Sammy Hagar – 2013-08-23 – FirstMerit Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, Il

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August 27, 2013 at 1:18 am Quote #29281

kite
(2009)

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=462609 Sammy Hagar
FirstMerit Pavilion at Northerly Island
Chicago, Illinois
August 23, 2013

Source: Church Audio CA-11 cards => UGLY pre-amp => Tascam DR-2D (24/44.1)
Transfer: DR-2D => WAV => Magix Audio Cleaning Lab => FLAC (level 8, dithered to 16-bit)

Location: Second row, stage right

Disc one (46:22):
(1) Intro (0:13)
(2) Space Station #5 (2:37) =>
(3) Rock Candy (3:08) =>
(4) Bad Motor Scooter (5:18)
(5) Red (4:18)
(6) I Can’t Drive 55 (5:00)
(7) Banter (2:11)
(8) There’s Only One Way To Rock (4:27)
(9) I’ll Fall In Love Again (3:15)
(10) Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy (2:38)
(11) Banter (2:16)
(12) Three Lock Box (4:10)
(13) Right Here, Right Now (6:43)

Disc two (56:53):
(1) Why Can’t This Be Love (4:13) *
(2) Best Of Both Worlds (4:56) *
(3) Banter (1:54)
(4) Top of the World (4:20) *
(5) When It’s Love (5:46) *
(6) Cabo Wabo (tease) (1:23) * =>
(7) Finish What Ya Started (5:58) *
(8) Heavy Metal (4:34)
(9) Mas Tequila (4:44) => *
(10) Knock Down Drag Out (3:33) *
(11) Encore break (2:36)
(12) Fire hydrant presentation (2:37)
(13) Winding Down (2:39)
(14) Eagles Fly (5:27)
(15) Good night (1:10)

* w/Michael Anthony

Md5 signature file is included. Sorry, no artwork (feel free to make some)

Comments:

Sammy’s “Four Decades of Rock” tour came through Chicago last weekend, and I felt compelled to see the show via discounted “obstructed view” seats which (like the previous week’s Black Crowes/Tedeschi Trucks Band show) weren’t obstructed at all. Altogether, definitely got my money’s worth relative to the people two seats over who paid three times as much for tickets. Sammy put on a very entertaining show which exceeded my expectations and whipped the crowd into a frenzy on a beautiful night in a beautiful setting.

The setlist roughly followed his discography, with an introductory medley of Montrose tunes, followed by a batch of his hits from the 1980s. A six-pack of Van Hagar songs followed, five of which featured a very animated (and possibly overserved) Michael Anthony on bass and backing vocals. The last section of the show featured his recent solo material with the Wabos, including (I think) a couple of yet-to-be-released tracks. The band was animated and very tight; Sammy didn’t seem to have spent a lot of time rehearsing, but his flubs were forgiven by the adoring crowd who partied as hard as they could during his 105-minute set. His voice has lost a little edge over the years, but he still delivers (and has much better range than the former/current VH vocalist, Diamond Dave). Really fun show.

In terms of sound quality, this was the loudest show I’ve seen in awhile, and I could feel every bass drum kick thudding in my chest. You can pick this up on the recording; the low end is really powerful and crisp. Vocals and guitar kind of go in and out in the mix; they’re not as prominent as they should be, but good enough. Sound quality is a lot better than I expected being close up. There may be yet another source released that was recorded in the back; this one lacks some of the “ambience” of the setting, but there’s a great immediacy to the recording where you feel like everything is happening right in front of you. If you’re a Sammy Hagar fan at all, you’ll find this worth the download. A couple of random comments:
* Jim Peterik (formerly of Ides of March and Survivor) makes a 30-second cameo at the end of “Heavy Metal” singing backing vocals and high-fiving the band. Sammy introduces him and mentions they wrote the song together. Who knew?
* Michael Anthony’s backing vocals are too high in the mix, and shall we say, “tough” — he really should stick to bass, IMO. He’s singing in the wrong key most of the time; perhaps due to his level of excitement (which was very high). He was really animated during his brief appearance and his bass parts sounded great. His off-key vocals were apparently managed better during the reunion tour in ’04 than they are here.
* There are periodic bursts of static and distortion in the VH mini-set, I think because there may have been a short in Anthony’s vocal mic (or perhaps it was overloaded). I don’t think this is the fault of the taping gear or the sound system, and you can get used to it (though it’s annoying).
* I’ve never seen anyone sign merchandise during a show before, and it was funny that people were passing t-shirts and vinyl albums up to the stage for him to sign throughout the show. The most fan-friendly thing I think I’ve ever seen during a show; at one point, you can hear him direct audience members to pass a signed Blackhawks jersey back to the right audience member (he pointed to the fan and said, “It’s his”).

The show was a fun party, and I think the atmosphere translates well on the recording. If you like his music (with and/or without VH), you’ll probably find this well worth the download. For my part, it was 105 minutes well spent.

A 24-bit version will be posted separately; this is in “CD-friendly” format. There are no fades, so the disc splits above are just a suggestion; you can break up the discs any way you want.

Mp3 samples are included in the comments.



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August 27, 2013 at 6:15 am Quote #29282

Mink
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August 27, 2013 at 10:45 am Quote #29283

ron
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August 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm Quote #29285

Gilligan
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Uh oh, if Michael can’t sing back up what can he do?! :mrgreen:


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August 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm Quote #29287

kaloway
(1872)

Gilligan: Uh oh, if Michael can’t sing back up what can he do?! :mrgreen:

drink Jack and make hot sauce


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August 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm Quote #29288

ks34vh
(2119)

Pretty nice setlist tho!


Laughing at the Days Garbage Through Loud Volume, This is “Laughing At Reality”..

VHT Member since 2001


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August 28, 2013 at 7:48 am Quote #29294

sickman
(2368)

Gilligan: Uh oh, if Michael can’t sing back up what can he do?! :mrgreen:

Maybe they should have piped in Wolfgangs backing vocals!


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August 28, 2013 at 8:12 am Quote #29295

mcs5150
(1085)

sickman: Maybe they should have piped in Wolfgangs backing vocals!

Hahahahaha


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August 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm Quote #29300

dokkendude
(3018)

cool me & scoobie from the board here went, we had a blast from 4th row :mrgreen:



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August 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm Quote #29304

jabbo5150
(335)

I thought Mike sang fine at the Detroit show, but the songs where he and Mona sang together, she was just brutal. I’ve never liked how she’ll just sing an octave higher than Sam for her harmonies. Good show though


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September 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm Quote #29588

ron
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September 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm Quote #29589

ron
(8931)

dokkendude: cool me & scoobie from the board here went, we had a blast from 4th row :mrgreen:

Another VHT outing where I didn’t get to meet anyone. I’m beginning to think it must be me! :) I was in the 6th row.


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September 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm Quote #29591

Mink
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Thanks for the heads up with the Rival Sons portion. I thought they were great in St. Louis. I’m looking forward to hearing this!



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September 9, 2013 at 9:18 am Quote #29618

dokkendude
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ron: Another VHT outing where I didn’t get to meet anyone.I’m beginning to think it must be me! :) I was in the 6th row.

we need some vhtrade gear to wear to shows just so if you see it you know to go introduce yourself



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