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         COLLECTIVE SOUL, & THE CIRCLE

                 FEATURING SAMMY HAGAR

       ROCK THE AMP ON SATURDAY NIGHT

 
 

Last night, Mother Nature thought that she would rear her ugly head and drive out the thousands that poured into the Pompano Beach Amphitheater this Saturday night. Unfortunately for her, the fans that came out to see the show, were not budging.


Collective Soul and The Circle, featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson, and Jason Bonham invaded The Amp with a vengeance of rock music that spanned more than twenty years of hits. Hagar’s son, Andrew Haggis, started off the night of music with a set of original songs and needed with a tribute to the late Tom Petty by performing Free Fallin’ to the delight of the crowd.


As if I were in a time machine back to the 90’s, Collective Soul took the stage next with a very impressive set of alternative rock music. The band played all of their fan-favorites including The World I Know, December, and Shine.


It was now time for the headliner to take the stage. All this time, the rain was at bay and would only intermittently tease the crowd with a light mist here and there. By the time Sammy Hagar and The Circle finished their set-leading There's Only One Way To Rock, The Sky opened up and the rain began to pour. Normally this would send the masses running for cover but when you have a line-up of this caliber, nothing short of a hurricane could keep this crowd away.


Hagar and the gang played a great mix of songs. We heard everything from Sammy’s early days with a band called Montrose, his solo career, Chicken Foot, and his stint with a little band called Van Halen. Songs performed tonight were all hard-rockin’, guitar-filled, and epic. We heard Poundcake, I Can't Drive 55’ , Right Now, Why Can't This Be Love, and Mas Tequila. Hagar dusted off a couple of awesome covers of Led Zeppelin's, Good Times Bad Times and When The Levee Breaks. The all-star line-up encores with the Van Halen classic When It’s Love.


This is by far the reason why you should go to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. They continue to book some of the best musicians and bands around. Visit the venues website at www.thepompanoamp.org for a full list of great, up-coming music events that are sure to keep you coming back.


Many thanks go out to Kay Renz for making this review possible.


All photos by Chris Schmitt.