By: Gary Graff
Sammy Hagar has started rehearsals for his upcoming Four Decades of Rock tour, a 13-date late-summer trek that kicks off August 15 in Tulalip, Washington, and wraps up September 7 in his home town of San Francisco.
The shows will include material from his tenures with Montrose and Van Halen as well as with his current band, Chickenfoot, as well as from his solo career.
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is joining Hagar for the whole tour, while surviving Montrose mates Bill Church and Denny Carmassi are slated to play three shows.
Hagar tells us that the four decades have gone by quickly for him:
"I gotta tell ya, it doesn't feel any different...It feels exactly the same way to me as it did back then. The only difference...is that back then it's all I cared about. I'd run to rehearsal. I'd drive fast as I could. I'd be eating a sandwich on the way, spilling it all over myself because all I wanted to do was get in that studio or get in that rehearsal hall with those guys and play music. And I'd be there 10 hours and didn't care, didn't want to leave...And now it's like, 'Well, look, we got two hours to get this together, man,' you know? But it feels exactly the same. It's a trip."
Hagar releases a new album, "Sammy Hagar & Friends," on September 24 that features collaborations with Journey's Neal Schon, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Taj Mahal, Kid Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Chickenfoot mate Chad Smith, Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani, country stars Toby Keith and Ronnie Dunn, and Anthony and Carmassi.
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