In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar stated he would know when to stop doing live gigs and that it would only happen if he could no longer play at a high level.
The Red Rocker, well known for his work with Van Halen and Chickenfoot, is laser-focused on his latest endeavor with The Circle. Even during the Covid days, when the band conducted virtual live sessions to create their album “Lockdown,” the frontman’s tenacity remained unwavering.
On September 30, Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release their follow-up album, “Crazy Times.” In order to offer their fans a preview of what the remainder of the album has in store, the band previously released two songs, “Pump It Up” and “Funky Feng Shui,” along with the corresponding music videos.
Recently, the Red Rocker said he had no plans for the next year since he wants to wait and see how the new record does. In addition, he said that at his age it is difficult for him to act on stage with the same intensity almost every night, something he used to be able to accomplish.
Hagar is certain, though, that he will never develop into a performer who is average in comparison to his earlier performances. As a result, he will stop doing live concerts when the moment is perfect, he stops sounding the way his fans are accustomed to hearing him, and he can no longer give his all on stage.
Sammy Hagar’s thoughts on calling it quits on live performances when the time comes:
“I’m not taking one obligation for next year when I decide what I want to do and see how this album does. It’s hard at my age to go out and be as great as I’ve always been. That’s important to me. I don’t ever want to be that guy where they go, ‘Yeah, he was a lot better last time.’ They’ll never say that about me. I’ll quit before that happens.”
A summer 2022 US tour by Sammy Hagar and the Circle included George Thorogood and the Destroyers as backup. Venues have been reserved until the end of the year for the “Crazy Times Tour,” which started this past June.