Sammy Hagar coming to SPAC

Whitesnake, Night Ranger also on bill
Sammy Hagar (left) & The Circle
Sammy Hagar (left) & The Circle

Categories: Entertainment, Life & Arts, Saratoga County

Sammy Hagar & The Circle will perform at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., it was announced today by LiveNation.

Whitesnake and Night Ranger are also set to perform. Tickets, priced from $29.50 to $129.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Lawn four-packs are available, while supplies last. For more information, visit or

Hagar’s band includes Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. Hagar is well-known for his work with Van Halen from 1985-1996, but prior to that he gained commercial success largely from his hit song “I Can’t Drive 55.” The song reached No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 

The SPAC performance brings Hagar back to near where he began writing “I Can’t Drive 55.” The hit was inspired by a traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway during the early 1980s. The National Maximum Speed Law had been set at 55 mph. Hagar, driving from Albany to Lake Placid, was stopped for doing 62 on the highway during early morning hours. When the police officer said, “We give tickets around here for over-60,” Hagar replied “I can’t drive 55.” He began writing the song while the police officer was writing the ticket. The song appeared on his 1984 album, “VOA.” 

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