Sammy Hagar tells columnist Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a free show for 450 people tonight. It takes place at the Cabo Wabo Cantana at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. To attend, just show up at 10:30 a.m. today to get your wristband.
Hagar says Jason Bonham will be sitting in on drums, among other special guests joining Sammy Hagar and the Wabos. Hagar currently fronts Chickenfoot, whose drummer, Chad Smith formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist, Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen, are also said to be dropping by the stage tonight, as well as drummer Vinnie Paul from Pantera.
The Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas is likely to be a new hangout for Hagar. He's been playing for years at his original club, the Cabo Wabo, in Mexico. He told the columnist, "Vegas is a lot easier to get to, so I'm sure I'll be there a lot."
As for his other band, Chickenfoot, they'll be playing at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Saturday night. The same column has Hagar making a Jimmy Page reference. The singer, who is known for his love of tequila, says of Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani, "If Joe had an Eddie Van Halen personality, or a Jimmy Page personality, or like an Yngwie Malmsteen or something, it wouldn't have worked. There'd have been friction. We're a fun band. Joe isn't off on an ego trip saying, 'You guys can't act like that around me.' We get drunk and unruly, and Joe just sits there and laughs."
Other shows coming up that have been touted as including Jason Bonham:
- Dec. 16, The Mark and Brian Christmas Show. Bonham recently did an interview on Mark and Brian's Los Angeles morning show when he was promoting some recent gigs in California. Now he's said to be returning to KLOS to perform in the Mark & Brian All-Star Band. Headlining the event are Heart, Foreigner and Richie Sambora. The Mark and Brian All-Star Band to be assembled for the gig is now said to include Slash and Bonham with Keith Emerson, Steve Lukather, Marc Bonilla and a "still yet to be named lead singer." Also appearing are William Shatner, Luke Perry, comedian Greg Behrendt and Matt Nathanson. To purchase tickets, try on Ticketmaster or see the KLOS Web site for contests.
- Jan. 8 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Bonham is said to be performing a tribute to his father, late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. It's part of a show that sees drummer Tommy Lee debuting a new lineup called Bezerk that's said to include Chad Smith of Chickenfoot (see above) and previously Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and previously Guns 'n Roses, Jose Pasillas of Incubus, Abe Cunningham of Deftones, among others. Also expect a performance from Danny Carey of Tool and Brann Dailer of Mastodon. This all takes place at Guitar Center's Drum-off Finals. Tickets area available from Livenation.