The trek kicks off next summer alongside Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Jason Bonham
Sammy Hagar is returning to the road next year. The Red Rocker announced Tuesday plans for a full North American run slated for next summer. He will be joined by rock heavyweights and longtime bandmates Michael Anthony on bass and backing vocals, Jason Bonham on drums, and Joe Satriani on guitar. Featuring special guests Loverboy, the 28-date tour kicks off on July 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida and will conclude on August 31 in St. Louis, Missouri.
See the full tour itinerary below and watch the tour trailer.
Very special guests for the trek will be Loverboy. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 am. General on-sale begins Friday, November 17 at 10am local time.
The tour follows on the heels of the chart-topping success of Van Halen’s The Collection II, the box set released on October 6. The new release is a sequel of sorts to 2015’s The Collection, which featured the band’s six albums recorded by the band’s original lineup with singer David Lee Roth. The new set includes 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995). These records represent the band’s phenomenal streak of four No. 1 Billboard 200 albums in a row. Additionally, fans will enjoy the Studio Rarities 1989-2004 LP, an exclusive compilation that assembles eight gems from the Hagar era for the first time. Among these rarities is “Crossing Over,” the B-Side to Balance’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”, and the band’s only non-album B-side.
“It’s crazy to think that it’ll be 20 years since Mikey and I played these songs with Van Halen on the 04’ Best of Both Worlds Tour,” Sammy Hagar said. “With Joe on board, we can take a deeper dive into those years. We’re going to touch on some hits from my entire career but seeing fans old and new really embrace the new collection set off something in Mikey and I. We were at my Birthday Bash in Cabo for my 76th and looked at each other and high fived, like ‘let’s do it.’ We pulled out a couple of them and it was an instant lovefest with the fans from our first riffs. The music we created is going to outlive us all. They deserve to be heard so it’s time we go out and serve the fans that music, while we still can.”
The compilation boasts other exceptional highlights, including the band’s cover of Little Feat’s “A Apolitical Blues” and the instrumental “Baluchitherium,” which were originally left off the vinyl versions of OU812 and Balance, respectively. Additionally, the set features two songs the band contributed to the Twister Soundtrack – “Humans Being” and the Grammy®- nominated “Respect The Wind.” Rounding out the set are “It’s About Time,” “Up For Breakfast,” and “Learning To See,” which were recorded during the band’s temporary reunion with Hagar in 2004. All three debuted that year on Van Halen’s second greatest hits collection, The Best of Both Worlds.
“These records were recorded before (without) ProTools or digital recording,” Hagar said of the original albums. “It was analog on real to reel tape recorders. There’s a very special sound to that type of recording. We were careful not to destroy any of that, but to re-master with more modern technical equipment to bring out that wonderful magical sound. Where do you hear this stuff!? It’s never sounded better.”
Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-Platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s Keep It Up, and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Notorious”, “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.” In September of this year, the group was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
July 13 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
July 14 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 16 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
July 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 20 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 22 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
July 26 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 27 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 29 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 31 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 2 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 3 – Tinley Park, IL – Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
August 9 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 11 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 13 – Spokane, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
August 14 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
August 16 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
August 17 – Concord, CA – Toyota Pavilion at Concord
August 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum
August 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
August 22 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
August 23 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
August 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 28 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 30 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
August 31 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre