Fans of classic rock greats Led Zeppelin have more than a couple reasons to check out Sammy Hagar’s set at the South Shore this weekend.
The set lists for Hagar’s “A Journey Through the History of Rock” tour have included about a half dozen Zeppelin numbers in addition to selections from throughout Hagar’s solo career and his time with Van Halen.
“Whether fans fell in love with Hagar during his solo career or during his stint with Van Halen, it’s doubtful anyone anticipated the intensity with which he attacked the Led Zeppelin songs,” according to a review of a recent performance by Mary Oulette on http://ultimateclassicrock.com. “From ‘Good Times Bad Times’ to ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ and ‘Rock and Roll,’ Hagar’s passion for the music led the way through a set that didn’t offer even a shadow of a dull moment.
“With each member capable of shining brightly on their own merits, they combined forces to transform into a four-headed rock n’ roll wrecking machine. Barreling through the 20-song set, the highlights were so plentiful they were hard to keep track of.”
In addition to the Zeppelin songs, recent set lists have included Hagar’s classic “I Can’t Drive 55,” as well as the Van Halen hits “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Best of Both Worlds” and “Right Now.” At least one song from Hagar’s original band, Montrose, has also been finding its way into the performances.
Hagar’s band for the tour includes Michael Anthony, bassist for Chickenfoot and former bassist for Van Halen; Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas, and drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
The group performs Saturday at the Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena.