Sammy Hagar & The Circle with special guests George Thorogood & The Destroyers and Damon Fowler will be live in concert at The Sound at Coachman Park in Downtown Clearwater on Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 25 at 10 am.
Just shy of his 75th birthday, Sammy Hagar is somehow as energized by and committed to the pure power of rock’n’roll as he was fronting Montrose in the 1970s and Van Halen from 1985-1996. Indeed, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur has conjured the very best of his legendary career on his 27th studio album, Crazy Times, which finds him backed by his longtime band The Circle: bassist, former Van Halen bandmate and fellow Rock Hall member Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham, all of whom remain at the peak of their collective games.
Crazy Times is the follow-up to The Circle’s lauded 2019 debut Space Between, a multi-category #1 album on the Billboard charts. Crazy Times was recorded in fall 2021 “when the world was starting to come out of the pandemic bubble we’d all been living in,” Hagar says. The freedom to be back in a room rocking out with friends “felt unbelievable, but a little uncertain, too. There was joy in the hard work, catharsis and the camaraderie we’d craved. It was like those two years of not being able to do very much fell away and we really all came together and let it out in the music and lyrics. We were able to express what we felt.”
Five decades, 15 million albums and more than 8,000 performances later, few bands can still rock the house like George Thorogood & The Destroyers. But when asked to pick a career highlight, maybe one night over the past half century that changed everything for George Thorogood & The Destroyers, he shakes his head, flashes a huge grin and heads off to soundcheck. “My highlight is when I step on that bandstand,” Thorogood says. “The promoters invited us, the fans came to hear us, and we’re ready to rock. Every night I play for people can be the biggest night of my life.”
Florida’s Gulf Coast has produced a plethora of distinctive musicians, from the blues of Tampa Red to jazz greats Cannonball and Nat Adderley to former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts to The Outlaws. Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a masterful singer, guitar player and songwriter, has absorbed the best of and furthered the work of the region’s definitive artists. A hard driving troubadour, his music is steeped with soul and representative of the many styles that make up the roots of American music. He has gained the respect of his peers given his featured slot in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and his side gig as guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band. Critics have compared Fowler’s guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. Fowler can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, and his lyrical work on lap steel and dobro makes him a stand out performer among the legions of guitar heroes.
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