Artist: Sammy Hagar
Venue: Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2005 @ 10:26 PM
Sammy Hagar hits the Arizona desert!
There was only one way to rock at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix on August 9th. Sammy Hagar
and the Wabos had arrived.
The energetic Red Rocker hit the stage around 8:00ish, as there was no opening band
support. The near capacity and diverse crowd was ready and waiting, then finally erupting
at the sight of those trademark blonde locks. Soon the opening chords and the bass
thumping of Mona were heard as Shaka Doobie came to life, followed by One Way to Rock and
Sympathy for the Human before the band took a breather. Give to Live, Ill Fall in
Love Again, Three Lock Box, a mostly drum-less version of Right Now all followed
throughout his set. The band was as tight as ever, having fun all night long. The
performance reflected the care free, have fun rock n roll attitude that Hagar is
notorious for, and other bands should take note of. It didnt even matter there was
no new material present, which is something most bands cant pull off in their shows
(hear that KISS?).
Hagar, at one point early in the set, was even signing autographs during a couple of songs
(during, not between). He also had an interesting stage set up. Behind him (and drummer
David Lauser) were risers that started on one side of the stage and wrapped around. Not
sure if these were contest winners or not, but they had the premium seats tonight. At one
point Hagar even walked through the entire crowd, from one side to the other. While these
people definitely had the best seats in the house, it was comical to learn later that they
got no restroom breaks until the show was done.
Hagar definitely puts on a show that is worth seeing. The energy, the atmosphere
hell at one point I thought I was in Cabo again. Do yourself a favor, dont miss this
show if its coming your way.
Note to Dodge Theater: This is not a photographer friendly venue. There is no
photo pit because they allow the front row to go to the stage, thereby not making any room
for photographers. The photographers are informed that they can shoot from the space
between what appears to be the 7th row and the 8th row. Not a good area for good shots.
Very limiting for angle shots. C'mon guys, get it together.
--Photos © 2005 David Svendsen (CrpnDeth)
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