Sammy Hagar & David Lee Roth — August 3, 2002

AmSouth Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN

This never happens to me. On Friday, August 2, our local radio station announced that they would had a pair of tickets to see Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth for caller number 5. I grabbed my cell phone and dialed. Busy. Dialed. Busy. Dialed. Busy. Dialed. "D93, you're caller 5!" I was stunned. So, as I type this, I'm a couple of hours from leaving to go see Dave and Sam....

Well, after getting to the show, we were able to upgrade our lawn tickets to actual seats for $10 each. A bargain, I thought!

I was there to see David Lee Roth, but I still enjoyed Sammy's set. I've always liked most of Sammy's solo stuff, but hate pretty much everything ever done by Van Hagar. The cool spot of Sammy's show was when Michael Anthony joined Sammy on stage for the Van Hagar songs.

Dave looked a little uncomfortable when he first came out, but after a couple of songs, he seemed to loosen up a lot. People claim his voice is shot, but they apparently never saw Van Halen back in the day. While Dave has, IMO, an incredible voice on record, live was always hit-or-miss (mostly miss), with an emphasis on being a frontman, not a singer. In 2002, I thought Dave tried his best with being a singer, and the results were pleasing. Certainly much, much better than when I first saw Dave with Van Halen (almost exactly 20 years to the day (July 30, 1982)!!).

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