It was sure to be another night of great rock at the California Central Coast’s newest venue, The Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles with the arrival of the Four Decades of Rock tour from Sammy Hagar. Sammy always delivers, so you knew it was going to be a great night in wine country. The addition of openers and fellow California band Rival Sons just pushed the anticipation for the show up more than a few notches.
The retro quality rock sound of Rival Sons kicked off the night, and I was highly anticipating their set. The Long Beach based band brings an energy and vibe to their music that is felt, with the amazing musicianship of guitarist Scott Holiday, drummer Michael Miley and newest band addition and bass player David Beste. Beste has taken over the bass duties on the band’s latest tour, which wrapped at this gig in Paso Robles. The band is rounded out by dynamic frontman Jay Buchanan, whose vocals, energy and sincerity shine through on every song the band performs. (click on photo to enlarge)
Rival Sons have made inroads all around the world, with their popularity in Europe and elsewhere exceeding that in their home country. That has to change, as Rival Sons are the real deal and deserve to be recognized on a massive scale here. The band delivered, exceeding all my expectations and I hope to see them many more times as we all watch their continued ascent in the rock world. I wish this band all the best and look forward to many years of fantastic music from them. For more Rival Sons photos give the Marshall of Rock facebook page a like at: https://www.facebook.com/marshallofrock
Sammy Hagar showed his generosity before the show to a local charity as he has on each stop of the current tour, with a contribution to the SLO County Food Bank. Then he showed his generosity on stage with a set that chronologically rocked from the music of Montrose through Sammy’s career up to today.
Sammy and The Wabo’s made their way through the early years of Sammy’s amazing career with a medley of classic Montrose tracks, that set the tone and raised the energy level up with each track. That was followed by the early Sammy rocker ‘Red,’ and other solo mainstays.
The set continued with 5 Van Halen tracks, and the not previously billed addition of fellow Chickenfoot bandmate and bassist Michael Anthony. Anthony had been announced as appearing on other stops on this current tour, just not this one, so it was a rush to have him come out for the Van Halen era Sammy tracks.
The set followed with the Wabos party anthem ‘Mas Tequila,’ and encores of ‘Eagle Fly,’ followed by tracks from the upcoming new ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’ album, due on September 24. For more Sammy Hagar photos from the show go to the Marshall of Rock Facebook page.
It was a fantastic night of music at the beautiful new Vina Robles Amphitheatre. For the upcoming shows in the remainder of the season check out www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com
Sammy Hagar’s set list:
1. Space Station #5/Rock Candy/Bad Motor Scooter (Montrose medley)
3. I Can’t Drive 55
4. There’s Only One Way To Rock
5. I’ll Fall In Love Again
6. Three Lock Box
7. Right Now (Van Halen song)
8. Why Can’t This Be Love (Van Halen song)
9. Best Of Both Worlds (Van Halen song)
10. When It’s Love (Van Halen song)
11. Finish What Ya Started (Van Halen song)
12. Heavy Metal
13. Mas Tequila
14. Knockdown Dragout
15. Eagles Fly
16. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets