Years: 2014 – present
Styles: Hard Rock
Sammy Hagar - Guitar, Lead vocals (in band: 2014 – present)
Michael Anthony - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 2014 – present)
Vic Johnson - Lead guitar (in band: 2014 – present)
Jason Bonham - Drums (in band: 2014 – present)
Hagar formed a new supergroup in 2014, featuring Michael Anthony, Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson, and drummer Jason Bonham. The group was called The Circle as according to Hagar, "this band has kinda taken me full circle in my career", featuring tracks from his solo hits, along with Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot. Led Zeppelin songs were also featured in homage to Led Zeppelin, due to the fact that Jason is the son of its drummer, John Bonham.
Focusing on The Circle meant Chickenfoot would be put on hiatus, helped by the fact the other supergroup gave Hagar some frustration in "spending a half-million on a record, writ[ing] and record[ing] for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records." The Circle begin touring in 2014, with a live recording released on the album, At Your Service in May 2015.
In August 2015, it was reported that The Circle were having discussions about making a studio record to follow up their live album, with Hagar stating, "I want to see what [The Circle] can do in the studio, I’ve got a vibe on what I think this band will be, and it ain’t classic rock, believe it or not. I want to play, like American folk rock, with a heavy edge. ...Remember The Band? Yeah, write lyrics about America, and about the world. I just have a feeling that this band might be able to do that really well. We’ll find out."
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