Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar says that he is having such a great time performing with THE CIRCLE, a combo consisting of Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, that he doesn't "even see a reason to make a record" with the group.
THE CIRCLE "rocks" a setlist spanning four decades — including hits from MONTROSE, Hagar's solo career, VAN HALEN and beyond — and with Bonham on board, they also jam out a few LED ZEPPELIN classics.
Asked by Ultimate Classic Rock if he has plans to do a lot of things with Anthony, Bonham and Johnson, Hagar said: "If I get offered a show, my first thing I'd find out is if THE CIRCLE is available before I say I will do it or not. Because I'm not sure that I would do it with any other people.
"I think THE CIRCLE is the band that I want to play with right now. It's the band that I choose to play with over any band. Even CHICKENFOOT is hard, because we only play CHICKENFOOT. So I miss playing 'When It's Love' and 'Right Now' and 'I Can't Drive 55' and 'One Way To Rock' and 'Heavy Metal' and 'Rock Candy'. I miss doing that, as much as I love CHICKENFOOT."
He continued: "THE CIRCLE is so satisfying that I don't even see a reason to make a record. We have so many great hits that we can choose from our catalog, all of those VAN HALEN hits, all of the Sammy solo, all of those MONTROSE hits, CHICKENFOOT hits, LED ZEPPELIN songs — we have that catalog to choose from for our shows, so to make a record would just be kind of a waste of time. I wouldn't say never, but first I'd like to put together the greatest set list that ever existed in rock 'n' roll, and I think we're pretty close to it right now with the one that we have, but it can even get better. There's a frikkin' goldmine to choose from of songs that I've written and sang in my life."
Hagar's first-ever acoustic album titled "Lite Roast", was released on October 14 via Mailboat Records. Joining Sammy on the CD is Vic Johnson, longtime guitarist of WABORITAS, Hagar's backup band, on guitar and vocals.