Sammy Hagar & The Circle Concert Review ~ 11.11.17

Ron and I had been looking forward to seeing Sammy Hagar for months and then Hurricane Irma came through our area and the original date of September 20th changed to November 11th.  In the long run, it worked out better because we didn’t have to take time off from work since the rescheduled concert landed on a Saturday.  We were so happy that they postponed the date and did not cancel it!

Since St. Augustine is about an hour and a half from our house, we decided to get a hotel at the Hampton Inn (We are Hampton Inn freaks) on A1A and make a weekend out of it.  We’ve never been to this particular hotel or seen beach side in St. Augustine.  Every time we visit, we stay in the Historic District (I’ll be there in a few weeks for their tour of lights..stay tuned for that blog in about a month or so).

We arrived at the hotel around 1pm and I walked in to see if we could check in early.  They said they would take our phone number and call us if the room opens up before check in time and gave us a parking pass.  We were able to park at our hotel and walk across the street to a place called Sunset Grille.  Ron and I both had the mahi tacos that were absolutely delicious.  Along with the tacos, they serve beans and rice on the side that were very tasty.  We ordered a few beers and sat outside since the weather was not humid or buggy.   When we were finished eating we hadn’t gotten a call to check into the hotel so decided to go to the bar area of the restaurant to watch the UCF game and have a few more beers.  We made small talk with people at the bar and the staff were professional and kind.  I would definitely recommend a trip to Sunset Grille if you are in the area.

After lunch we walked over to the hotel since it was getting close to check in time.  When we went up to our room we noticed we had a balcony view (it wasn’t of the ocean, but we had a balcony!). When we checked out on Sunday the woman behind the counter  asked how our stay was.  I said, “It was great!  Didn’t realize that I booked a balcony room”.  She said, “You didn’t, we upgraded you.” SCORE!!!  Thank you Hampton Inn!

It was nice to have a view of the American flag on Veteran’s Day.

On to the concert…..

This was the first time either one of us had been to the St. Augustine Amphitheater.  I knew that it was a smaller venue and that it was outside with an awning that covered most of the seats and I LOVE these kind of places!  They are not as crowded.  They are big but not TOO big where you can get lost.  AND it’s a much more intimate setting.  Sometimes arenas can be so overwhelming and annoying.

When I book tickets for concerts I ALWAYS book the premiere parking.  ALWAYS! They run between $20-$40 and worth every penny! When we got there we were about 8 cars away from the main entrance.  Again, WORTH….EVERY….PENNY!

Collective Soul opened up for Sammy Hagar & The Circle and I really enjoyed them.  I remembered some of their songs from back in the day and other songs I forgot they sang like “Better Now”. That was a sweet surprise. I haven’t heard that song in ages! They are a good solid band and they mentioned that they were in the process of recording a new album.

Collective Soul

Sammy Hagar & The Circle consists of Sammy Hagar (of course), Michael Anthony (bass player from Van Halen), Jason Bonham (his father was none other than the late John Bonham from a little ole band called LED ZEPPELIN) and Vic Johnson (he played with The BusBoys and Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas).  Their set list consisted of Van Halen tunes, Sammy’s solo career songs and Montrose songs.  One of my favorite songs is “Poundcake” and whoa….was it AMAZING live!  Chills!  Some of the other tunes they played were “Right Now”, “Dreams”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “Best of Both Worlds”,  “When Its Love”, “Heavy Metal” and a few Montrose songs that were before my time.  Ron knew them though!  Ha!  They ended the night with a cover of “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin that rocked the place!

It was definitely a great concert and to think that Sammy just turned 70 is CRAZY to me!  He has more energy than a 30 year old!

Set List for Sammy Hagar & The Circle
  • There’s Only One Way To Rock
  • Poundcake
  • Good Times Bad Times (Led Zepplin cover song)
  • Rock Candy
  • I Can’t Drive 55
  • Sexy Little Thing
  • Right Now
  • Why Can’t This Be Love
  • Little White Lie
  • When The Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover song
  • Best of Both Worlds
  • Heavy Metal
  • Mas Tequila


  • Dreams
  • When It’s Love
  • Rock and Roll (Led Zepplin cover song)
Set List for Collective Soul
  • Heavy
  • Shine
  • Better Now
  • This
  • AYTA (Are You The Answer)
  • The World I Know
  • December
  • Right As Rain
  • Where The River Flows
  • Run


Keifer Band & Faster Pussycat Concert Review ~ 7.23.22

On 7.23.22 I had the chance to see the Keifer Band and Faster Pussycat at Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, Florida. If you are unfamiliar with who Tom Keifer is he was the lead singer of the band Cinderella in the 80s. They gained superstar status when they released their first album Night Songs with hits such as, Nobody’s Fool, Shake me and Somebody Save Me. It was heavy, raw and Tom Keifer’s raspy screams won me over the moment I listened to the album.

I have never seen Faster Pussycat in concert before but when I saw that they were on the ticket with Keifer, I was excited! I love glam metal. It’s one of my favorite genre’s of music and they are as sleaze glam as you get!

Faster Pussycat were the first band to take the stage and they started their set with Jack the Bastard. The crowd was pumped and they kept us on a high for the hour and a half that they were on stage. They played some of the favorites like Slip of the Tongue, Bathroom Wall and the mega ballad House of Pain. They also have a new song out called NOLA which they played and it rocks! I was, however, a little disappointed that they didn’t play Poison Ivy but they definitely rocked the place with the songs that they chose.

Taime sounded great, Slim kept the crowd hyped and the rest of the guys sounded amazing! They are a fun band to see live. If you get a chance to see them, you should!

Keifer Band was on next and I was psyched! As predicted, they played some of my faves like Night Songs, Shake Me, Somebody Save Me, Fallin’ Apart at the Seams, Nobody’s Fool and Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone). I felt like I had died and gone to Cinderella heaven! I don’t think I stopped dancing and singing from the first song he played until his last. It was a party that I’m glad I didn’t miss. Here’s a clip from the show.

Final Word

I did not mention in my headline for this concert review that LA Guns were also supposed to play at this gig but they actually never took the stage. I chose to keep this review positive and boast about the bands that DID show up and pick up the pieces instead.

BUT I WILL SAY, LA Guns let their fans down tremendously without any explanation as to why they didn’t play. We had to find out from word of mouth at the show that they would not be performing. No reason why, no social media posts addressing the issue, nothing. There were rumors that it was too hot for Tracii Guns to perform (and it was extremely hot, their fans could attest to that because we were sweating our asses off too by the way), along with some rumors that they didn’t like the sound at the venue (although people who were there early confirmed that they DID NOT soundcheck at all) and finally a rumor that included money issues. So, choose your rumor boys and girls! As of today, the jury is still out as to what happened.

HOWEVER, in the end, I didn’t miss them in the whole scheme of things. Faster Pussycat were able to play some extra songs for us and Keifer Band tore the roof off the place!

Set List for Faster Pussycat at Destination Daytona on July 23, 2022
  • Jack the Bastard
  • Where There’s a Whip There’s a Way
  • Cathouse
  • Slip of the Tongue
  • You’re So Vain
  • Ain’t No Way Around It
  • NOLA
  • House of Pain
  • Number 1 with a Bullet
  • Don’t Change That Song
  • Bathroom Wall
Set List for Keifer Band at Destination Daytona on July 23, 2022
  • Touching the Divine
  • Night Songs
  • Coming Home
  • It’s Not Enough
  • Somebody Save Me
  • Rise
  • Nobody’s Fool
  • Solid Ground
  • Fallin’ Apart at the Seams
  • The Last Mile
  • Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone)
  • Shake Me
  • Shelter Me