name-calling and arguments, embarked on a highly publicized tour -
....So what's in store for
Hagar fans this year? Only the biggest Cinco De Mayo party of 2003 with Sammy
Hagar featuring Michael Anthony, rock en espanol band El Tri and Creedence
Clearwater Revisited, all making their way to Mountain View on May 4. As former
frontman for VH and his own successful solo career, Hagar has plenty of hits to
choose from. Hagar took the stage backed by his band, the Waboritas.
....The shaggy-maned singer's
stage set-up--which normally features a large-scale replica of the interior of
his Mexico-based Cabo Wabo nightclub--was scaled down to a simple array of
red-cased speakers and a small pair of bleachers filled with contest winners.
....The group kicked things off
with "Red," one of Hagar's well known tunes. The setlist also
featured other Hagar favorites, including "There's Only One Way to
Rock," "Three Lock Box," "Heavy Metal," "I Can't
Drive 55" and "Mas Tequila." Highway 61 Revisited (Everyone Must
Get Stoned) 3) Three Lock Box 4) There's Only One Way to Rock 5) Top of the
World 6) Rock Candy 7) Bad Motor Scooter.
......After all the ups and
downs of last year's tour,with David lee Roth Hagar says he felt it was time
for a change. "This year, I found some more reasonable people, who wanted
to make a party out of it this year," explained Hagar. "I wanted this
to be a celebration and a different-than-normal rock concert. Cinco De Mayo is
just an excuse." This celebration will feature more than a night of rock
great's, with everything from mariachis and wrestlers to salsa lessons and
authentic Mexican food and with his own brand of Cabo Wabo Tequila.. "
Last tour some 40 fans and lucky winners graced the stage on Hagar's bar-like
setting. This year, he took it one step further "I've enlarged the
bar," said Hagar making it 75 fans who grace the back drop on stage.
Anthony--who has been popping up at a number of this tour's stops--strolled on
stage mid-set and sent much of the crowd into a cheering, screaming frenzy.
Anthony, Hagar and company then tore through a batch of VH hits that included
"Top of the World," "Why Can't This Be Love," "Best of
Both Worlds" and "Finish What Ya Started.", Anthony nailed the
thunderous bass lines and supersonic harmonies, and the Waboritas did an
admirable job of replicating the classic tunes. The music was amazing, and the
Waboritas were very tight.
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...... By Randy Cohen
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|1) Red 2) Highway 61 Revisited (Everyone
Must Get Stoned) 3) Three Lock Box 4) There's Only One Way to Rock 5) Top of
the World 6) Rock Candy 7) Bad Motor Scooter 8) Things Have Changed 9) Halfway
to Memphis 10) Hallelujah 11) Deeper Kinda Love 12) Seventh Seal (*) 13)
Runaround (*) 14) Best of Both Worlds (*) 15) Right Now (*) 16) I Can't Drive
55 17) Heavy Metal 18) Mas Tequila 19) Why Can't This Be Love(*) 20) Cabo Wabo
(closing version) (*) with Michael Anthony on bass