Today’s Blimp Time-Hop
32 years ago today, Sammy Hagar played his first headlining show at the Civic Center. On April 7, 1985, the Red Rocker returned to Portland on the VOA tour with Dokken opening. The VOA album went platinum featuring his signature song, I Can’t Drive 55. Later on that year in September, Sammy played onstage with Eddie Van Halen for the first time at the first Farm Aid. This was the historic public transition from successful solo artist to fronting Van Halen. His next appearance at the Civic Center was as Van Halen’s new lead singer in the summer of ’86.
Here’s the set list from Sammy’s VOA show at the CCCC!