The Circle: "We do Montrose, Van Halen, Hagar, Zeppelin and even Chickenfoot... I get to play all these great guitar parts from all these legendary players"

[from left] The Circle's Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson (Image credit: Leah Steiger)

While The Circle have been together for several years now, the band - a supergroup of sorts consisting of singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson - have spent most of that time gigging in front of crowds with a setlist consisting largely of classics from the numerous legendary projects they’re associated with, from Van Halen and Montrose to Led Zeppelin and Hagar’s solo years.

“In the beginning it was more about getting together and playing all of the music that we’ve done in our individual careers,” Anthony says. “But,” he continues, “after playing together for a certain amount of time, there’s bound to be some ideas that start coming out.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.