Sammy Hagar says fans can expect more touring in his future, and the Van Halen-heavy setlists will get even heavier.
During an appearance on the YouTube show That Rocks! yesterday (7/12/23), Hagar said he plans on going out on tour next year and continue to pack his setlist with Van Halen songs.
“I do plan on going out and touring…I plan on doing even more [Van Halen songs than the last tour],” said Hagar, who regularly included 10 to 12 Van Halen songs each night on his last tour with his band The Circle. “If you’re asking me what the future is of my setlist, I’m gonna lean really heavy on the Van Halen stuff because, number one, I don’t know how much longer I can sing that stuff. That shit is up there [vocally]. If I’m gonna go out next year, I would do a lot of Van Halen.”
As with the last Circle tour, Hagar said Michael Anthony will continue to take lead vocals on David Lee Roth-era classics like “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, “Unchained”, and “Runnin’ with the Devil”.
“I think that’s really cool too,” said Hagar. “If I’m standin’ up there, why would Mikey sing one of my songs? No. We do it anyway. We trade off, but, as far as singin’ a whole song, f@#* yeah. Mike, he was part of that band. He was right there. It ain’t just about his high parts. When we do those songs, when I sing with him, he sings the lead part, and then when the harmony comes in where he sings the higher part, I sing the lead part, and he sings the harmony part so it sounds like him with that high voice.”
Watch Sammy Hagar & The Circle Perform “Right Now” Live (2019)