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30 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar’s St. Louis Concert Broadcast on MTV

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On March 13, 1983, a Sammy Hagar concert from the packed Checkerdome in St. Louis, Mo. was broadcast live over radio stations all across the country, and also shown on MTV. The resulting bootleg is now the crown jewel of many Red Rocker fans’ video collections. 

At the time of the show, Hagar was hot on the heels of his biggest-ever solo single, ‘Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,’ but still not quite a household name. The California-raised singer and guitarist chose St. Louis, whose citizens welcomed him as a headline attraction faster than any other city, as the site for this important broadcast, which could obviously expose him to many new fans.

The 17,000 “crazy you know whats” in attendance quickly proved that he made the right choice, showering the stage with banners, t-shirts, toilet paper and even purses while cheering on Hagar’s every move. Sammy — naturally decked out from head to toe in red — does far more than his fair share to get them riled up, kicking off the proceedings with a frantic four-song barrage while jogging about three miles back and forth across his Trans Am-adorned stage.

He doesn’t let up throughout the rest of the 90-minute show, which also features strong performances of classics such as ‘Heavy Metal’ and ‘I’ll Fall in Love Again,’ as well as a trip into theatrical rock with ‘The Rise of the Animal’ and a nice reclamation of ‘I’ve Done Everything For You,’ a Hagar song Rick Springfield took to the top of the charts in 1981.

The former Montrose frontman wraps up the show with an extended version of that band’s ‘Bad Motor Scooter’ before climbing into the lighting rig for a set-ending ‘There’s Only One Way to Rock.’ The encore finds Hagar paying two tributes: to the Who with a dymanic ‘Baba O’ Riley’ and to our war veterans with ‘Remember the Heroes.’

Two additional songs aired only on the radio broadcast — ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘This Planet’s on Fire (Burn in Hell).’ Apart from a performance of ‘Baby’s on Fire’ that appeared in the bonus section of Hagar’s 2003 DVD ‘Long Road to Cabo,’ this concert has never been made legally available. You’d think a multimillionaire tequila magnate could write a check and get that sorted out, but maybe we’ll have to launch a Kickstarter campaign instead.

In the meantime, if you have any friends that like to knock the Red Rocker, duct tape them to a chair and make them watch this, see if they don’t change their tune pretty quickly.

The following year, ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ sent Hagar to the very top levels of rock stardom, and soon after he was recruited to replace David Lee Roth in Van Halen. He’s currently splitting his time between a solo career and his new supergroup, Chickenfoot.

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