Red Rocker's “Four Decades of Rock” 12 city North American summer party slammed Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 27 featuring Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and with special guest Kim Mitchell (Max Webster). Sammy promised that this tour would be a party and that's exactly what it was. He wore his fall beach party regalia because of crazy canuck weather with red cargos, red guitars, red shoes but no flip flops. There were a couple of home brew tees with the shades and shaggy hair - definitely the shaggiest seniors do since Phyllis Diller.
The Multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer kicked off with a Montrose medley that inspired the 40 year celebration. "Space Station #5," "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter" were classic! The next decade's set was studded with solo tunes "Red," "Three Lock Box" and featured his signature song "I Can't Drive 55." The party people revved to the red line. Metal, cold drinks, fast cars, love and sex; Sammy has no regrets! The set geared down with a lap guitar solo that kicked ass while he sat his 65 year old keester casually on the drum riser. Apparently needing a little rest, he then cracked a beer and toasted Toronto's beautiful women.
"Right Now" was the beginning of something awesome! Then Mikey hits the spotlights and the crowd went wild as the boys shared a bottle of "Beach Bar Rum". The set of "Van Hagar" tunes kept the crowd rockin' with "Best of Both Worlds" and "Why Can't This Be Love." Michael's mad skills, major harmonies and infectious smile brightened the cloudy night and the party piqued with "Finnish What Ya Started."
The Wabos band were on hand with Denny Carmassi and Bill Church packing a hell of a punch. Those dudes were solid enough and they didn't try to play like Chad and Eddie or Joe. Bassist Mona Mona (Mona Gnader) shared the bottom and the top with Michael maximizing major harmonies and rocking the bass when Mike took a Beach Bar break. She sang serious lead on "Heavy Metal"
Sammy sizzled and sped into the next decade with songs like "Mas Tequila" and "Knockdown Dragout". He's a party. No holds barred. "I am retired. This is what retired musicians do!" Culminating the show with a 3 song encore, "Where Eagles Fly,"
"Bad On Fords and Chevrolets," and finally, the captivated crowd sang acapella on "Cabo Wabo."