Valley News from Van Nuys, California on April 29, 1977 · Page 80
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30 Rock Preview Sammy Hager: Man in Red in Mind and Space I heard Cream for the first time and immediately took up $ the guitar. Could be the words of any number of frustrated garage-band members during the '60s who never made it out of their garages. But these ore the words of Sammy Hagar, who's done pretty well for himself since pulling out of his garage. After touring the East with Boston, he opens tomorrow night's Bob Seeger concert at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. What separates Hagar, if you look into the man, from the also-rans of the rock scene is an uncommon set of beliefs backed by confidence and clarity His tag to the Cream remark was, "How Clapton has done all the innovating that he's going to. But I feel that I've got a lot of new things to produce." Born m Monterey, he grew up in Fontana, the son of a boxer who held the bantamweight title during the mid '40s. At 13 he saw Elvis Presley for the first time and was impressed to the point of idolatry. At 16, he heard Cream and picked up the guitar. After some years of local amateur bands he was accepted into Ronnie Montrose's band Montrose. After two years of writing and singing songs with that Bay area-based band, he went off on his own. Upon leaving Montrose he got the opportunity to do "Nine on a Ten Scale" for Capitol, his first solo album On it he got some help from a contemporary of Clapton's Van Morrison. "The bass player in my band," Hagar explained, "Bill Church, had played with Von on Tupelo Honey' and 'St. Dominic's Preview ' So Van was there as a friend. It turns out he wanted to play sax on the record When he came up to me I toM him we didn't have a song with a sax part and so he wrote a song called 'Flamingo's Fly/ which he released on his new album H:s version isn't as good as mine, but neither is as powerful as when he first sat down with his guitar to play the song for me after he wrote it." On Hagar's current LP, "Sammy Hagar,"" songs by others · are about one fourth of the album. Each one brings in enough new ideas to make it stand on its own." There is Donovan's "Catch The Wind," Weil and Mann's "Hungry" and a tough version of Patti Smith's "Free Money." The rest of the material, written by Hagar, is primarily goodtime rock revolving around parties, concerts and music. "Rock 'n' roll Weekend," "Cruisin' and Boozin'," "Fillmore Shuffle" and "The Pits" make up the best of these tunes. "The Pits" has a line in it about being hit in the face with a frisbee at a concert "Yeah, you cart't imagine how many times I've been hit up on stage," complained Hagar, "but I guess it happens all the time. Everywhere I go to be interviewed, writers, radio announcers, all ted me they've been hit." This writer was no exception. Two of the remaining songs are more serious. "Red," the opening cut, is a tour de force tribute to Hagar's favorite color. Red, he said, corresponds to nine, "his number." Since you'll find one pertinent song on each of the Montrose albums he contributed to, and each of h'-_ solo albums, the reliance on red is, thankfully, more temporary. "I'm planning on wearin red this tour, but that's it. I'd be disappointed if fans came to my concert dressed in red a year from now." The final song on the album, "Little Star/Eclipse," reveals Hagar's true interests. "I believe I know answers to where we come from, where we are going and the reasons why we are here. I get glimpses of images of the future in dreams and so on. That's what I plan to do with my concept album " Hagar plans to release two albums from now, an album recorded at a concert when he is performing his "in- the-works" space odyssey about "Sammy Wilde and the Dust Cloud." "Sammy Wilde will be one of these characters who understand the mind and space and responds to prediction so that he avoids the minor hassles of the day. Eventually, he will be joined onstage by a spaceship which will take him away." He plans to hove this spaceship actually descend from the rafters of the hall, iand on the stage and fly awoy. Though Elvis inspired his motion, Uri Geller has strongly · affected his mind. Geller is a 30-yeor-old, Tel Avivbom legend in mental telepathy. He is either a superb magician, or the premiere showbi2-meets-parapsychobgy proponent in the world. It was in just such a showbiz setting ("$45 a seat and no dinner") that Hcgar. who believes strongly in | Geller's abilities ("We had similar expene-ice when we ! tnn Forum pr«Mntt NEIL SIMON'S MOST UNUSUAL HddOvar Thru May By N*il Stmoft Set. 8,00 P«_Sw, 700 f.M Gw. itiJon $4 00. Artwi and Siudtnh $3 00 St. CH 12 00 Actor's Forum 3365'/i Caho.nga Blvd. Rtservatioiu 876-9101 ueaies a wholly sympathetic perlormance whilv avoiding any hint ol sentimentality L A Times Simon s larni/iar one-liners shine through lie creates crystal-cleai characters which Actor s Forum sink their teeth ""0 Drama Logue Acting is superb . lunny hnes good emotionalism excellent scenes . go see it KXLU Rad.o were young.") saw him perform. His standard fare is bending coins and silverware, reading minds and fixing watches. All this without touching the objects. Said Hagar, "My wife had her watch with us which hadn't worked in a long time. When Un said concentrate on the watch, we did, and it began to work again." What does all this have to do with music? Until Hagar came along, nothing But it is this snowballing nature of rock V roll that causes the music pick up and promote different ideas that the musicians come in contact with along the way. The ideas are mixed with the music and come to the audience in one degree or another of dilution But this is not what he'll be performing tomorrow night. Tomorrow s still the high power rock that has made him the Bay area's pick as America's next sweetheart. But someday, maybe kids will say, instead" of having picked UD nu^-jr upon hearing Cream, "Yeah, 1 heard Sammy Hagar for the first time and picked up a book on mental telepathy " -- Crisfofer Gross I I I save $3.00 Presents Two One Acts THE BALD I AMERICA SOPRANO I HURRAH tufl»n« IOTOKO I by Jaon Von Itollie f2 TICKETS ONLY $5.00 ON APRIL 29,30 MAY 1 ONLY Offer Valid with Coupon. Reg. Adm. $4.00 Curtain 8:30 Fri. Sat., 7:30 Sunday RESERVATIONS 986-7440 4334 VAN NUYSILVD. (1 Blk. So. Vtntura) SHERMAN OAKS AVE COUPON] MOW APPIA*|NO The Hip Hypnotist CELEBRITY CLUB 9103SUNSET ATOOHCNY ^COCKTAILS Thursday, Friday, Saturday CHNNCR, ALL AGES WELCOME 275-4596 or 273-7658 Vatet Parking SELF HYPNOSIS CLASSES · 275-450A Tetro. LSpfierksj Offering free instruction in.- TETRA-SPHERICS TECHNIQUES WK. Aftll 27,8 pm - WiO. MAT 4. t pot VoH«y Jf»«byt*Han Hospital Education Bldg. 15107 Vcnowen St Von Muyt, tm 3, IB8-739) Renaisssnc Oil) nou? opctT UJ£KnPS ibi-fnytf may 2.9th CiMnt in Cettume Inel. "He has everything-massive technique, musicality of sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate." Albert Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, · 4/27/71 JEFFREY SIEGEL pianist Beethoven: Polonaise -~ in C, Opus 89 Clement!; Sonata in F minor. Opus 14, No. 3 Schubert: Sonata in C minor. D 95* Chopin: · Three Mazurka* Op. 56, No. J in C Op. 56, No, 3 in C minor Op. 50, · 1 ^No. 3 ifi CJ minor Barcarolle in FJ major. Op. 60 Liszt; ^Hungarian Rhapsody^ No. 13 Saturday, April 2 UCLA's Royce Hall Tickets: $6,5,4,3,2.50* TICKETS NOW. UCLA CENTRAL TICKET OFFICE 650 W»stwood Plaza. LA 90024. Mutual and Wallichs-Liberty Agencies For infor- matnn. call (213) 825-2953 For Master Charge or BankAmericard by phone call 825-7278. 'Students -- 1 ticket per ID UCLA OPERA THEATER [AND UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY Samuel Krachmalnick, Director John Hall, Stage Director May 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:30 May 8 15 at 2p.m. UCLA's Schoenberg Hal! _______ _ Tickets: $5, 3* "....a rubbishy work with inferior and immoral content..." ADOLF HITLER The Los Angeles premiere of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITYOF MAHAGONNY An Opera by Kurt Weil! Bertold Brecht {English translation by Michael Feingold) KWSPAPERl .'SPAPERf

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