The Circle: At Your Service Live

Enjoy a boozy night out with Hagar and his mates.

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With his gold discs on the wall and money in the bank, Sammy Hagar is in the enviable position of the gentleman rocker: he does what he wants, when he likes. And what he likes right now is The Circle, probably the best bar band in the Western world.

“The Circle is so satisfying I don’t even see a reason to make a record,” he says, and there’s a logic behind that notion. Joined by his old Van Halen compadre Michael Anthony, his solo band guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham, he can offer a setlist that runs through Montrose, Hagar’s solo work, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and – stretching a point, but why not – Led Zeppelin.

There’s perhaps too much of the latter (Good Times Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love, When The Levee Breaks, Rock And Roll and a Bonham drum solo) but that’s a minor cavil: this is a big, boozy night out with a band supple enough to swap from the hard stuff – Rock Candy, Poundcake – to the dazzling AOR of When It’s Love and Dreams, all topped by one of the great voices of the age./o:p

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.