Sammy Hagar set to rock Coffee Butler Amphitheater

Sammy Hagar and The Circle will appear May 23 at Coffee Butler Amphitheater. This year, they released the album

Sammy Hagar and The Circle will appear May 23 at Coffee Butler Amphitheater. This year, they released the album “Lockdown 2020.” PHOTO BY LEAH STEIGER

For the past year, the national music scene has been quiet.

But it’s already returning with a roar, with music festivals and socially distanced shows filling Coffee Butler Amphitheater and other venues.

And now Sammy Hagar plans to take the stage, bringing The Circle to Coffee Butler Amphitheater on May 23.

For the better part of four decades, he has been known as one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists.

From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, the “Red Rocker” has set the tone for such rock anthems as “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen and is currently on his fourth platinum run with Chickenfoot. Along his journey, Hagar also has become a philanthropist, a New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur.

He appeared on season 11 of “The Voice,” where he was a mentor for Team Adam and starred in five seasons of the TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.” In 2015, he scored his second New York Times bestselling book, “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” (Harper Collins). He’s also the host of “Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown,” a weekly syndicated radio show broadcast to more than 90 U.S. stations. “Space Between,” his debut album with The Circle, entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 4 in May 2019 and debuted at No. 1 on four Billboard charts. The band toured throughout 2019 in support of the album, earning universal praise from fans and critics alike. The Circle kicked off 2021 with the release of “Lockdown 2020,” an album collection of its Lockdown Sessions featuring raw, raucous covers of classic hits.

Recorded remotely by each band member during the COVID-19 stay-athome orders, the digital music videos, which include hits like The Who’s “Won‘t Get Fooled Again,” Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” and David Bowie’s “Heroes,” already had reached an online audience of more than 30 million before the album’s release.

After being shut down for a year because COVID-19, Rams Head will host Sammy Hagar & The Circle at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. There will be plenty of food vendors, bars, take-home items from local artisans and a magical view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle appear at 7 p.m. May 23 at Coffee Butler Amphitheater, 35 E. Quay Road, Key West. Tickets are available at Key West Theater’s box office, 512 Eaton St., from noon to 5 p.m. each Wednesday. They’re available online at www.thekeywestamp.com. ¦

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